'One of Satta's very remarkable achievements was the creation of a race of modern, mass-produced motor cars which, depending on the model, retain or improve upon the competition-bred thoroughbred qualities of Alfa Romeos of the artisan past.' - Griffith Borgeson, 'Alfa Immagini e Percorsi', 1985.
By the time of the Giulia's introduction in 1962, Alfa Romeo's highly successful 'small car, big performance' formula, begun by the Giulietta in 1954, was well established. The Giulia is one of Alfa Romeo's many imaginative and successful designs produced under the aegis of Dr Orazio Satta Puglia, the company's esteemed Central Director. It was Satta who brought high-volume production to Alfa Romeo with the Giulietta, thereby ensuring the company's future.
Alfa's classic twin-cam four was downsized to 1,290cc for the Series 750 Giulietta, gaining an alloy cylinder block in the process. The debutante Sprint Coupé was soon joined by Berlina and Spider versions, and then in 1959 came the ultimate Giulietta - the Sprint Speciale. These model designations and body styles were carried over into the improved 101 Series Giuliettas produced from 1959 and continued when the range was up-graded to Giulia status in 1962. Outwardly almost indistinguishable from the outgoing Giulietta, the Series 101 Giulia boasted a more powerful and much less fussy 1,570cc engine, in addition to welcome improvements to the previously feeble heating arrangements. 'Few cars can rival the 1600 Alfa for sheer driving enjoyment, and the keen driver devoting his full attention to driving it will be amply rewarded,' declared Car & Driver.
Finished in rosso with black interior, this left-hand drive Giulia Sprint was imported from the USA by an American student and sold to the vendor's father in 1974 (at 43,000 miles). Inherited by the vendor in 2004, the Alfa was restored between 2005 and 2010 at a cost of over £47,000 (bills on file), since when it has been kept in dry storage and MoT'd every year. Fewer than 500 miles have been covered since the restoration's completion, the current odometer reading being circa 52,700. Accompanying documentation consists of a current MoT certificate, V5C registration document, and the aforementioned bills.