The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale (Giulia SS) was designed by the great Florentine stylist Franco Scaglione (1916-1993). At university he had taken courses oriented towards aeronautics. Nearly killed in World War Two, he was hired by Nuccio Bertone in the early 1950’s and in time became that coachbuilder’s chief designer. The product of that partnership were some of the most influential aerodynamic lines to grace any car before or since. He worked on marques such as Abarth, Fiat, Porsche, and Lamborghini during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Largely neglected now—stylists were not permitted to sign off their creations then — his name is justly re-emerging today. One of his great works of art was the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale, the fully-fledged model of which was unveiled to the motoring press in 1959. High production numbers followed in coming years until the Giulia SS (or ‘bigger sister’) was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963.
This car has a steel body, aluminium bonnet, boot, and doors that have retained the use of Plexiglas and are bumper-less. These cars are fitted with a translucent baffle between the bonnet and screen, which is not as some have thought a bug-deflector but is in fact an aerodynamic device to keep the wipers on the screen. The driving position is low and flat. And although the glass area is extensive, the bonnet disappears below the driver’s sight line.
This rear-wheel-drive sports car is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6 litre engine with double overhead camshaft valves and two valves per cylinder. It produces 110 bhp at 6500 rpm and cruises easily at 80mph. It possesses strong brakes and a five-speed Alfa Romeo gearbox.
Just 25 (from a total production of 1,400) of the beautiful Giulia Sprint Speciale were commissioned for conversion to right-hand drive for Alfa Romeo, UK. This two-seater fixed-head coupé miraculously still retains its original features.
Displayed courtesy of Guy Davis Esq from Monday 25th February to Sunday 3rd March 2019.