1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Mileage 
    10 020 km / 6 227 mi
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    10112000215
  • Lot number 
    145
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

Very rare (1/1,366) 1300cc Giulietta Sprint Speciale with great provenance100bhp/120mph from the 1290cc double overhead cam, alloy block, straight-four. RemarkableCorrect 5-speed box, rare alloy wheels, upgraded front brakes and an oil coolerUntil recently part of a large UK private collection and maintained by their in-house mechanicEligible to race in a plethora of prestigious 'Blue Riband' events2015 FIA/MSA Historic Technical Passport (Period E 1947-61 Class GTS4)valid until 2025Carta di Circolazione,CSAI Passaporto and Log Book, Classic Car Taxatie (Dutch valuation)When Francesco Vittorio Scaglione moved to Turin in 1951 in pursuit of his dream to become a car stylist, he was fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of a young Nuccio Bertone, who had recentlyestablished his own design studio andbody shop. Franco'sfirst efforts were focussed on an Abarth 1500 and the svelte Siata 208CS followed by the dramatic BAT 5. In 1954, he styled the Alfa Sportiva Coup and Spider, subsequently the superbly balanced Giulietta Sprint (aided and abetted by ex-Ghia, Mario Boano) and finally, the out-of-this-worldBAT 7, a design that stops traffic now never mind 65 years ago. Scagliones output was prodigious with creative designs flowing from his fingertips onto the drawing board. In 1956, he penned the remarkable little Giulietta Sprint Speciale, an example of which we are offering here. It embodied his search for streamlined beauty and, despite the lack of computer-aided design, the cars Coefficient of Drag was a tiny .28, scarcely troubling the surrounding air, and a figure that would not be bettered for 20 years.In 1957, at the Turin Motor Show, a pre-production prototype of the SS was given a low-key debut to assess reaction and was particularly well-received, however, Alfa continued to tweak the design and displayed two further prototypes at later motor shows until, on June 24th 1959, the official press launch of the finalised design was held at Monza in the lovely Italian sunshine.The new car was powered by an Alfa Romeo Twin Cam straight-fourof 1290cc, with analuminium-alloy engine block and cast-iron inserted sleeves.The 'crossflow' alloy headfeatured hemispherical combustion chambers and the double overhead camshaftswere driven by two timing chainsand acted on two valvesper cylinder, angled at 80. With 100bhp available and lightweight streamlined bodywork, this little car had a recorded maximum speed of 124mph, quite remarkable for a 1300.Motorsport is part of the Italian DNA and Alfa were convinced that Scagliones incredibly slippery design would offer success on the circuits and with the FIA requirement to produce 100 cars in order for the model to be Homologated, the first 101 cars produced had the "low nose and 750SS designation.Whilstthere were some all-aluminium cars produced, the majority of these cars had steel bodies with aluminium doors, engine bonnet and boot lid.After these initial cars, the Tipo 101.2 was introduced as a production road-going model and changes included steel doors, Weber 40 DCOE2 carburettors, a higher front nose, removal of Plexiglas windows, bumpers front and rear, and minimal sound-proofing.In total 1,366 1.3-litre,Giulietta SS were completed with production ending in 1965.This charming Guilietta SS 1300 dates from early 1960 and was used as a road car until being converted to an historic racing car in Italy at some point in the past. During2005, it was granted FIA papers (Period E /Class HGTS4) andin2011, the little Alfawas imported to the UK to joina large private collection where it wascampaigned by a prominent historic racer and carefullymaintained by the collections personal mechanic. In 2015, it was fitted with new FIA seats and belts but, as always with any competition car, it is essential that a new owner satisfies himself as to the legality, validity and currency of any racing-related equipment. An MSA/FIA Historic Technical Passport (Racing and Hill-Climb) was issued in 2015 and is valid until the end of 2025.The car is nicely prepared and has been well maintained with the bodywork, underneath, running gear and engine all appearing to remain in very good condition. Its fitted with twin Weber DCOE2s, an oil cooler and retainsits correct 5-speed gearbox, however, the internals of the original engine obviously made a determined bid for freedom as it has been replaced by another original, model-correct, power unit. Lighter alloy wheels replace the original steel examples and the triple-shoe front brakes have been upgraded to aid retardation.It is supplied with old Italian registration documents that date back to 1967, the FIA/MSA HTP,Carta di Circolazione,CSAI Passaporto and Log Book (lots of interesting entries), a Classic Car Taxatie (Dutch valuation)along with a binder full of history.With only a handful of these cars racing, both in Europe and the UK, their values continue to strengthen and this venerable Alfa seems very competitively guided. We are sure that the car will be welcome at a number of prestigious motorsport events throughout Europe but,even if you choose not to race it, this is a classicexample of Bertones most creative period and with its diminutive stance, fifties Alfa cachet and Scagliones molten velvet flowing lines, its simply a work of automotive art.