If there is one moderately priced sports car that everyone who considers him or her self to be an enthusiast should try it is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. While the early 2.250 mm short wheelbase 750-series Spiders reward their drivers with nearly psychic responses, it is the 2,380mm long wheelbase Sprint — and the later longer wheelbase 101-series Spider — that will most impress modern drivers with its responsiveness, handling, ride, comfort and performance.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta departed in many ways from Alfa’s past. At only 1,290cc it was the smallest engine Alfa had ever built. The aluminum cylinder block, crankcase and dual overhead cam cylinder head made it by far the lightest. Unit body construction tested the expertise and capacity of not just Bertone, the Sprint body designer and principal contractor, but also the entire auto manufacturing industry in northern Italy. The Giulietta’s success overwhelmed Alfa’s factory at Portello in Milan and gave rise to a huge entirely new factory at Arese in the suburbs. But for all its departures from tradition it continued, and enhanced, Alfa’s reputation of light, quick, powerful, nimble sports car. They looked great. They went fast.
left-hand-drive 1960 alfa romeo giulietta sprint coupe blue overdrive restored alfa-romeo
2310 Chaffee Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146, Missouri
Mar 8, 2018