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Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Sprint was launched 60 years ago, yet it remains timeless. The 1954 coupe followed Alfa Romeo’s first unibody model, the 1900 sedan of 1950. The Giulietta Berlina was planned as a smaller 1900, but its launch was one of the most unusual in automobile history. Alfa Romeo sold securities to finance the new model, and then announced a drawing among shareholders for new cars. Unfortunately, production delays frustrated the winners.
Amid rumors of scandal, Alfa Romeo asked Nuccio Bertone for a short run of Giulietta 2+2 Sprint Coupes for the 1954 Torino Motor Show. An order of 100 was raised to 1,000, then again to 6,000 as the company realized it had a hit. The Giulietta featured an alloy 1,290 cc, twin-cam, four-cylinder engine with a top speed of 102 mph. At only 1,936 lbs., it was quicker than the 1900 and 27,147 would be built by 1962.
This 101 Series Giulietta boasts a fresh, documented, show-quality restoration. Finished in red with black and gray interior, this Alfa Romeo features the desirable five-speed transmission. Original wheels and hubcaps, and period-correct Michelin tires complete a highly attractive package not to be missed for any aficionado of this beloved Italian marque.