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1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Alleggerita
A perfect, matching numbers example
With the introduction of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint in 1954 the second success era of the Alfa Romeo brand started. The new model started its triumph and made sure that Bertone was equally successful by designing and producing the Giulietta. Alfa Romeo had not enough production resurces as the production plant in Arese was destroyed after world war two. The demand was gigantic and soon a lot of private racers discovered the motor sport potential of the Giulietta.
Alfa Romeo realized Giulietta Sprint Veloce’s opportunity and produced already in the first year a light weight version with the internal designation 750 E (inofficially „alleggerita“ – Italian for “light weight”) and a 1300ccm engine with 90 HP. The combination of reduced weight with a tuned engine made the Giulietta a car with excellent handling and competitive performance in the 1.300ccm class.
On 20.04.1956 the first Sprint Veloce Alleggerita was produced and dominated Italy‘s motor racing scene since end of April 1956 at hill climbs, races and rallies.
• 1st overall, Coupe des Alpes in class 1300ccm
• 1st in class, Tour de France
• 1st in class Tour de Corse
• Successes at the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio
The weight was reduced from 850 kg to 780 kg by a multitude of measures:
• The engine- and trunk lids were produced in aluminium
• Both doors were produced in aluminium, as well as the bumpers
• All windows were manufactures out of plastic
• The interior was stripped to the minimum. No rear seats and light front seats.
• Oil sump was made out of magnesium
This car can now be seen as DNA of the later GTA and GTAm models produced at Autodelta 10 years later.
Specific history of this car:
The car was built on June 30st 1956 with chassis # AR1493E*02159* in blue color with engine #1315*30114, gearbox # E476 and differential # E96. All components are matching! (Bertone’s production # 77 101). It was delivered new to Genova, Italy on July 17th and was registered by Massimo Antonio de Sotgin on July 26th. In the following three years the car changed ownership three times.
The careful use without racing activities is the reason that this Giulietta survived in best order. Many other SVA were destroyed or damaged in motor racing or modified later.
In 1969 02159 was sold to its new owner in Pisa, Italy, where she stayed until the early 1980ies. Then the famous Alfa Romeo historian, archivist and book author Maurizio Tabucchi owned the car for a couple of years.
1992 Maurizio Tabucchi sold the car to an enthusiast from Bologna but took personal care of the first and so far the only restauration in 02159’s live! Today it is hard to believe, that the car has been restored 25 years ago. The quality of the body, interior and technical parts is stunning with a sympatic touch of patina.
After finishing the restauration this Giulietta received the ASI gold medal third degree (best possible restauration with recovery of the original condition with correct material, cloth and technical elements).
In 1998 the car was sold to Switzerland to a client of the well known Alfa-specialist Oliver Vetter. Vetter traded the car to its present owner in Germany in 2006.