Alfa Romeo, Italy’s oldest sporting marque, has been building cars since 1910. They produced some of the greatest machinery ever to be seen pre-war, such as the beautiful 1750 Zagato roadsters, the magnificent Monzas and the mighty P3 Grand Prix cars.
With the advent of the 1950s Alfa Romeo was forced to rationalise its production in order to survive financially. Unable to resist the occasional indulgence, however, they still built some exceptional competition and ‘limited edition’ high performance models. One such car was the Sprint Speciale series, appearing first in 1957 with the 1,290cc Giulietta engine and then in 1963 with the more powerful 1,570cc Giulia unit. The streamlined bodywork bore a marked resemblance to some of the marque’s earlier competition designs, particularly the famous Disco Volante sports-racer, not to mention the BAT 9 show car. With an all-up weight of under 950kgs, a five-speed gearbox and an output of ll2bhp (in Giulia form) they made excellent road cars and were equally used in competition. Only 1,366 examples of the Sprint Speciale were built before production stopped in 1965.
Having been exported to Alfa Romeo Newark USA on 26 March 1965, this mint and most likely matching numbers Alfa SS – bearing one of the last built engines of 1964 as per FUSI list – spent many years in USA and was later sold to a Japanese collector, where it remained until 2000 when it came to Germany, purchased by another collector.
The current owner purchased #381303 in 2002 and had the car thoroughly restored by Alfa Romeo specialists in Switzerland; a photo documentation hereof is available in the car’s file. Today it can honestly be described as one of the best we have seen in many years and is presented in mint condition, mechanically and cosmetically. Finished in its original livery of Bosforo blue and cognac leather interior with bucket seats and covered seat belts ( the cost for retrimming the car was in excess of € 17.000), the car received a stainless steel petrol tank, improved brake system, electronic ignition and a Kenlow fan. The propshaft was specially balanced and the flywheel was lightened. The car is described as very fast with superb roadholding, and has participated in several prestigious classic motor events. A full service has just been undertaken and the car is ready to be enjoyed by its next lucky owner. It comes with German historic papers and a comprehensive history file.