Lot 336 - 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 750B
|Estimate||£17,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,480|
The Giulietta was introduced in 1954 in coupé form and was the first truly mass produced Alfa Romeo. It was also a return to elegance rather than the utilitarian looks of the earlier models. All of the Giulietta models were driven by the all alloy, twin overhead camshaft engine with gearing via a four speed, all synchromesh gearbox. The 101 Series of the Giulietta was introduced in 1959 and retained the 1290cc all alloy engine. Importantly; the Giulietta is known for its reliability and durability with parts and services being readily available from many specialists throughout the UK and Europe.
In the Alfa tradition of private owners modifying their vehicles to suit their own requirements, this fascinating example has been upgraded to suit today's conditions. It is now a very fast and a very reliable daily driver with excellent torque and, reportedly, superb handling. It originally left Portello in Italy on 7 March 1959, and sold to Thompson & Taylor of Surrey on 25 March 1959. It is listed in 'Fusi' (the Alfa Bible) as a 1959 Giulietta Sprint 750B. It has never been used for competition but the bumpers and hubcaps were removed for both weight & aesthetic considerations, they are still available however and will accompany the car. Owned since 2003 by the vendor, the previous owner had this Alfa for some 22 years, during which time it travelled less than 3,000 miles, the MoT test schedule was always rigorously adhered to and was renewed each year. The body and chassis are reported to be in excellent condition with the engine and drivetrain in a similar order. When acquired in 2003, it was already fitted with a 1600cc engine. It has also had the original four-speed gearbox replaced with a five-speed unit and, more recently, the 1600cc engine has been replaced with a two litre unit. Classic Alfa styling but with a more spirited drive. To completely restore it to its original state, a 1300cc engine and a four-speed gearbox would need to be found with the conversion work undertaken both very quickly and cheaply. The suspension benefits from a Chris Robinson RMR handling kit and the rust-free underside has been Waxoyled. Four Vredestein classic tyres (in good order) are fitted as well as electronic ignition and a Veloce exhaust. A most attractive and exciting interpretation of this classic shape.
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