1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale “Low Nose”
|Written by Donald Osborne|
|Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:00|
With the introduction of the new aerodynamic, Bertone-bodied Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale at the Turin Auto Show in 1957, the Milanese manufacturer offered a true alternative to the Type 750 Competizione. Lower floor pans allowed a lower roof line, and the radiator was also lowered to allow a sleeker bonnet line, which resulted in the “Low Nose” moniker.
Of only 101 “Low Nose” Giulietta SSs produced, Chassis 0061 is one of the rare aluminum versions, of which only 10 were thought to have been produced. Chassis 0061 was delivered new to Ingeniere Rolando Boni in Bergamo on June 23, 1959, and was finished in Bianco Gardenia with cream and blue cloth interior.
In 1960, the car was sold to driver Gianfranco Rovetta, who used it in some hill climbs, notably the Trofeo Lumezzane, in 1960. After several Italian owners, it found a home in Brescia in 1987, where it received its ASI homologation. Chassis 0061 was then sold to a collector in Torino and passed on to its current owner in 1994. In 2007, the owner commissioned a full photo-documented restoration by an Italian Giulietta specialist. During the owner’s research on these cars, he managed to find only 18 of the original 101 “Low Nose” examples still in existence.