1959 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPRINT
History of this car
As featured in The Automobile magazine September 2022 edition. According to the factory record on file, our 750B Sprint was manufactured on 22.04.1959 and sold 27.04.1959 to Germany. Our car was finished in the rare and super cool Grigio Primavera hue, a pastel colour which is subtly blue and grey in different lights.
Not only is our Sprint still finished in that colour, remarkably much of the paint is we believe the factory original, incredibly preserved, worn thin through polishing in places with localised repairs and presenting today much like a piece of art. Likewise the chrome and bright work…never taken apart or refinished.
The originality continues inside with a superb – no other word for it – untouched interior complete with the fitted from new Blaupunkt radio. Original to the last screw, this is a museum quality interior and we’ve not seen one of these cars, or any other 50s Alfa Romeo for that matter as original as this one. Even the under dash wiring is still pliant and soft, factory fresh.
Our car was supplied new to Germany and sold through dealer Auto Friedrich in Frankfurt (their badge is on the front wing). By 1966 it was in Washington with a devoted owner who kept the car until 2012. That owner could have been a serviceman who bought the Alfa new, this much we don’t know but it is a one long term owner car.
Garaged and unused from 1979, by 2012 it changed hands and was with Contemporary Classics of Washington who conducted a major mechanical overhaul including an engine rebuild (receipts on file). Later our car found its way back to Germany with high end dealer Axel Schuette before being imported into the UK.
The recorded mileage of 59000 klms or 37000 miles is we believe the original mileage from new and our car is supplied with the ultra rare owner’s pouch, handbooks and radio use and guarantee booklets, all in pristine like new condition.
The panel fit on this car is factory standard and exemplary, tight and even with perfectly aligned panels.. The thin paint is amazing – part factory finish and part blended repairs here and there, the odd scratch and mark it wears with pride. The paint looks like porcelain and has an irreplaceable patina.
All the brightwork is as original, too – no refinishing and A1 fittings.
The chassis is 100% rust free like the body and has been refinished in chassis paint probably when the mechanical overhaul was conducted. Every spot weld is visible and there is no damage, factory correct in every way and clean enough to eat your dinner off it.
By contrast to the body, paint and interior, the oily bits have been thoroughly overhauled with limited mileage since the engine was rebuilt with new pistons and liners using a period correct 1315 prefix numbered Sprint block (the original block is believed damaged by frost).
The carburettor, complete braking system, exhaust, radiator, prop shaft, fuel tank have all been redone plus of course tyre replacement. In 2021, our Sprint was at Giulietta specialist Chris Robinson’s workshop for servicing work totalling £1400. As part of the pre-sale preparation, we have replaced front wheel bearings and shock absorbers and tuned the engine.
There are no modifications, it’s as delivered.
The car is a delight to drive and has an advisory free MOT until August 2023.
Preservation class world quality we reckon, a reference example and exceptional, down to the Blaupunkt radio. The very best!
Has the original rubber matting, jack, spare and tie down.
Museum quality or, with the fresh mechanicals, a highly usable preservation class Alfa Romeo for the better events. Or simply as a piece of art in your home.
Whichever, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a Sprint of this originality.