‘The Alfa, in a few words then, is a small car with a rev-happy dohc engine that can carry two people from point A to point B over all types of roads quicker than most cars twice its size. It does this not with blinding speed but with a wonderful combination of roadholding, compact size and sheer willingness.’ – Car & Driver on the Giulietta Sprint.
With the introduction of the Bertone-styled 750-Series Giulietta Sprint in 1954, Alfa Romeo established the 'small car, big performance' formula that would characterise the Milanese marque's finest offerings from then on. Alfa's classic twin-cam four was downsized to 1,290ccc for the 750-Series Giulietta, gaining an alloy cylinder block in the process. The Sprint coupé was soon joined by Berlina and Spider versions, the latter styled by Pinin Farina and built on a slightly shorter wheelbase. The Giulietta family's success surprised even Alfa themselves; production targets were revised upwards and to satisfy demands for increased performance, upgraded Veloce versions of the Sprint and Spider were introduced.
The new Giulietta Sprint Veloce was soon being raced with outstanding success, winning its class in the 23rd Mille Miglia and finishing 11th overall. Class victories were achieved in the Coppa Dolimiti, Tour de France and Mille Miglia, and the Alpine Rally won outright. The combination of a rev-happy engine, fine-handling, responsive chassis and excellent brakes make the Giulietta Sprint a driver's car par excellence and explains why these stylish Alfa Romeos continue to attract the discerning enthusiast today.
Delivered new in the USA, this Giulietta Sprint Veloce was imported from California in 1991 and in 1995 was restored to correct original specification by Mec Auto of Eupen, Belgium. The engine was rebuilt in 2010 and the car comes with the relevant invoice (for €8,500), its original Italian handbook and Belgian Carte Grise.