A very early Sprint Veloce from the second week of production, built 3rd May 1956, sold to an aristocrat in Milan, registration 306944 MI. Subsequently restored in the 1990s by Keith Martin, editor of Sports Car Market, then sold to the Sakaguchi Collection in Japan before being imported to the UK.
The car is number 1493E 01722 and matching numbers with engine 1315 30025. In very good overall condition, the car is fully sorted, drives beautifully and is to original specification apart from an up-rated front anti-roll bar, a later pattern steering box and an auxiliary electric fan.
The car successfully completed the 2008 Mille Miglia unsupported (and is short-listed for future Mille Miglias) being driven from the UK for the event and back. The car also performed faultlessly during an extensive European tour at high speed and in comfort this summer.
With FIVA papers, current MOT and road tax, the car is eligible for the very best events world-wide, but more importantly, it is a delight to drive.
The car was also sold at one time through EURO Classics "1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Lightweight S/N 01722" is the listing.
The Sprint Veloce was also sold on the dealer of Morris and Welford:
This matching numbers car is the really lovely ex Keith Martin / ex Sagaguchi Collection / ex Paul Gregory Sprint Veloce Lightweight Alfa. The car has been previously very carefully restored and thus presents now extremely well. The build run numbers indicate that it is an early Sprint Veloce and indeed it has all the correct numbers, as well as the correct lightweight parts: front & rear bumpers, headlight rims, door frames, Plexi side / rear windows, ribbed floor in the boot, Fergat wheels, magnesium intake and magnesium oil pan. An electric fan has sensibly been fitted and it also has a later type steering box, while an uprated anti-sway bar is fitted to the front. The Alfa was taken on the 2008 Mille Miglia Retrospective for which it still has the official windscreen pass and wire seal on the steering column. The car has of course bright red paintwork, unmarked straight panel work with better than usual door fits, grey with red piping seats and red trimmed interior, good dash.