1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta


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Italian title - Participated in Mille Miglia 1956, saved by a miracle - High quality restoration - Coming from the Telecommunications museum in Milan - Ex Consalvo Sanesi Mille Miglia 1956 The Alfa Romeo Giulietta was prepared for competition from the start. Max Hoffman, the ebullient importer from New York, appears to have played a part in this, having initiated the creation of a " single seater " Giulietta barchetta, with a windscreen that envelopped the driver and the passenger side covered with a metal panel. Some twenty examples would have been built and the principally American use seen by this model gave it the name " Sebring ". However, certain examples remained in Europe, including one that took part in the1956 Mille Miglia, driven by Consalvo Sanesi. Research using the car's chassis number into the PRA (Pubblico Registro Automobilismo - the Italian registration body) established that the car on offer did indeed have the registration number of the car raced by Sanesi in the 1956 Mille Miglia (301980MI). He also raced the car just before this on the Tour of Sicily, running as number 322. Leaving the workshop in March 1956, this Tipo 750 G is believed to be the third "monoposto" built. The first owner was Alfa Romeo and the car was number 425 in the renowned Italian race in 1956. Unfortunately, while travelling flat out, the gearbox jammed, provoking a spectacular roll in which the car ended up back on all four wheels. Normally, once the career of these special cars came to an end, they were used as 'laboratory cars' or destroyed on the orders of Orazio Satta, head of Alfa Romeo. This appeared to be the fate in line for this car, according to the PRA who initially reported it as having been destroyed. However, a fortunate series of events allowed the car to escape this sad outcome, and it was eventually sold to someone influential enough at Alfa Romeo to be able to recover such a car. The historian Luigi Fusi has recounted that Sanesi remembered returning to the factory around two months after his accident to salvage " his giulietta ". He knew the car had landed on its wheels and would be easily repairable, but nobody could tell him where it was. When he went down to the underground parking area where the experimental cars were stored and could see no trace of it there he realised that, as happened at that time, the car must have been given to someone well connected to Alfa Romeo. We then lose track of the Alfa Romeo's wherabouts, to find it again in the 1980s, boxed up and abandoned. It was in a sorry state, although the shell appeared to be whole, as evident in various photos available to us. Intrigued by this body that appeared at first sight to be a special spider, Giacomo Tavoletti, founder of the Telecommunications museum in Milan, researched the chassis number on the body to discover the fascinating story of this car. The Alfa was then completely restored and returned to its configuration for the 1956 Mille Miglia. The body was stripped back to bare metal, the rust eliminated and the car was painted red. It was fitted with a 1300 type 1415 engine conforming to the original one, with two Weber 40-DCO3 carburettors, correct for the car and almost impossible to find today. On the rolling road, the car recorded 105 bhp at 6,000 rpm. The dashboard has extra gauges and the car has a passenger seat, and it can be easily transformed into a two-seater with an adaptable second arrangement of aero-screens to protect both occupants. A file of photos of the restoration and historic articles come with the car, which was exhibited in 1996 on the Alfa Romeo stand at the Turin Motor Show, and has been the subject of an article in Ruoteclassiche in March 1993. This Giulietta barchetta offers a unique opportunity to acquire a car that has taken part in the most scenic race in the world, and would be eligible for numerous top-level historic events.