Lot 173

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

Coachwork by Bertone

SOLD $67,200


$90,000 - $120,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Among the Most Exotic Production Sports Car Designs of Its Era
Coachwork Penned by Franco Scaglione for Bertone
Rare Giulietta Model; One of Only 1,366 Examples Built
Upgraded with Larger and More Powerful Giulia 1600 Veloce Engine
Eligible for Numerous Driving, Club, and Concours Events

Technical Specs

1,570 CC DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Weber 40 DCO3 Carburetors
128 BHP at 6,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Finned-Aluminum Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs and Tubular Shock Absorbers
Rear Live Axle with Coil Springs and Tubular Shock Absorbers
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The Giulietta Sprint Speciale prototype debuted at the Torino motor show in 1957 and was launched in 1959 at the famed Monza circuit outside of Milan. Designed by Franco Scaglione of Bertone, the Giulietta SS was clearly a blood relation of the earlier Disco Volante and B.A.T. show cars, featuring a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration; special three-shoe front brakes; and a highly tuned 1,300 cc engine coupled to a five-speed gearbox. Only 1,366 Giulietta Sprint Speciales were built before an updated Giulia version was introduced in 1963.

This Giulietta SS is a late-production example and benefits from greater power and torque thanks to a 1600 engine (tipo AR00112) from a later Giulia Sprint Veloce model, bringing together the ideal combination of the uprated Veloce-spec engine with the refined design proportions and details of the Giulietta. Reportedly well known among Japanese Alfa Romeo circles, this car was a frequent participant at club events and rallies in the 1990s and 2000s, before being exported to Southern California. Finished in white over black upholstery, and highlighted by dynamic red striping and lightweight alloy wheels, it is now being offered from a prominent Swiss collection.

The current condition of the Alfa Romeo suggests decades of regular care and service. Unrestored and recently serviced, this fabulous example of the Giulietta Sprint Speciale would be an enthusiastic candidate for future touring events or an excellent base for a show-quality restoration.