Lot 257 - 1963 Alfa Romeo Guilia 1600 SS
|Chassis Number||AR 352819|
|Estimate||£80,000 - £100,000|
|Result||Sold - £89,600|
The first prototype of the Giulietta SS was presented in 1957 at the Turin Motor Show. After two more prototypes were presented in car shows, the official presentation of the production version for the press was on the 24th June 1959 on the Monza race track. The bigger engined 1.6 litre Giulia series replaced the Giulietta and was introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. As Giulietta is the diminutive for Giulia in Italian, the new Giulia name was a wordplay hinting that the new car was a grown-up version of the Giulietta. In spite of a Giulia SS prototype, Alfa Romeo decided to retain the Giulietta-shaped SS in production. The 1,570cc engine made up to 200km/h (120mph) possible. The 1,570cc engine with Weber 40 DCOE2 carburettors was taken from Giulia Sprint Veloce and delivered 112 hp (84 kW) of power. Production ended in 1965, with a last single Sprint Speciale completed in 1966.
Only 1,366 examples of the Giulia Sprint Speciale were built, this however is a particularly rare motor car as it is 1 of only 25 righthand drive examples produced. Delivered new to England, it still retains the original registration plate, first designated to the car on the 22nd January 1963.
The accompanying file contains invoices and correspondence detailing thousands of pounds worth of renovation and maintenance from specialists including Alfaholics and Classic Alfa. An MoT test certificate with no advisories valid until the 3rd September 2016 along with five old certificates complete the file. Inside, the upholstery has been completely re-trimmed in the beautiful two-tone design in red and cream leather carried out by specialists TA & JM Coburn. The headlining and carpet are both in great condition, showing little sign of wear. Since completing its renovation some 10 years ago, this little Giulia has travelled a mere 851 miles with the coachwork showing a delightful patina. With a five speed gearbox, fast, comfortable driving is easily achievable in this gem of a car. A superbly rare motorcar of one of the most iconic post war designs, this UK supplied Giulia would be a fantastic addition to any collection.