Lot 162

Miami 2024

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale by Bertone


$67,200 USD | Sold

United States | Coral Gables, Florida



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  • A beautifully presented example of the collectible coachbuilt Giulietta
  • Benefits from 18 years of fastidious care by the current owner
  • Designed by Franco Scaglione, with inspiration from his famous Alfa Romeo BAT show cars
  • Upgraded with a later 1.3-liter Type 539 engine, numbered AR00539 E8493, as equipped in the Giulia 1300 TI model
  • Sympathetically refreshed with new interior, re-chromed bright work, and attention to the mechanical elements
Addendum: Please note that this lot is titled as a 1961.

While the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is primarily known as the game-changing mass-production model that catapulted Milan into the modern era, the diminutive performer was produced in a handful of smaller batches by competing carrozzerias. Not the least of these began as a Bertone-bodied concept car on display at the 1957 Turin Motor Show. The new Sprint Speciale was penned by the legendary Franco Scaglione, who channeled cues from the Disco Volante sports-racing spiders, and his own BAT concept cars, to arrive at an aerodynamically superior design for this coach-built Giulietta.

By 1959, a revised version of the Sprint Speciale entered production, and it was developed through an additional Giulietta-based variant before being adopted to the successive Giulia model. It is worth noting that many enthusiasts prefer the Giulietta-based Sprint Speciale to the later Giulia variant, as the earlier cars featured more elegant interiors with painted dashboards. Though Giulietta Sprint Speciales were produced in relatively large numbers, only a small percentage of these cars remain in good condition today, making the offering of this nicely presented example an intriguing opportunity.

According to the records of Alfa Romeo’s Automobilismo Storico Centro Documentazione, this car, chassis number AR177344, completed assembly in February 1962, and was subsequently sold to an owner in Forli, Italy. Though the Giulietta’s intermediary history is currently unknown, in 1988 the car was purchased by Conrad “Bud” Brickman of Loudonville, New York. Mr. Brickman commissioned restoration work by Peter Markowski’s well-known RPM in Vermont, after which he enjoyed the car in a number of driving events, including the Copperstate 1000, and three tours through New England. The owner’s passion continues to be evidenced in decals affixed to the window representing the SCCA, Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club, and the Copperstate 1000.

In May 2006 the Giulietta was offered by Brickman at a sale at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, at which point it was acquired by the consignor, a highly discerning Alfa Romeo collector based in Massachusetts who maintains an impressive stable of Italian thoroughbreds. Under his knowledgeable guidance the car was sympathetically refreshed with an investment totaling over $91,000, including mechanical attention as needed by Bonfanti Garage in Italy, a re-plating of the chrome, and installation of a new two-tone interior.

As the car had been equipped with an incorrect 1.6 liter engine from a later Giulia example, the consignor took the opportunity to install an Alfa Romeo type 539 engine, which although originally specified for the uprated Giulia 1300 TI model, retains the proper 1.3 liter displacement. The consignor also fitted this engine with a correct Veloce intake system (including manifold, plenum, and air filter), a component that is increasingly difficult to source today. Following this restorative work, the consignor enjoyed the Sprint Speciale on tours and at events, including several showings at the Tutto Italiano show at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, and touring use on events staged by the Alfa Owners of New England.

Beautifully maintained and eminently suitable for driving enjoyment after benefitting from 18 years of fastidious single-owner care, this Sprint Speciale would make a great entry at local concours d’elegance and Italian car shows, or it may be enjoyed on the open road and in touring events. With its upgraded engine and beautiful rosso finish, 177344 beacons for additional sporting driving, promising a thrilling future for the next lucky caretaker.