Alfa Romeo established the “small car, big performance” formula that would characterize the Milanese marque’s finest offerings when they introduced the Bertone-styled Giulietta Sprint in 1954. Alfa’s classic twin-cam four was downsized to 1,290 cc for the 750-series Giulietta, gaining an alloy cylinder block in the process. The Sprint coupe was soon joined by berlina and spider versions, the latter styled by Pininfarina and built on a slightly shorter wheelbase.
The Giulietta model’s success surprised even Alfa Romeo themselves; production targets were revised upwards, and to satisfy demands for increased performance, upgraded Veloce versions of the Sprint and spider were introduced. The combination of a rev-happy engine, fine handling, responsive chassis, and excellent brakes made the Giulietta Sprint a driver’s car par excellence and explains why these stylish Alfa Romeos continue to attract the discerning enthusiast today.
This especially handsome Giulietta Sprint Veloce was acquired by its current enthusiast owner from noted Italian car specialist and restorer Raffi Najarian at the Pit Stop in Brisbane, California. Mr. Najarian treated this rare 750-series Sprint Veloce to a correct, highly detailed comprehensive restoration to be part of his personal collection of significant Italian sports cars. No detail was overlooked in an effort to make this a concours-worthy example, and a large file of receipts documents much of that effort. The nut-and-bolt restoration included a comprehensive rebuild of mechanical components, including its series-correct Veloce 1300 engine. A sumptuous two-tone leather interior and alluring dark blue paint, both done to extremely high standards, complement the elegant Bertone coachwork.
Visually stunning and sure to be a delight on the open road, this Giulietta is offered with a reproduction owner’s manual and tool roll. Beautifully presented, a finer example of a 750-series Sprint Veloce will be very hard to come by.