1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale must have been an exquisite sight to behold in the 1960s. Designed by Bertone, the SS as it was called resembled Alfa's renowned B.A.T. aerodynamic studies. Powered by a 1.3 liter twin cam four cylinder engine and five speed manual from the 2000 Spider, this coach built coupe was originally targeted towards those seeking a competition coupe, but it proved to be a tad bit heavy for the job, even if the slippery dynamics allowed a top speed of 120 miles per hour. This SS for sale in Connecticut is a recent arrival to these shores and comes with an extensive history.

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

Chassis number AR177276, Engine 10120 - 01477. This car was recently imported to the US with all correct import papers and duties paid. It had been in storage in Italy for about 7 years after being restored as a "nice driver" about 10 years ago. It has a super straight body, no known rust or corrosion, no heavy filler, floors are solid, paint and chrome are decent to good, all the chrome is original. The whole car is very honest, correct and original, including the dash knobs, door panels, carpets, and engine compartment, which even has the original air cleaner that is often missing and very hard to find. It starts and runs beautifully, the gearbox is fine, and the entire brake system is new, including the master cylinder and wheel cylinders, all redone with NOS parts. There are no known mechanical or electrical problems. The odometer reads 2,417 KM, which I assume is 102,417 KM or 63,500 miles. The car comes with it's "Libretto" registration book showing complete ownership history from 1967 to date, and even has it's ASI credentials (the book and badge) which are awarded by the Italian Historic Automobile Club to cars in Italy that they have certified to be correct and original.

Gooding sold a similar 1961 Giulietta Sprint Speciale in Monterey last August for $209,000 - Lot # 28. I've found 3 others that were offered since then between $160,000 and $200,000. Even if they were in a little nicer condition, I feel my car is a bargain in comparison since my reserve is roughly half those amounts.

With radical styling and just under 1,400 produced, the SS was never meant to be a volume seller for Alfa Romeo, but their relative obscurity hasn't kept values from creeping up. Well preserved originals and restored examples can bring anywhere between $150,000 to $200,000. With an older restoration and patina, the seller is probably looking for somewhere in the neighborhood of $125,000.

-Paul

Posted under: Alfa Romeo
Dated: Jul 07 2012

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