UPDATE: For sale on BringATrailer August 2019 (copied from the webpage)
Location: Portland, Oregon
30k Kilometers (~19k Miles) Shown, TMU
Original Twin-Cam Inline-Four
4-Speed Manual Gearboxa
Engine Rebuilt in 2013
Weber 40DC03 Carburetors
Dave Rugh Coil Springs and Sway Bars
Repainted Graphite Gray
Owned by Keith Martin of Sports Car Market
Private Party or Dealer: Dealer
Additional Charges From This Dealer: USD $0
Category: Italian, Premium
This 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce was built on April 3, 1958 and is one of 199 Confortevole Sprint Veloces produced. Confortevole was the name given to the Giulietta Sprint Veloces built from chassis 1493E05834 to 1493E06611, and they were conceived as a more deluxe version of the Sprint Veloce Lightweight. This car was sold new in Lugano, Switzerland and underwent refurbishment by Alfa Romeo enthusiast Alan LaSalle in Southern California before being acquired in 2012 by the current owner, Keith Martin of Sports Car Market. The matching-numbers twin-cam inline-four was rebuilt in 2013 with Pitatori camshafts, 1.4-liter pistons sourced from Jon Norman, and Weber DC03 carburetors. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 4-speed tunnel-case gearbox and a limited-slip differential. The car has also been repainted in Graphite Gray and fitted with a ceramic-coated factory tubular exhaust headers, as well as Dave Rugh coil springs and sway bars. This 750E-series Sprint Veloce is now offered on consignment by the selling dealer with service records beginning in 2013 and a clean Oregon title.
Originally finished in Bianco Spagna, this car was repainted Graphite Grey under previous ownership. A refresh of the paint and bodywork was carried out by Bill Gillham, and the current finish is shown from a variety of angles in the gallery, which also contains close-up photos of brightwork, badging, and amber taillights. Note the early “eyebrow” grille and smaller 6″ headlights unique to the early production cars.
All Sprint Veloces produced before May 1958 were either 750E Lightweight Alleggeritas or Confortevoles, and the Confortevoles actually shared all the mechanical attributes of the 750 Lightweight. These included the Veloce engine, Weber 40DC03 carburetors, formed tubular headers, 4.10 rear axle, oversized fuel tank, special sump and oil pump, and other items outlined in the detailed Greig Smith article shown in the gallery. 15” steel wheels are equipped with polished covers and radial tires. The brake system was reportedly overhauled by Chip Starr, and a full-size spare and a factory tool kit are included in the sale.
Confortevoles featured roll-up windows (as opposed to the sliding plexi windows on the Lightweight) and full door panels, and could be ordered with or without a rear seat.
A stock steering wheel sits ahead of the Veglia gauge cluster with 220-km/h speedometer and Veloce-specific 8000-rpm tachometer. Approximately 30k kilometers (~19k miles) are shown on the five-digit odometer, although true mileage is unknown.
The twin-cam inline-four was rebuilt in August 2013 by Denny Pillar with 1.4L pistons, Pitatori camshafts, a Pertronix distributor, and a larger oil pump. Machine work was performed by Bearing Service Company of Portland, Oregon, while the Weber 40DC03 carburetors were overhauled by Pierce Manifolds. Receipts from some of the associated work are provided in the gallery, and the car was last serviced following its participation in the SCM 1000 rally in 2018.
A photo of engine stamping #AR1315*31015* captured during the refurbishment is shown above and matches the number on the chassis plate shown in the gallery.
The tunnel-case four-speed gearbox was rebuilt by specialist Claus Menzel with NOS parts sourced from Alfa of Tacoma. Power is sent to a replacement 4.10:1 rear end with a limited-slip differential. Additional underbody photos are provided below, showing the floors, suspension components, and ceramic-coated exhaust.
A communication from Marco Fazio of Automobilismo Storico Centro Documentazione provides details about the car’s original manufacture and sale dates and factory paint color. Documents presented in the gallery detail work that has been done to the car since 2013, and several included photos capture restoration work completed under previous ownership.