PREVIOUS OWNERS: JOHN BENNETT, Thompson & Taylor (importer)
HISTORY: (as copied from BringATrailer website June 2020)

This 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce is an Alleggerita example that was built on April 1, 1957 and sold new in the UK. The car is believed to have been taken off the road by a later owner in the mid-1970s, and was acquired by another UK-based owner in 2001. It was subsequently restored and is now finished in dark blue over a gray interior, with power coming from a rebuilt, numbers-matching inline-four mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The current owner acquired the car in 2009 and has driven it in the Tour Auto in France, the California Mille, and numerous runnings of the Colorado Grand. Now in California, this Tipo 750E is offered on behalf of the current owner with restoration records, copies of the original UK registration, a FIVA Identity Card, an ACCUS FIA Historic Passport, spare parts, and a clean California title.

Built by Bertone, the lightweight Sprint Veloce Alleggerita featured an aluminum hood, trunk lid, door skins, bumpers, and headlight bezels. These, in conjunction with other lightweight engine and interior elements, reduced weight by approximately 150 pounds when compared to a standard Sprint Veloce. This example, bearing body number 77409 as shown in the gallery, was originally finished in Bianco Spagna. Registration records show that the car was repainted in blue when it was nearly new, which is believed to have been a match to the colors of the original owner’s company, Tate & Lyle Sugars.

The exterior was repainted in white in the 1970s, and the decision was made during the early 2000s restoration to return the car to a dark blue. London-based Renaissance Classic Car Co. replaced some of the rear panels and reskinned the doors, bonnet, and bootlid. The body was then finished in the present hue by Jules Bodycraft, also of London. A fine 3″-long scratch is shown at the top of the driver-side fender, as is a touchup alongside the driver-side wiper arm, and chips and marks from use. A spot of paint shrinkage, which the seller notes is about the size of a dime and only visible under certain conditions, is present on the trailing edge of the passenger-side door.

Factory 15″ wheels are mounted with 155-section bias-ply tires. A set of five spare wheels is shown in the gallery, including photos of the stampings on the inner barrels. Braking is handled by four-wheel finned and drilled aluminum drums.

The cabin features gray cloth upholstery with matching carpets contrasted by blue vinyl on the door and rear interior panels. In keeping with the lightweight focus, Alleggeritas omitted window winders and regulators in favor of sliding plexiglass side windows, and also came without a rear seat or sound deadening. Schroth harnesses are provided for both occupants, and a fire extinguisher is mounted in the passenger-side footwell. A semi-concealed three-lighter outlet box with USB hookup is installed in the dash cubby to charge devices.

Instrumentation includes a 140-mph speedometer, an 8k-rpm tachometer with a nested oil pressure gauge, and a combination gauge for oil temperature, water temperature, and fuel level. The five-digit odometer shows 5,900 miles and has rolled during current ownership, under which approximately 12k miles have been driven.

The numbers-matching inline-four was recently rebuilt by Gran Touring Classics. A 1,400cc big bore kit with JE 10:1 pistons and custom sleeves was fitted, along with Carrillo connecting rods, new bottom-end bearings, timing chains, a rebuilt water pump, a rebuilt Marelli generator, and a cylinder head rebuilt by Jon Norman Racing. A pair of Weber 40 DCOE 2 carburetors were also fitted for easier starting at higher altitudes, and cooling is aided by a rebuilt radiator and an electric fan. The seller notes approximately 700 miles have been driven since the engine work was completed.

Correspondence between the previous owner and the archivist at Archivo Storico Alfa Romeo in 2002 is provided showing the original engine number as AR1315.30452. The current owner re-confirmed this information as well as the body number and production date with Fazio Marco at Alfa Romeo in 2015.

In preparation for sale the seller replaced the propshaft universal joints and had the brakes inspected and adjusted. Alleggerita models were fitted with a magnesium oil pan for weight savings, and additional photos of the underside are provided in the image gallery.

A pair of spare magnesium oil pans accompany the car, as do several service manuals, bins of smaller spare parts, and the removed DC03 carburetors and magnesium intake manifold.

Two binders of documentation are also included, a sample of which is shown in the gallery. Among the records are copies of the original brown UK registration booklet, as well as the later green booklet from when the car was re-registered with the pictured number plates. The ownership history is shown on the FIVA Identity Card (no. 034916) pictured above, and the ACCUS FIA Historic Passport sticker (no. 30630) is viewable in the gallery.

Under current ownership the car has participated in several runnings of the Colorado Grand, as well as the California Mille and the Tour Auto in France. The seller notes that it is also eligible for the Mille Miglia Storica and LeMans Classic. Photos of the car at a variety of events are provided below.