Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale1961
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale
The Sprint Speciale (SS) was derived from design studies known as the BAT (Berinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica) cars by Franco Scaglione while he was working at Bertone. BAT 5 and BAT 7 were true concept cars but by 1955 BAT9 was more like the production car that would evolve to become the Sprint Speciale also designed by Scaglione.
Exterior: Dark Blue
This SS was found in a chateau in France. After the car arrived in California it was dismantled and taken down to bare metal. All the metal work was done professionally and then the car was painted a very dark blue. The paint looks black in low light like a cloudy day but blue in the sunshine. The entire car was comprehensively restored; every component was removed, inspected, repaired, or replaced. The engine has been rebuilt using high performance components with the idea of creating more power in the mid-range rather than the high-end as used on race cars. This makes for a much more drivable car around town, on the freeway, and especially on the winding back roads.
The five-speed transmission has been rebuilt using new syncros and gears if needed. The three-shoe front brakes, unique to 1961, have been rebuilt and work extremely well. The suspension has all new bushings, bearings, rubber, and shocks that are set up stiffer than stock but not so that is too firm on the street. With more power and better handling characteristics, this Sprint Speciale is a joy to drive in all conditions.
The interior was refinished in a dark tan leather with light tan square weave carpeting. All the rubber, chrome, aluminum, and stainless trim has been restored or replaced. The gauges, switches, wipers, and all lighting have been restored.
For more information on these cars see the book ‘The Racing Giuliettas’ by Donald Hughes. ISBN 0-85429-731-6.
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