1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

The economic depression that followed World War II decreed that Alfa Romeo could no longer afford to produce purely the bespoke motorcars that had made the marque famous on both road and track. Mass produced models were needed and the first fruits in this direction were the 1900 Berlinetta and Sprint. These didn’t, however, attract enough sales and it wasn’t until 1954 that Alfa found its savior in the Giulietta Sprint, Nuccio Bertone being commissioned to design this small Read More

1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Freccia d’Oro

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Like most manufacturers after World War II, Alfa Romeo had to rebuild factories and produce a range of cars that would be economically viable to both manufacturer and public. Already a suitable new engine existed in the 2.5-liter six-cylinder of 1939, basically an enlarged version of the previous 2.3-liter unit, which powered the 6C 2500 Sport and Super Sport chassis of the same year; it was natural, therefore, to continue with these basic models when production resumed Read More

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ (1995)

When the Giulietta SZ was first announced, it was described by Sports Car World as “Zagato’s Little Jewel” and, over 30 years later, there is n reason to dispute that assessment. With 100 bhp, a five-speed gearbox, a top speed of 120 mph and 0-50 mph in 81 seconds, there was no other car in its class which could match it for performance, style and all-round capability.
Road & Track said that it went faster than it felt, a Read More

1958 Alfa Romeo SV Zagato

The origins of the Alfa SV Zagato, and in turn all the other Zagato bodied Giuliettas up to the TZ-2, lie in an accident which occurred when Dore Leto di Priolo lost his Giulietta by a bridge during the Mille Miglia in 1956. The badly smashed car was retrieved from the river and taken to Elio Zagato, another member of the Scuderia Ambrosiana, with a request that he create a new and lighter body. Using only the platform chassis Read More

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

The Stuff That Dreams Were Made of

{analysis} by Pat Braden

Writing about the Giulietta Spring in the Alfa Rome/Sports Car Market Letter is somewhat akin to retelling the Christmas story in a church newsletter.
The essentials are well known to the congregation, as well as the supporting legends. The Giulietta Sprint was introduced in the US 38 years ago: that is more than a generation. Those who were there Read More

Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato

We need to begin by understanding what kind of “Junior” this is. The Junior Zagato is not a little-brother Zagato; Junior refers to the engine size.

When Alfa released the Giulia 1600 cc engine in 1963, as a replacement for the Giulietta 1300 cc, Alfisti landed in the next-higher “circulation” tax bracket. To soothe those who enjoyed the smaller-displacement engine (and lower annual tax), Alfa introduced the 1300 Sedan (with new body style) and Sprint (old body style) Read More

Alfa Romeo GTV 2000

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Try this at your next Alfa club meeting.

Take a poll. Ask how many of the members own or have owned GTVs in either 1600, 1750, or 2000 flavors. Ask those that sold them if they wished they had them back. Ask those who have them how they feel about their cars.

Odds are, the response will be something like this: ‘My GTV was the best Alfa I ever owned. Powerful enough to cruise at 90 Read More

1966-1968 Alfa Romeo Quattroruote Zagato

Imagine a modern car company tooling up to produce anew model, then stopping after a mere 92 examples were produced. That’s exactly what happened with the Alfa Romeo Quattroruote (or `4R’) Spider.

Inspired by an article in the Milan motoring magazine, “Quattroruote”, Alfa Romeo commissioned the coach-builder Zagato to clothe a contemporary Alfa chassis in coachwork that would duplicate as closely as economically feasible the classic lines of the 1930’s Alfa 1750 Gran Sport.

The result Read More

Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce

In 1963, Alfa Romeo decided that the 1,300 cc Giulietta series was due for a facelift and the 1,600 cc Giulia model was introduced. The most apparent identifying feature of the Giulia is the chromed, horizontal faux hood-scoop trim, replacing the petite vertical chrome strip of the earlier Giulietta. Alfa Romeo claimed this scoop was necessary to clear the increased height of the 1,600 cc engine. However, these larger engines are regularly retrofitted into the earlier, 1,300 cc chassis Read More

Alfa Romeo Cast-Iron 2000 Spider

Imagine yourself as a fly on the wall at the headquarters of Alfa Romeo circa 1956. The conversation concerns the fate of the 1900 driveline, now that the Touring-bodied three-window (Fifth series) coupes and serial-production sedans were reaching the end of their sales viability.

Buoyed by the success of the Giulietta Sprint, and with the public clambering for more Giulietta Spiders, the conclusion the planning powers reached was predictable.

“We’ll simply replicate the Giulietta Spider, Sprint and Berlina in Read More

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