1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale
Chassis no. AR 10120*177251
1,290cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine
Twin Weber carburetors
Four-speed manual transmission
Independent front and rigid rear axle with four-wheel coil spring suspension
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
-Disco Volante influenced Bertone styling
-Well restored car
-Increasingly popular model
The Giulietta Sprint Speciale
Alfa Romeo's styling exercises are often closer to production than those of other manufacturers. Alfa's sense of Italian style and its ability to work hand-in-hand with carrossiers like Zagato, Pinin Farina and Bertone often saw show car elements, and even whole show cars, quickly transitioned from the stand at Geneva or Paris to the showroom. This process still functioned as Alfa Romeo transitioned its manufacturing methods from body on frame to unit body. It became more difficult, but Alfa and its favored carrossiers made the extra effort in the interest of style and exploring the integration of form, function and aerodynamics.
In 1952 Touring created a series of futuristic styling exercises, quickly adapted to Alfa's sportscar racing efforts. Called the Disco Volante, the 'Flying Saucers' voluptuous curves quickly caught worldwide attention. The Disco Volantes were followed by three legendary Bertone creations, the BATs or Berlina Aerodynamic Technica, designed by Franco Scaglione. These three extravagant coupés explored a variety of aerodynamic devices to minimize aerodynamic resistance and control air flow for maximum stability.
Concurrently, 1954 saw the announcement of Alfa's new small car, which proved to be a stupendous success. The all-aluminum dual overhead camshaft 4-cylinder engine was a jewel of concept and execution, with performance that belied its small size and continued Alfa's tradition of excellence in achieving high specific output from its engines, enhanced by lightweight construction and a responsive chassis. So successful, in fact, was the Giulietta that Alfa quickly began to refine it, announcing a new series of Giuliettas in 1957 which went into production in 1959.
The close collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Bertone, constructor of the Giulietta Sprint's coupé body, made it appropriate that the vehicle chosen to herald the 1957 announcement of the impending 101 Series Giulietta was a special berlinetta by Bertone. The Sprint Speciale was an artful blend of the aerodynamic principles learned in the BATs, with styling cues recalling the Disco Volantes. This was both a handsome exercise in styling and an even more impressive application of vehicle aerodynamics.
The Motorcar Offered
This is a well restored and finely presented example of these models, which shows a high level of detail in its visuals. Naturally finished in Alfa Red, this is offset well by a grey cloth and red vinyl fabric interior, the seats are professionally redone with red piping accentuating their contours. The door panels are matched to this, with grey inserts on red backgrounds, and the carpets are red, again with piped edge trims throughout.
The car is understood to have spent its entire life in its home country of Italy, and is believed to have been domiciled and registered in the region of Florence, before arriving in the U.S. within the last two years. The restoration that it has clearly received is thought to have been undertaken in Italy.
A model that has deservingly received strong attention in the last few years, the Sprint Speciale is undeniably a very sexy and voluptuous automobile underpinned by great sporting mechanics.
- Please note that the correct chassis number for this vehicle is AR177251 and it is titled as 1962