1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint 1600 Coupe
Chassis no. AR353030
Engine no. AR00526*03237*
1,570cc dohc water-cooled inline four-cylinder engine
Single Solex downdraft carburetor
104bhp at 6,200rpm
5-speed manual transmission
4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
Coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with coil springs
-Iconic Giulia Sprint Coupe
-Refreshed original car
-Unusual period accessories
-Full mechanical service
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint
Alfa Romeo returned to automobile manufacture fairly soon after World War II, but not until 1950 was a new design available. This was the 1900, a unibody sedan with a twin overhead cam 1,884 cc four-cylinder engine. It was the first Alfa built on a real production line all previous cars had been largely hand-built and also the first with left-hand drive. Until 1950, Alfa production had hovered around 400 units annually. With the 1900, this increased almost tenfold. A 1900C Sprint coupe was introduced with body by Carrozzeria Touring and a Spyder cabriolet by Pinin Farina, both built in much smaller quantities.
In 1954 came Alfa's second new postwar design, the Giulietta. Powered by a light alloy dohc four of 1,290 cc, it came as a unibody 2+2 coupe by Bertone, called "Sprint," and was capable of 102 mph in basic form. The more powerful Sprint Veloce, introduced in 1956, would do 110. Its basic design was the work of Orazio Satta Puliga, who had joined Alfa in 1938 and succeeded Wilfredo Ricart as head of design in 1946.
In the Spring of 1955, a sedan version (Berlina) became available, and soon afterwards a Spider convertible by Pininfarina. Joining the standard models in 1957 were two limited-production models, the Sprint Speciale, a long-tail coupe by Bertone, and the Sprint Zagato, a short-tail version by that Milanese coachbuilder. Alfa Romeo did not mount an all-out factory competition program, but private entries were a credit to the marque, a pair of Giulietta Sprints making a good showing in the 1956 Mille Miglia.
Although the Berlina was the most popular, particularly in Italy, with nearly 193,000 built in eleven years, the Sprint and the Spider became the archetypal Alfas, beloved of Alfisti and moviegoers alike, the latter thanks to screen appearances with the likes of Dustin Hoffman. Sprint production reached more than 27,000 by the time the model was phased out in 1965, the Giulietta having been succeeded by this model, the 1,570 cc, five-speed Giulia, in 1962.
The Motorcar Offered
Completed on August 4, 1962, this Giulia Sprint coupe was delivered to its original owner in Rome on September 21. It is mostly original, apart from a repaint in the original Gardenia White and new covers on the blue and white seats. Some spot repairs have been made to the bottom of the door edges, and a few small holes in the headliner remain as testament to its authenticity.
The car is fitted with an unusual period Voxson Vanguard mirror, which incorporates control of the AM radio into a dashboard-mounted rear-view mirror. It also comes with an anti-theft steering column clamp, an early accessory similar to "The Club" that is on the market today.
Within the last two years it has had new engine mounts, transmission and differential seals, a new fuel sender, a new manifold gasket and throttle lever seal. Hoses and clamps have been replaced, generator bearings renewed and new spark plugs installed. Timing and valve clearances have been checked and adjusted, and new filters installed at time of an oil change. The engine has excellent, even compression on all cylinders and runs well, making the car a dream to drive. It runs, stops and steers without hesitation or effort, and accelerates swiftly and shifts smoothly. It comes with a complement of tools and a number of spare parts, as well as a copy of the instruction book. An icon of the 1960s, this Alfa is ready to be enjoyed.