1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint LHD - £42,995

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This has to be one of the finest examples of the most useable Classic Alfa we have seen to date. It is a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint by Bertone.

Factory records show this Giulietta Sprint 1300 was completed on 27 June 1961 and dispatched the next day to Società per il Commercio dei Prodotti Alfa Romeo, the local dealer, in Lugano, Switzerland. The previous owner acquired it as a barn find and had it restored in Italy by Manzio Comparnoni Roberto of Verdello in the Lombardy region. During the restoration, it was painted in the light yellow colour in which it was found. It has a new interior in red leather with black piping, and black carpets piped in red.

Begun in 2015, the restoration was completed in March 2016. The car comes with extensive photographs, as found, during the restoration and as completed, as well as invoice details for more than €45.000 spent. It is certainly one of the nicest Sprints to be found on offer today.

'The Alfa, in a few words then, is a small car with a rev-happy dohc engine that can carry two people from point A to point B over all types of roads quicker than most cars twice its size. It does this not with blinding speed but with a wonderful combination of roadholding, compact size and sheer willingness.' – Car & Driver on the Giulietta Sprint.

With the introduction of the Bertone-styled Giulietta Sprint in 1954, Alfa Romeo established the 'small car, big performance' formula that would characterise the Milanese marque's finest offerings from then on. Alfa's classic twin-cam four was downsized to 1,290ccc for the 750-Series Giulietta, gaining an alloy cylinder block in the process. The Sprint coupé was soon joined by Berlina and Spider versions, the latter styled by Pinin Farina and built on a slightly shorter wheelbase. The Giulietta family's success surprised even Alfa themselves; production targets were revised upwards and to satisfy demands for increased performance, upgraded Veloce versions of the Sprint and Spider were introduced. The combination of a rev-happy engine, fine-handling, responsive chassis and excellent brakes make the Giulietta Sprint a driver's car par excellence and explains why these stylish Alfa Romeos continue to attract the discerning enthusiast today.

Our car was restored last year with photographs to show and invoices on file for 45,000 Euros for the work done. It is running on rare Borrani Wire Wheels and will come MOT'd and UK registered. It turns heads wherever it goes and is in a fantastic condition, better than new. The colour scheme is not for the faint hearted and shows all the glamour of the late fifties, early sixties. You can use these little rockets on the road and on the track, they are stunningly beautiful and our car, being fully restored and running on Borrani Wires is second to none.