Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint (1958)
Early version, restored to concours condition.
With the introduction of the Bertone-styled Giulietta Sprint in 1954, Alfa Romeo established the 'small car, big performance' formula that would characterise the Milanese marque's finest offerings from then on. Alfa's classic twin-cam four was downsized to 1,290ccc for the 750-Series Giulietta, gaining an alloy cylinder block in the process. The Sprint coupé was soon joined by Berlina and Spider versions, the latter styled by Pinin Farina and built on a slightly shorter wheelbase. The Giulietta family's success surprised even Alfa themselves; production targets were revised upwards and to satisfy demands for increased performance, upgraded Veloce versions of the Sprint and Spider were introduced. The combination of a rev-happy engine, fine-handling, responsive chassis and excellent brakes make the Giulietta Sprint a driver's car par excellence and explains why these stylish Alfa Romeos continue to attract the discerning enthusiast today.
This 750-Series Giulietta Sprint was sold new in the USA and first owned by one W Y Humphreys of Dallas, Texas. Costing $1,780 new, the Alfa was delivered on 12th February 1958 having been manufactured in July 1957. In the early nineties, the Alfa Romeo was sold to a Belgian collector who had the car meticulously restored by Charles Wijnands, the interior being restored at the same time by Wijnands' wife. The car has been meticulously maintained by this collector, and came available for sale again in 2016 when it was bought by the actual owner. It is still in concours condition, and comes with Belgian papers.
This is a desirable early '1st series' model (with the small rear lights) and is Mille Miglia eligible. Interest in these small Alfas has grown markedly in recent years, and finding one in this immaculate restored condition is rare. A great addition to any important collection.