Launched in 1963, the first of Alfa Romeo’s Bertone-styled coupés – the 1.6-litre Giulia Sprint GT – featured classically stylish four-seater coachwork designed by Bertone’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, though this was now manufactured not by Bertone but at Alfa’s new factory at Arese. Beneath the skin, the new two-door coupé utilised the recently introduced 105-Series Giulia TI saloon’s five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, coil-sprung live rear axle and – early cars excepted – all round disc brakes.
The Sprint GT came with 106bhp on tap (up from the TI’s 92bhp courtesy of two twin-choke Weber carburettors) an output sufficient for a top speed of around 112mph. Improvements to the inlet ports characterised the more-powerful (109bhp) engine of the Sprint GTV (or GT Veloce) introduced for 1965. A 1300 model – the GT Junior – arrived in 1966 and the range was further extended the following year by the launch of the 1750GTV, The latter powered by a 1,799cc, 118bhp version of Alfa’s classic twin-cam four, housed in a four-headlamp version of the existing bodyshell running on 14” – down from 15” – wheels. A short-lived but nonetheless popular model, the 1750GTV underwent a minor mechanical and styling revision part way through production before being replaced by the 2000 version in 1972. Drivers’ cars par excellence in the Alfa Romeo tradition, Bertone’s timelessly elegant Giulia coupés are among the most exciting sports saloons of the 1960s and today all versions are highly sought after.
This stunning example is an original UK RHD car supplied in ‘Giallo Ocra’, purchased by the vendor in barn find condition some three years ago. Marque specialist Velocesport were commissioned to undertake the restoration of the car, which had been off the road and hidden for over 20 years.
Between 2014 and 2016, Velocesport sympathetically restored the GTV using as much of the original trim and interior parts as possible, with only those parts beyond repair being replaced. Finished in ‘Faggio’ dark aubergine and trimmed in ‘Cinghiale’ tan, with refurbished wheels and hub caps replaced. The underside has been sealed and wax oiled and the carburettors have been rebuilt and all necessary engine parts replaced. It is currently fitted with series one specification parts on the interior and exterior. The car is showing 78,000 miles on the clock and this is thought to be genuine due to the car being in barn find condition for so long, but has no history to verify this.
The car comes with a UK V5C registration document and has a current MOT, valid until January 2018. The vendor informs us that it is a great joy to drive, is in a usable condition and turns heads everywhere it goes. This recently restored example of one of the best looking Alfa Romeo’s wants for nothing and is ready to enjoy for some summer driving.