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Debuting in 1962, Alfa Romeo’s Giulia succeeded the company’s first small-car line, the Giulietta. The Giulia went on to become a massive success for Alfa Romeo. Of all variations, the special short-wheelbase Bertone Sprint Speciale and Sprint Zagato are particularly rare with just 1,576 built in total. Capable of well over 120 mph and possessing an unusually aggressive exhaust note, Giulia lightweights were capable of humbling more-powerful opponents whether racing or on the open road.
Bertone’s Sprint Speciale coupe was particularly successful from aerodynamic and design perspectives. Reminiscent of Bertone’s startling Disco Volante design of the 1950s, the Sprint Speciale looked fast at rest and its efficiency maximized performance, embodying “La dolce vita at 125 mph,” as factory brochures stated.
An East Coast example from new, this Giulia Sprint Speciale was under the long-term care of the original owner for decades, passing into the collection of the second owner and then an Italian car collection in New York until 2010, when the consignor acquired it. History includes a showing at the 2001 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut. Since then, it has received mechanical maintenance and is accompanied by a dossier containing copies of an Alfa Romeo history, period road-test report, invoices, and service manual.