deceased estate; rare model, one of only 7,107 made; from 50-year ownership;
complete car in need of full restoration
One of the prettiest sports cars ever made, Alfa Romeo’s gorgeous Giulietta Sprint 2+2 Coupe was launched at the 1954 Turin Motor Show with perfectly proportioned coachwork penned by Franco Scaglione of Bertone.
Initially known as the 750 Series, it was replaced by the almost identical 101 Series in 1959 and from 1962 the original 65bhp 1.3 twin-cam engine was replaced in the Giulia by a more robust and powerful 91bhp 1.6 unit, allied to a 5-speed gearbox.
Spider and Berlina versions soon joined the range and it proved an absolute game changer for Alfa – around 176,000 were sold before production came to an end in 1965. To put this in perspective, up until the Giulietta was launched, Alfa had only sold around 33,500 cars in total since it was founded in 1910.
The combination of a rev-happy engine, fine handling and excellent brakes made the Giulia Sprint a driver's car par excellence and explains why these gorgeous Coupes continue to attract a fanatical following, with top examples routinely fetching £45k+ today.
This rather sorry looking 101 Series is one of the 7,107 Giulia Sprint 1600 models built between 1962 and 1964 (factory code 101.12). On offer here from a deceased estate, it sadly comes with no paperwork but we are told that it was acquired by the current owner about 50 years ago. A sticker inside the rear window suggests that it was supplied new in Italy while the K reg number plate implies that it was first UK registered in Lanarkshire in 1971/72. It has remained in Scotland ever since.
Appearing to be largely complete apart from the bumpers, it now requires full restoration. The engine number has a 112 prefix which is correct for the Sprint 1600. The brakes are free, the car rolls fairly easily and the steering works so getting it transported is not an issue. A pair of keys are also present.
Off the road for many years, the registration number is no longer recognised on the DVLA system, but the chassis number is still visible on the bulkhead, the engine number is clear to see and the factory 101.12 ID plaque is still present so getting it registered should not pose a problem once it has been restored.
An exciting project for someone, this rare Italian icon is on offer here at no reserve so the best bid takes it home.
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