• Older restoration
• Full engine rebuild
• Charming patina
• Reluctant sale
• ASI Certified
• Partially restored in the 1990s
• Last owner since 1983
• Regularly driven and shown
• Valid Italian test ("revisione") expiring in 11/2023
• 1.3 Alfa Twin Cam
• Lively performance
• Drives well
• Recent oil service
• Brake and suspension overhaul
Originally shown as a prototype at the 1957 Turin Motor Show, the Giulia-based Alfa Romeo SS was deemed to be so attractive that it was put into production.
The production cars were revealed at the Monza race track in 1959 and were the most aerodynamic models of their day, alongside the Chevrolet Corvette, with a drag co-efficient of 0.28.
Styled by Bertone, the SS is regarded as one of the most incredible-looking cars of all-time, and this example shows that perfectly – finished in Alfa Romeo Rosso Corse (or Racing Red) it’s been in long-term ownership for almost 40 years and is today offered for sale as a genuine, smart older restoration that’s sure to attract collectors and investors.
The Alfa Romeo was first registered in Treviso (Italy), but in 1983 the car moved to Udine and the registration number changed accordingly – it currently has an Udinese registration number (black number plate with Province acronym UD in orange colour).
The car went through a partial restoration in the 1990s - the body and the interior were restored, but the engine was overhauled more recently, around five years ago.
The elderly owner can no longer drive it, so the car, which has always been garaged, has been a regular on the Italian show scene.
It is certified as a historic vehicle ("omologazione ASI") and has a patina commensurate with the age of its restoration.
The SS is very smart and well-presented inside but shows a few signs of gentle patina.
The most relevant are some light wear to the driver’s seat, which also has a mark. The headlining around the rear window has a spot of water damage, albeit minor. The leather topped dashboard is also in good condition. Towards the rear, the parcel shelf is also a good condition, however, there is remnants of glue from where badges were once placed.
There’s also some light pitting to some of the chrome interior trim.
The SS has a few very small blemishes, but these are related to the age of the restoration and they can easily be solved. Just a few small scuffs and marks and areas of paint fade that can easily be resolved should you so wish.
Overall, it still presents really well and looks fantastic on its alloy wheels, which are a period aftermarket accessory.
The Alfa is described as the vendor as being surprisingly lively to drive, with good performance and eager responses despite its diminutive engine size. According to the sources available, the engine number falls within the interval of AR00120 type engines manufactured in 1962 for the Giulietta Sprint Speciale 101.20. It is however impossible to confirm whether any of these cars retain the original engine that they left the factory with.
It has been fully serviced prior to being offered for sale and is said to run well with no evident problems. The brakes and suspension components have also been recently overhauled.
This is a very rare opportunity to acquire one of the all-time classic and certainly most collectable Alfa Romeos.
It’s in great condition with a gentle patina and is in very good order for an older restoration.
SSs don’t come up for sale very often and are usually eagerly snapped up by collectors, so here’s your opportunity to grab one for yourself.