HISTORY: SYMBOLIC MOTORS 2012 La Jolla California

>UPDATE AUGUST 15, 2019 GOODING AND COMPANY MONTEREY AUCTION:(as copied from the Gooding on line catalog) )

The Giulietta Sprint Speciale prototype debuted at the Torino motor show in 1957 and was launched in 1959 at the famed Monza circuit outside of Milan. Designed by Franco Scaglione of Bertone, the Giulietta SS was clearly a blood relation of the earlier Disco Volante and B.A.T. show cars, featuring a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration; special three-shoe front brakes; and a highly tuned 1,300 cc engine coupled to a five-speed gearbox. Only 1,366 Giulietta Sprint Speciales were built before an updated Giulia version was introduced in 1963.

This Giulietta SS is a late-production example and benefits from greater power and torque thanks to a 1600 engine (tipo AR00112) from a later Giulia Sprint Veloce model, bringing together the ideal combination of the uprated Veloce-spec engine with the refined design proportions and details of the Giulietta. Reportedly well known among Japanese Alfa Romeo circles, this car was a frequent participant at club events and rallies in the 1990s and 2000s, before being exported to Southern California. Finished in white over black upholstery, and highlighted by dynamic red striping and lightweight alloy wheels, it is now being offered from a prominent Swiss collection.

The current condition of the Alfa Romeo suggests decades of regular care and service. Unrestored and recently serviced, this fabulous example of the Giulietta Sprint Speciale would be an enthusiastic candidate for future touring events or an excellent base for a show-quality restoration.