With the introduction of the Giulietta, Alfa Romeo established the ‘small car, big performance’ formula that would characterise the Milanese marque’s finest offerings from then on. The first of the Giuliettas, the Bertone-styled Giulietta Sprint Coupé debuted at the Turin Motor Show in April 1954. It was powered by a 1.3-litre, all-alloy version of Alfa’s classic twin-cam four designed by one-time Ferrari engineer Giuseppe Busso.
The original 750-Series Giulietta Sprint Coupé of 1954 was soon joined by Berlina and Spider versions. Designed and built by Pininfarina and notable as the famous Turin coachbuilder’s first volume-produced car, the Spider brought a level of refinement and mechanical sophistication to small sports cars that made the opposition look dated. With such a pedigree the Spider was, not surprisingly, a huge success. It became mainland Europe’s best-selling small sports car and continued in revised longer wheelbase form after the introduction of the 101 Series in 1959. The Giulietta’s success surprised even Alfa themselves: production targets were revised upwards and to satisfy demands for increased performance upgraded ‘Veloce’ versions of the Sprint coupé and Spider convertible were introduced for 1956. The new Giulietta Sprint Veloce was soon being raced with success, winning its class in the 23rd Mille Miglia and finishing 11th overall, while class victories were achieved in the Coppa Dolimiti, Tour de France and Mille Miglia, and the Alpine Rally won outright.
Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo has confirmed that this Giulietta Spider left the factory on 22nd January 1959 and was sold via NSU Works in Germany on 23rd February of that year. It is a rare 750-Series model with the shorter wheelbase. The car was subject to a restoration by marque specialists in Rome between 2013 and 2014. At this time it was repainted in its original colour of dark blue, while the blue-piped beige interior is also in the original colour scheme. Described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition, this stunning Alfa Romeo is offered with Italian registration documents.
A true classic ready to be enjoyed along the Cote d’Azur.