Winter Project: ’55 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint
This jewel is another Alfa from a recent stash found by intrepid car-finder Daniel Rapley. We had the pleasure of a personal tour of all of the cars, some already spoken for, and Daniel got most excited by this early Sprint. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint started as a stop-gap model until the volume sedan was ready to launch. In 1954, Alfa Romeo commissioned Nuccio Bertone to create the coupé version of the new 1300 with a plan to build a 1,000 units. But at the Turin Motor Show in 1954, 700 reservations were booked. Bertone took up the challenge and the factory in corso Peschiera was equipped to mass-produce the body of the new car, until production levels called for a move to the new plant at Grugliasco. The Giulietta used an Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine of 1290 cc inline 4, with a light alloy cylinder block and an alloy head with overhead camshafts.. The original Giulietta engine produced a power output 80 hp. Daniel’s offering is one of the earliest around and with some unique features like an aluminum hood and a column mounted shift (although there is room in the tunnel for a floor shift). The interior is pretty remarkable but will probably be used as a guide for the new install. understand, this car needs everything and it won’t be cheap if you are just writing checks. Either way, it deserves to be done. The end result will get you into any event you want. Click here for the eBay auction. Tell Daniel we sent you! And we didn’t say how many winters it would take.