Lot 123

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Alleggerita

SOLD $184,800


$200,000 - $250,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Rare Lightweight Veloce Model with Numerous Special Features
Outstanding Candidate for Pre-1957 Events Such as the Mille Miglia Storica
One of Approximately 600 Built
Documented with Records and Italian Libretto
Accompanied by Manual, Jack, Spare, and Matching-Numbers Engine Block per Alfa Romeo Records

Technical Specs

1,299 CC DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Weber 40 DCO3 Carburetors
103 BHP at 6,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Coil Springs
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Alfa Romeo’s Alleggerita (lightweight) version of its beloved Sprint Veloce was introduced in 1956 and featured plexiglass side and rear windows, and aluminum doors, hood, and trunk lid, among other special features. Incredibly nimble, they raced with success at legendary events like the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.

A letter from the Alfa Romeo archives confirms this example was originally finished in blue and first sold in 1956 in Ovada, Italy. Its Italian libretto dates to 1964 and is stamped until 1973, indicating that the car remained registered in the region. The Sprint came into a European Alfa Romeo collection in 2003, remaining on static display for over a decade before being sold in 2014 to the next owner, an OSCA and ASA enthusiast, who attended to the engine, brakes, and electrical and fuel systems. In current ownership, recent work included further mechanical attention by specialist Dominick’s European Car Repair in White Plains, New York, along with retrimmed carpets and door panels.

The Sprint is currently fitted with a Giulietta engine, but its matching-numbers block (AR1315.30107) accompanies the car. The Alfa Romeo today retains the look of a well-used competition car, with evidence of repairs and corrosion common in these models, and with some additional mechanical attention, including to the gearbox, it could be further sorted for road or long-distance rally use. Alternately, its lovely original color and matching-numbers engine make it a good candidate for a full restoration to concours standards. Very rare, special, and highly event-eligible, this Sprint Veloce Alleggerita is a fascinating example of Alfa Romeo’s brilliant mid-century design.