Introduced in the mid-1950s, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint was an interesting model in that the coupe was the first to debut at the Turin Motor Show, followed by sedan and convertible variants. Even a rare station wagon variant by Carrozzeria Colli was built, with just shy of 100 examples seeing the light of day. Designed by Bertone, this was one of the first Alfa Romeos to be mass produced and earned the reputation as one of the most nimble handling, balanced machines of its time. The coupe variant is not particularly rare, with approximately 25,000 produced. This example for sale outside of Philadelphia was owned by the DuPont family until 2001 and comes with many spare parts.
I finally got the Sprint back running and on the road. So, now it's time to put it up for sale.
Here is a brief history of it:
- Car was purchased by someone in the DuPont family (the chemical company) – originally robins egg blue with blue(?) interior
- Car was sold to someone, but then repurchased by the DuPonts again (Baird DuPont)
– It was subsequently painted dark blue, then pininfarina red
– It also had the interior redone at some point in brown vinyl with basket weave fabric inserts – very 70’s.
- It was also conveted to a 5spd at some point.
- It's engine was swapped out for a 1600 from a Spider. I sold the Spider long ago for parts. I have the original 1300 (which supposedly was rebuilt with a 1400 kit and never run). That engine goes with the car. The 1600 has a vintage Mallory distributor.
- In 2000 or 2001, Baird DuPont advertised the car in the local (Delaware Valley) Alfa club classifieds (I was running the club and website at the time, so handled the ad). On a whim, I called about it and purchased it along with a ’63 Spider and a bunch of parts from him. I’ve owned it since.
- After purchasing it, I needed to go over the brakes, replace the exhaust and a few other items to get it running/driving.
- I haven’t done much to it since, other than maintenance and putting on a Weber carb. I drove it to NH in 2004 for the Alfa Convention and drove it regularly until about 2010 when the head gasket went. It’s sat in my garage since then.
- In December 2011, I pulled it out to get it ready to sell. Yesterday, I finally got it back on the road again. The brakes are a bit dodgy - need to be gone over from sitting so long.
- The car is pretty well preserved, probably due to the fact that it was sprayed everywhere with cosmoline (or something like that). It’s been hit in the front – the hood, grill, bumper and both front fenders were replaced at one point. There is some rust bubbling in the front quarter panels where the new fenders were brazed in with a lap joint. On the positive, the front bumper is beautiful. It’s been hit in the rear also – the trunk lid was repaired and the rear bumper replaced. The rear bumper is perfect, but it does not have the reflectors on the fenders. Other than the front fender bubbles, there is a small bubble on the lower rear fender. Other than that, the car is rust free as far as I can tell.
- The interior is deteriorating – it is not original anyway. Both front seats are torn. The headliner has a hole in it above the driver door. The tach does not work. One of the gages has the lettering falling off. The car does, however, have a rare rear seat which is very nice. The rear seats are in good condition.
- The glass is fine.
- Bumpers are near perfect. The grill has a small ding that can be taken out. The trim is fine. The airplane is pitted. The door handles are also pitted, but not as badly. The front fenders do not have the marker lights on them. The hood does not have the spear on it. One tail light lens has a hole in it – don’t ask! I have the trim for the hood and rear reflectors. I don't have the side marker lights.
- As mentioned before, the 1600 needs a head gasket. The transmission is fine. Brake MC was rebuilt a couple of years ago and some of the wheel cylinders were replaced – not all.
- The car would come with spares, most of the missing trim, the 1300 engine, and some new parts like window seals. Depending on selling price, i will also include a spare trunk lid, hood, rear glass and other Giulietta parts I have.
- Overall, it is a solid car that can be enjoyed with very little work. However, if you intend to show it, it would need a complete restoration. My plan was to take it off the road and redo it, back to its original colors. Unfortunately, I have neither the time nor the energy anymore to seriously think about restoring it. While I love the car, I need to simplify and both it and my ’74 GTV must go. I’m still holding on to the ’74 GTV race car, for now.
- I'd like to get $20K for it and the spares package.
While not a concours example, this Giulietta is rather complete and not horribly rust ridden as some examples you see that are on their last legs. This car has a lot of potential and it says a lot that the current owner drove it from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire for the Alfa Convention. This would make a nice, affordable project car for an enthusiast to turn into better looking, but perhaps not show quality driver.