In 1954 came Alfa’s second new postwar design, the Giulietta. Powered by a light alloy dohc four of 1,290 cc, it came as a unibody 2+2 coupe by Bertone, called “Sprint,” and was capable of 102 mph in basic form. The more powerful Sprint Veloce, introduced in 1956, would do 110. Its basic design was the work of Orazio Satta Puliga, who had joined Alfa in 1938 and succeeded Wilfredo Ricart as head of design in 1946.
In the Spring of 1955, a sedan version (Berlina) became available, and soon afterwards a Spider convertible by Pininfarina. Joining the standard models in 1957 were two limited-production models, the Sprint Speciale, a long-tail coupe by Bertone, and the Sprint Zagato, a short-tail version by that Milanese coachbuilder. Alfa Romeo did not mount an all-out factory competition program, but private entries were a credit to the marque, a pair of Giulietta Sprints making a good showing in the 1956 Mille Miglia.
Although the Berlina was the most popular, particularly in Italy, with nearly 193,000 built in eleven years, the Sprint and the Spider became the archetypal Alfas, beloved of Alfisti and moviegoers alike, the latter thanks to screen appearances with the likes of Dustin Hoffman. Sprint production reached more than 27,000 by the time the model was phased out in 1965, the Giulietta having been succeeded by this model, the 1,570 cc, five-speed Giulia, in 1962.
Presented today is this wonderful concours condition 1600 twin cam Giulia. Finished in the stunning period shade of baby blue it has just been subject to fantastic restoration. Photographs in the cars file highlight the extent of the work. The body was sandblasted – and we understand that welding was only required on the lower edges of the doors. The original floor was still in fantastic condition.
The matching numbers engine has also been the subject on a rebuilt and performs absolutely beautifully. From a prominent West London collection this stunning 63 1600 sprint has to be one of the best we have seen.