Chassis nr. AR 1493E* 06936
Engine nr. AR 1315*31459
1300cc engine 115HP, doubble webers, weight 750Kgs.
This is one of the 18 Guiletta Sprint Veloce Zagato coupes built between 1956 and 1959. All slightly different in detail execution. That the line began with an accident is fascinating and tells a compelling story of mid-20th century Italian racing. In 1956 Dore Leto di Priolo chrashed his Alfa Romeo Guilettta sprint Veloce driving the Mille-Miglia, essentially destroying the bodywork. Rather than having his car repaired to factory standards, he had the remains taken to Zagato, where craftsmen cut the wrecked panels off the platform and built a new body in its place and so the first "Guiletta sprint Veloce Zagato" was born. With a more aerodinamic shape and an alloy body weighing more than 100Kgs less than the steel-paneled factory car, this "Sprint Veloce Zagato" coupe was soon racking up a string of victories trough the remainder of 1956 and into 1957.
This example is restored in 1986 by Zagato Carrozzeria Galbiati.