A Step Forward: 1967 Alfa-Romeo Giulia Sprint GT
If the seller’s description of this 105 Coupe (or as it is referred to in its native tongue, scalino) is accurate then this could be one to check out. Let’s go to Wiki:
The Giulia Sprint GT Veloce was very similar to the original Giulia Sprint GT. It featured minor modifications to the engine, providing just 3 bhp more power, but significantly improved torque. It can be most easily distinguished from other models by the following features:
- Badging as per Giulia Sprint GT, with two additions: Round enamel badges on the C-pillar with a Green quadrifoglio (cloverleaf) on an ivory background, and chrome “Veloce” script on rear panel.
- Grille with black mesh and 3 horizontal chrome bars.
- Dashboard with tilted flat panel as on the Giulia Sprint GT but with imitation woodgrain instead of grey crackle finish (first seen on the GT 1300 Junior).
- Front seats revised to a mild “bucket” design.
- Grille heart has 7 bars instead of 6.
- Stainless steel bumpers, as opposed to the chromed mild steel bumpers on the Giulia Sprint GT. The bumpers are the same shape, but made in two pieces (front) and three pieces (rear) with small covers hiding the joining rivets.
Early Giulia Sprint GT Veloces featured the same Dunlop disc brake system as the Giulia Sprint GT. Later cars replaced this with the ATE disc brakes as pioneered on the GT 1300 Junior in 1966. The ATE brakes featured an interesting and more effective handbrake system on the rear brakes, which incorporated drum brakes inside the disc castings.
A total of 14,240 Giulia Sprint GT Veloces were made before production finished.
I owned a ’70 GT Junior until recently and Alfa continued using the Scalino body to differentiate it from its more powerful cousins. Whatever engine is under the bonnet, the body style is near perfection.
Now this car has lots going for it. It has a tidy under hood appearance looking very original. The interior isn’t bad although the seller doesn’t think the seats are covered properly. They don’t look too off to me. Kits are available from the UK and though not an inexpensive task it could be done. I would enjoy the interior as is. The rusty crossmember clearly revealed is available from a number of suppliers here and overseas. But it isn’t easy to get at. Check with your local Alfa expert before you leap. It isn’t a $500 fix. But, if everything else checks out okay (2nd gear synchros?) and if you buy it right these Alfas will give you pleasure for years to come. And you won’t be parked next to dozens of others at the next Alfa club meeting. SCM Price Guide has the range between $15,700 to $30,000. See it here on eBay.