Alfa Romeo Giulia
In recent years, Alfa Romeo has been on a path to resurgence, with new models on the horizon and involvement in F1 with Sauber, all of which has enabled the Milanese brand to pave a bright future ahead.
Throughout its 113-year history, Alfa Romeo has produced some of the most iconic cars in the world. The Giulia is one of the most, if not the most, significant model names in Alfa’s lineup.
The current-generation Giulia (Type 952) was revived in 2015 and they surprised the world with the 510hp Giulia Quadrifoglio. In 2020 when the Milanese brand celebrated its 110th anniversary, they released not only one but two limited edition Giulias – the GTA and the hardcore GTAam (shown above).
The origins of the Giulia began when it was first launched in 1959 as the successor to the Giuletta series. The name is an Italian girl’s name with a Latin origin behind it meaning “youthful”. The name resonates well with the charming styling and engaging dynamics of the model, which made the Giulia loved by many enthusiasts and collectors around the world.
We will be introducing the two Alfa Romeo Giulias that we have available for negotiation, both of which are the Sprint variants.
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale
The Giulia Sprint Speciale was designed by Bertone, and it was introduced at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. The Giulia Sprint Speciale (Tipo 101.21) replaced the Giulietta Sprint Speciale (Tipo 101.20) that was first launched in 1959 with a 1.3-litre engine. With “Giulietta” being the diminutive form of “Giulia”, the name change implied that the increased engine capacity made the car more ‘grown-up’. The 1.6-litre engine was taken from the Giulia Sprint Veloce, and produces 112 hp.
The design is very distinct and was inspired by the Carrozzeria Touring-designed Alfa Romeo “Disco Volante”, which in Italian means ‘flying saucer’. The car’s unique design also means it’s very aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of just 0.28.
Only 1,400 examples of the Giulia SS were ever produced, 25 of which were converted into right-hand drive. This example has around 25,578 km on the odometer and is in great condition.
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
Unveiled in 1963 as the first performance-oriented model of the Giulia range, the Giulia Sprint GTA is a homologation special with great performance and sleek Bertone bodywork that belies its compact Berlinetta style. It was developed as an exclusive model by Autodelta, Alfa Romeo’s competition division. It replaced the 4-door Giulia Super Ti, which faced strong competition from the likes of the Lotus Cortina in the 1.6-litre class of the Europe Touring Car Challenge (ETC).
The Giulia Sprint GTA’s panels are made from 1.2mm thick Peraluman 25 alloy aluminum instead of the steel that was used on the Giulia Sprint GT, which. was applied throughout the car’s body. Other lightweight features include a simplified interior, magnesium alloy wheels and plastic side windows, which resulted in just 820kg, around 200kg lighter than the Sprint GT. The ‘A’ in GTA stands for ‘alleggerita’, Italian for ‘lightweight’.
Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre inline-4 engine from the Sprint GT. Among the differences are the addition of twin 45mm Weber DCOE14 carburettors and a revamped cylinder head with double ignition and larger valves. The car’s power is rated at 115 hp, or 170 hp in the race-derived twin-plug Corsa, mated with a close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission. The Giulia Sprint GTA also sports an independent front suspension with double wishbones and coil spring/damper units.
Many of the Sprint GTA Stradales have been converted to Corsa versions for classic racing enthusiasts. Therefore, an original Stradale example is increasingly rare and highly desirable among collectors. Among the desirable examples is chassis #AR613320, with a stunning Rosso Alfa exterior complemented by a black leather interior with 3-spoke steering wheel made of wood.