Lot 329

Monaco 2012

1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Alloy ‘Low Nose’ by Carrozzeria Bertone


€151,200 EUR | Sold

Monaco | Monaco, Monaco



Chassis No.
AR 00120 00061
Engine No.
AR 00120 01034
Addendum: Please note the chassis number for this car is AR 00120 00061 and the engine number is AR 00120 01034.

116 bhp, 1,290 cc dual overhead cam four-cylinder engine, with dual Weber DC03 carburettors, four-speed manual overdrive transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live axle with coil springs rear suspension, and hydraulic front disc with rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,350 mm (92.5″)

• One of about 10 aluminium examples produced

• Only 18 Giulietta SS ‘Low Nose’ cars believed to still exist

• Well documented; original registration documents from 1959, period racing history

• Fully restored to its original colour combination

With the introduction of the new aerodynamic Bertone-bodied Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale at the Turin Auto Show in 1957, the Milanese manufacturer offered a true alternative to the Type 750 Competizione. Lower floor pans allowed a lower roof line whilst the radiator was also lowered to allow a sleeker bonnet line, which resulted in the ‘low nose’ moniker. Of only 101 Giulietta SSs produced, chassis no. 0061 is one of the rare aluminium versions, of which only 10 were thought to have been produced.

Chassis no. 0061 was delivered new to Ingeniere Rolando Boni in Bergamo on 23 June 1959 and was finished in Bianco Gardenia with cream and blue cloth interior. In 1960, the car was sold to driver Gianfranco Rovetta, who used it in some hill climbs, notably the Trofeo Lumezzane, in 1960. After several Italian owners in 1987, it found a home in Brescia, where it received its ASI homologation. Chassis 0061 was then sold to a collector in Torino and passed on to its current owner in 1994. In 2007, the owner commissioned a full photo documented restoration by an Italian Giulietta specialist. During the owner’s research on these cars, he managed to find only 18 of the original 101 ‘Low Nose’ examples still in existence.

An RM specialist has had the pleasure of inspecting this car and can attest to the quality of its restoration. Every detail has been given attention: the body and paint are virtually perfect, and the engine has been beautifully detailed, it even retains the original air filter. The interior is excellent and has a beautiful Jaeger mechanical rev counter. Chassis 0061 has seen little use since restoration and has rarely been seen at concours events. It is an exceptionally rare car offered by a most fastidious owner.