Alfa Romeo Guiletta Sprint 750B Bertone

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Guiletta Sprint 750B Bertone





The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (series 750 and 101) was a compact automobile manufactured by Alfa Romeo from 1954 to 1965. The Giulietta was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1954 and almost 132,000 were built in the Portello factory in Milan. The Giulietta used an Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine of 1290 cm3 straight-4, with a light alloy cylinder block and an alloy cylinder head with twin overhead camshafts.

The first Giulietta model was a coupé, the Giulietta Sprint, introduced in late 1954. This was followed by a saloon in spring 1955 and in mid-1955, the open two-seat Giulietta Spider, featuring convertible bodywork by Pininfarina.

In 1957 more powerful Berlina version, called Giulietta TI (Turismo Internazionale) was presented with minor cosmetic changes to the hood, the dial lights and rear lamps. Spider benefitted from simple and elegant coachwork designed and built by Pinin Farina. In 750 series form, the Veloce Spider came with an up-rated engine that was equipped with dual Weber carburettors and could produce a healthy 90 brake horsepower, which was 10 horsepower higher than the standard engine. The Giulietta Veloce enjoys the honour of being the best performing and most developed open variant of the 1300 line.

The 20th of April, 1954 the Sprint debuted at the ‘Salon de Torino’ car show. To generate interest a lottery was held where they were going to give away 50 cars (or was it 200?) to lucky winners. I don’t know that anyone ever received a ‘lottery’ Sprint but I have read that the winners were called but no cars were ready to give away. Public anticipation for the car is said to have been intense. Nuccio Bertone has been quoted as saying that if he had known how many Sprints Bertone would eventually have to build he would not have accepted the contract.

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