Alfa Romeo established the “small car, big performance” formula that would characterize the marque’s finest offerings when they introduced the Bertone-styled Giulietta Sprint in 1954. Alfa’s tried-and-true twin-cam inline four-cylinder engine was downsized to 1,290 cc for the 750-series Giulietta, utilizing an alloy cylinder block in the process. The Sprint coupe was joined shortly afterwards by the berlina and spider versions, the latter styled by Pinin Farina and built on a slightly shorter wheelbase.
The Giulietta model’s success surprised even Alfa Romeo themselves as production targets were moved upwards. The combination of a rev-happy engine, fine handling, responsive chassis, and excellent brakes made the Giulietta a driver’s car par excellence and explains why these stylish spiders continue to attract discerning enthusiasts. Only 1,203 Giulietta Spider Veloces were produced, and they remain among the most collectable of the model today.
The Giulietta Spider Veloce we are offering here is chassis AR1495/F 01970, a very special example of this legendary model, being one of the first 30 cars produced! Supplied new in the US, 01970 is today finished in red with black leather to the interior as per its original specifications – according to its certificate of origin by Alfa Romeo – the engine was bored and its capacity changed from 1300 to 1400 by marque specialist. The result turned out to be very impressive with a much funnier driving experience and a nimbler behavior in curves. The output is now c. 110 bhp instead of the regular 90 bhp.
Overall the car’s condition is very good throughout and needs nothing. Equipped with Nardi steering wheel, bi-metal wheels and Abarth exhaust system, this example would be a perfect entrant for historic rallies and would enhance any Alfa Romeo collection.