- A sleek show car-inspired design
- One of the most interesting Giulietta variants
- Freshly restored
116 bhp, 1,290 cc double overhead-camshaft inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear coil-spring suspension with solid rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 93.5 in.
The Sprint Speciale debuted at the Turin Auto Salon of 1957 and was offered as a more luxurious version of the popular Giulietta, as it was created with lightweight construction and competition in mind. It was modeled after Franco Scaglione’s three futuristic B.A.T. show cars and the popular Disco Volante racing cars. It was designed by Carrozzeria Bertone and featured striking high fenders and a rounded roofline. The amazingly aerodynamic design boasts a drag coefficient of only .29, which is particularly low, even by today’s standards.
Under the hood was the potent 1.3-liter, Veloce-specification twin-cam engine, which had twin two-barrel Weber carburetors and could produce some 116 horsepower. Even with a fully equipped interior, the Sprint Speciale has been constructed with lightweight construction and competition in mind, and it was considerably rapid. Reportedly, only 1,366 were produced between 1957 and 1962.
The Sprint Speciale offered here was delivered new in France and still has its original firewall tags. It has reportedly been equipped with its original engine, and it has recently received a ground-up restoration, which included replated chrome, new rubber seals and gaskets, tan leather upholstery, a new wire harness, and glossy black paint. The cockpit is sparse and purposeful, creating a wonderful reminder of the design’s performance-bred origins.
The Sprint Speciale is one of the most attractive Alfa Romeos of its era. It is a car that is at home on any vintage rally, and it always stands out, even among the most elite of sports-racing cars. Presented here is an example ready to be driven with enjoyment on any twisting mountain route, open desert road, or lazy country drive. Most importantly, it is the closest thing to the legendary B.A.T. cars that may be available for sale in the near future.