Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce
With the introduction of the 1.3-litre 750-Series Giulietta in 1954, Alfa Romeo established the “small car, big performance” formula which has characterised the Milanese marque’s finest offerings ever since. The original Giulietta model designations and body styles were carried over into the improved 101-Series produced from 1959 and continued when the range was upgraded to Giulia status in 1962. Outwardly almost indistinguishable from the outgoing Giulietta, the Series-101 Giulia boasted a more powerful and much less fussy 1,570 cc engine.
Launched in 1963, the Giulia Sprint GT featured classically stylish four-seater coachwork designed by Bertone’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, with production moved from Bertone to Alfa’s new production facility at Arese. Beneath the skin, the new coupé utilised the five-speed manual gearbox from the recently-introduced 105-Series Giulia TI saloon, as well as an independent front suspension, a coil-sprung live rear axle and – early cars excepted – disc brakes at all four corners.
The Sprint GT came with 106 brake horsepower on tap, (up from the TI’s 92-horsepower), courtesy of two twin-choke Weber carburettors, resulting in sufficient output for a top speed approaching 112 mph. Improvements to the inlet ports characterised the more-powerful engine of the Sprint GTV or GT Veloce, which achieved 109 brake horsepower and was first introduced for 1967. Exhilarating driver’s cars, the Sprint GT model range was a tremendous success for Alfa Romeo, enjoying a 14-year production run that lasted until 1977.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London.109 bhp, 1,570 cc inline four-cylinder engine with dual twin-choke Weber carburettors, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.5".
Source: RM Auctions