Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Monoposto
Agile to drive with excellent road holding, a clean aerodynamic body and an engine with superior qualities, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider typified Italian sports cars of the mid-fifties. In 1956, an upgraded Giulietta Spider Veloce, more commonly known simply as the “Spider Veloce”, was introduced, primarily for drivers who intended to go racing. This version was equipped with a dual-cam 1,300 cc, dual Weber-carbureted alloy engine capable of producing 90 horsepower. The gas tank was enlarged to better prepare the car for endurance racing, while the larger front brakes provided excellent stopping power. Weight was reduced by using aluminum for the doors, hood and trunk lid, ultimately improving performance.
The most desirable variant, however, was certainly the “Veloce Monoposto”, of which only 24 were built by Alfa Romeo for direct factory-backed racing efforts. These cars were fitted with race-tuned Veloce engines, modified suspension, alloy body panels, and an aluminum tonneau cover, which accounted for the Monoposto designation. Just five examples were to stay in Europe while the remaining 19 were shipped to America. Two were distributed to SCCA Amateur racers: one went to the legendary Carroll Shelby and another to West Coast driver Bill Pollack of southern California. With Pollack, that chassis went on to win numerous events at Riverside, Pomona, Palm Springs and Monterey.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
140hp, 1,300 cc dual overhead camshaft inline four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with dampers, rear trailing arm and live rear axle with dampers, four-wheel Girling hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 87".
Source: RM Auctions