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Lot 104

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale by Bertone

  • Chassis no. AR 177369
  • Engine no. AR00120 01691

€120.000 - €150.000

Documents: French Certificat d’Immatriculation

100 hp, 1,290 cc twin-overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine, twin Weber 40 DCOE carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with twin wishbones and coil spring/damper units, and rigid axle rear suspension with coil spring/dampers. Wheelbase: 2,260 mm

  • Unrestored, and retaining mostly original paintwork
  • Continuous single-family ownership for over 40 years
  • Original engine fitted

Arguably one of Alfa Romeo’s most distinctive designs, the Bertone-styled Tipo 750SS and its production successor, the Giulietta SS, drew inspiration from the radical styling of the BAT-series cars which Alfa Romeo had commissioned from the celebrated design house between 1953 and 1955.

Powered by the same 1,300-cubic centimetre twin-cam engine that had proved so potent in the Giulietta Sprint Zagato, and with a remarkably low drag coefficient of only 0.28, the Giulietta SS belied its small capacity by topping 120 mph with relative ease – a figure unheard of at the time for cars in its class.

One of only 1,366 such cars produced, chassis number AR177369 remains a charming and unusually original example of this classic design. Originally delivered with distinctive ‘Bluelette’ paintwork, the car was cherished for some 42 years by the same Parisian family who—perhaps unwittingly—ensured that the car was preserved and correctly maintained throughout their ownership, rather than restored or modified beyond standard specification.

The car retains its original engine, which, judging by the underbody patina, appears never to have been removed from the car. Similarly, the exterior paintwork is original, as is the majority of the interior. The seats have been sympathetically repaired and the carpets replaced at some point in the car’s life, and the fact that the original (if somewhat worn) factory-supplied carpets remain with the car is testament to its fastidious long-term ownership.

Moteur quatre-cylindres en ligne, 1 290 cm3, 100 ch, 2 ACT, deux carburateurs Weber DCOE, transmission manuelle cinq rapports, suspension avant indépendante à doubles triangles et combinés ressorts-amortisseurs, essieu arrière rigide avec combinés ressorts-amortisseurs. Empattement 2 260 mm.

• Voiture non restaurée, peinture en grande partie d'origine
• Dans la même famille depuis plus de 40 ans
• Moteur d'origine

Sans aucun doute un des modèles d'Alfa Romeo les plus étonnants, la Tipo 750 SS dessinée par Bertone, ainsi que la Giulietta SS de série qui l'a suivie, a puisé son inspiration dans le style radical de la séries des BAT, voitures commandées entre 1953 et 1955 par Alfa Romeo au célèbre carrossier.

Équipée du moteur 1300 double arbre qui s'était révélé si efficace sur la Giulietta Sprint Zagato, et affichant un Cx remarquablement bas de 0,28, la Giulietta SS faisait oublier sa cylindrée en dépassant avec une certaine aisance 190 km/h, chiffre alors inconnu pour les voitures de cette catégorie.

Faisant partie des 1 366 exemplaires produits, cette voiture portant le n° de châssis AR177369 est un exemplaire séduisant, qui se présente dans un étonnant état d'origine. Livrée neuve dans une teinte " Bluelette", la voiture a appartenu pendant 42 ans à la même famille parisienne qui (peut-être inconsciemment) s'est assurée qu'elle soit correctement entretenue et préservée, plutôt que restaurée ou modifiée par rapport aux spécifications d'époque.

La voiture est équipée de son moteur d'origine qui, d'après la patine que montrent les soubassements, n'a probablement jamais été déposé. De même, la peinture extérieure est d'origine, comme la plus grande partie de l'aménagement intérieur. Les sièges ont été réparés de façon discrète et les moquettes remplacées au cours de la vie de la voiture. Le fait que les moquettes d'origine (même si elles sont un peu usées) fournies par l'usine sont avec la voiture témoigne du soin qu'elle a connu pendant toute cette période.

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