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 800cc 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.
UPDATED: BRING-A-TRAILER 2018 SOLD FOR $141,000
This 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sprint Speciale was sold new at Performance Cars Inc. in Pompano Beach, Florida and acquired by the seller through an October 2017 BaT Auction. Power is from a 1570cc twin-cam four that received a valve job and tune-up under previous ownership and is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Refurbishment work performed since 2000 has included rust repair, a repaint in a color similar to the factory red, and refreshment of the interior with new carpets, upholstery, and headliner. This Giulia SS now shows just over 84,500 miles and is offered with its original sales invoice, correspondence from a previous owner and Alfa Romeo Centro Documentazione, and a Colorado title.
The Sprint Speciale originally debuted in 1957 with the 750SS “low nose.” Production started with the 1300cc Giulietta SS, later transitioning to the 1600cc Giulia SS, which was built until 1966. New steel was incorporated into the body and lower driver’s door of this example shortly after the previous owner’s purchase in 2000, and a glass-out exterior repaint in Honda Formula Red (R-510) was performed.
Following the development of more rust, the car was repaired with 18-gauge steel panels at 74k miles and repainted once more in the same color. Detailed photos are included in the gallery to show the current condition of the finish, glass, and trim. The car was awarded “Best Alfa Romeo” at an annual Italian car show in Washington, DC under current ownership as seen in the gallery below.
The interior was refreshed at the time of the first repaint with new carpet, headliner fabric, and seat upholstery. Decorative leather luggage straps were fabricated by the previous owner of 17 years to resemble period accessories available when the car was new. A 3-spoke Moto-Lita steering wheel and wood shift knob replace the originals, which are included in the sale.
Electrical systems, instruments, and switchgear are in working order according to the seller, including the vintage-style pushbutton AM/FM transistor radio. The 5-digit odometer shows just over 84,500 miles, a handful of which have been added by the seller.
The 1570cc twin-cam four is equipped with a pair of Weber 40DCOE2 carburetors, which are mounted with a plenum and airbox setup similar to that of the contemporary Giulia Spider Veloce. The engine reportedly received a valve job and adjustment at 64k miles, and a new clutch, pressure plate, and throwout bearing were added in 2016. A tune-up was completed by the previous owner along with removal, cleaning, and resealing of the fuel tank.
New shocks and springs were fitted all around in July 2017. A fluid check and suspension lubrication were carried out under current ownership. Additional underbody photos are included in the gallery below.
The original bill of sale can be seen above, showing a $4,010 MSRP. Correspondence from the Alfa Romeo archives is included along with additional history from a previous owner. The factory tool kit, steering wheel, and shift knob are also included in the sale along with a collection of other literature.