After World War ll Alfa Romeo were able to return to manufacturing Italian automobiles, however a new model was not launched until 1950. The new design being the 1900, a twin overhead cam 1,859cc 4-cylinder saloon. However, it was the second model produced that proved significant, the Guilietta of 1954, a 2+2 by Bertone. The vehicle was powered by a light alloy 1,290cc DOHC four cylinder. Named “sprint” it was fittingly capable of high speeds for its engine size reaching 102mph. Designed by Orazio Satta Puliga, an engineer who had joined Alfa in 1938 and succeeded Wilfredo Ricart as head of design in 1946.
The Berlina model hit the production line in 1955 and soon afterwards a Spider convertible by Pininfarina was available. In 1962 Alfa Romeo introduced the Giulietta’s successor, the Guilia, a Sprint GT coupe version which followed in 1963, with engines available in many different specifications. The suspension had been tweaked and disc brakes were added all around.
Just 1,000 GTC’s were built from 1964 to 1966, most of them left-hand drive models. This original rare UK-supplied GTC, one of only 99 right hand drive versions produced was first registered on 17th February 1966 having been completed at the factory on 23rd June 1965. The car underwent a refurbishment program in 2010 for the Alfa Romeo Centenary in Milan, including a full interior re-trim. The car was subsequently featured in the July 2016 edition of Classic and Sports Car Magazine.
The car is wonderfully original with original dashboard, gauges, map light, steering wheel and Touring badges on bulkhead and front wings. Coming with a comprehensive history file including a confirmation email from Alfa Romeo archives stating the car’s production information, former keeper’s details, service history, past MOT test certificates and copy of original instruction manual. This is a truly stunning GTC that would be the envy of any collection.