With a design rooted in the B.A.T. aerodynamic studies conducted by Bertone in the 1950s, the Sprint Speciale debuted in 1957 with the 750SS “low nose”. Production started with the 1300cc Giulietta SS, later transitioning to the 1600cc Giulia SS which was produced until 1966. Shortly after the seller’s 2000 purchase, this car was given a full glass-out repaint in Honda Formula Red (R-510), which was a close match to the factory Red (AR 501) color in the engine bay. New metal work incorporated into the body and along the lower portion of the driver’s door.
Following a newer development of rust, the car was repaired with 18 gauge steel panels at 74k miles and followed by a new repaint. Detailed photos are included in the gallery that highlight the condition of the finish, glass, and trim.
The interior was refreshed at the time of the first repaint with new carpet, headliner fabric, and seat upholstery. A Moto-Lita three-spoke wheel and wooden shift knob replace the originals that are included in the sale, and decorative leather luggage straps were fabricated by the seller to resemble period accessories available when the car was new.
Lights, gauges, and systems are in working order, including a vintage-style push-button AM-FM transistor radio. The 5-speed gearbox is said to exhibit good second gear synchro operation. Mileage is shown at 84k miles and is believed to be an accurate indication by the seller.
The factory 1570cc twin-cam four breathes through twin Weber 40DCOE2 carburetors and plenum with airbox, a setup shared with the Giulia Spider Veloce. Consistently maintained and driven often by the seller throughout his ownership, the car received a valve job and adjustment at 64k miles, and was most recently serviced with a new clutch, pressure plate, and throw out bearing in 2016 and full tune-up earlier this year. The gas tank has also been removed, cleaned, and resealed. Apart from a noted slight pulsing of the front brakes, the car is said to start and run quite well, cruising easily at 80 mph and exhibiting good oil pressure with normal oil consumption.
Several underbody photos are included in the gallery. New front and rear shocks and springs were fitted by the seller last month in preparation for sale.
The original bill of sale can be seen above showing a $4,010 MSRP. Also included in the sale is correspondence from the Alfa Romeo archives and a previous owner that provides some additional history on the car. The toolkit, original steering wheel, and shift knob are also included in the sale and pictured below.