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1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Rally

Upgraded to Veloce Specification. Extensively Prepared for Rally Events!

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VIN AR1493*07801*
Exterior Color Red
Interior Color Black
Mileage 92009 TMU
Engine 1300 c.c. 4-Cylinder no. AR00102 *14767*
Transmission 5-Speed Manual
Status Sold
Stock FJ1802

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1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Rally
s/n AR1493 *07801*, Engine no. AR00102*14767
Red with Black Interior

The Giulietta is the car that took Alfa Romeo from being a relatively small production company to being an economically viable and successful firm. Prior to that, they had produced large and expensive cars, and never in very large numbers. With the Giulietta, however, Alfa Romeo produced significant numbers of these charming and capable cars. Its success was due in part to its unique placement in the market. It was neither a large hugely expensive car, nor was it very small utility car (such as the Fiat 500). Instead, the Giulietta was affordable enough so that many could buy it, yet permitted a more glamorous and useful approach to motoring that really struck a chord with buyers on both sides of the Atlantic.

According to Alfa Romeo Factory Records, s/n AR1493 *07801*, was completed on Friday, December 19th, 1958 and sold just four days later on Tuesday, December 23rd in Surrey, England. Having been ordered and finished in classic “Alfa Red” with a deeply contrasting black interior, it must have looked like quite the Christmas ornament under the circumstances!

With almost 25,000 different examples having been built for nearly a decade, the design was a smashing success and Giulietta Sprints remain one of the most fun and enjoyable sports cars ever built. Suffice to say, chassis AR1493 *07801* was a rather standard Tipo 750B model incorporating all of the early styling features that make these early examples so much more enjoyable and desirable than the later Tipo 101 series machines that followed shortly after in 1959.

This particular Sprint Coupe was registered new by her its fortunate owner, Mr. John Leonard Curwood on February 5th, 1959 on plates “117 RPE” and later on plates “WSU 446.” Curwood was a resident of 325 Danbury Avenue, Roehampton, S W 15, UK which was a suburb just a bit southwest of London and most famous as being home to Roehampton University. What he did and how he enjoyed this Alfa for the first decade of the car’s life remains unknown. Two additional UK owners owned the car through the early 1970s when it was purchased by Christopher John Tormey on July 3rd, 1973. His long-term ownership continued when the old UK log book system was changed to the current V5 system of registration. The car was off the road for quite sometime until November 9th, 1989 when it was back on the road after finishing a very thorough restoration. In 1990, the car was purchased by Mr. Iain Tennant. Tennant was a prominent and popular member of the Giulietta Register and Club and soon took to rallies and touring with his new Alfa after applying and having the car re-registered back on the original period plates “117 RPE.”

In 2000, Mr. Tennant and his navigator, Paul Wilson entered the car in the prestigious Monte Carlo Challenge Rally. Not long thereafter, the car was sold to Michael G. Tompson’s Mijent Ltd. in Coventry. On October 4th, 2002, the car was sold and exported from the UK and shipped to a new owner in Japan arriving there on December 2nd, 2002. The new owner was the Maruyama Motor Company, LTD in Tokyo, Japan. Chassis AR1493 *07801* was then acquired by a private museum collection in 2003. Once there the car was enthusiastically rallied and toured over the next ten years by her new owners until July of 2013 when this little Giuietta was sold and exported to California.

Today, chassis AR1493 *07801* is once again available for enthusiastic new ownership and what is likely to be many, many miles of smiles for one fortunate new custodian. The engine currently fitted (Engine No. AR00102 *14767*) was originally fitted to a period correct 1960 Tipo 101 Giulietta Spyder. It has been prepaired with aggressive cams, higher compression pistons, and produces exceptional horsepower. When tested in July of 2015, compression readings were between 205-210 lbs on all four cylinders. The brakes are well-adjusted and confidence inspiring. The 5-speed transmission shifts well, and has outstanding synchros both warm and cold. In short, this early Giuiletta is an absolutely riot to drive, with that visceral, responsive feel which well-prepared Alfa are famous for!

Employing a nice driver level cosmetic presentation, this example is nice enough to participate with on high-end events, but not so pristine as to cause concern when used in inclement weather or on partially paved roads. It has been carefully prepared for long-distance, spirited road use and a full complement of other racing updates and features have been carefully and tastefully added to this vehicle. It is thoroughly and meticulously prepared for any manner of rallies, races and touring, and is ideally suited to a wide range of prestigious North American driving venues ranging from the California Mille to the Colorado Grand.

 


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