1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia
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Classic Car Overview
- Chassis # AR381377
- Offered From 40-Years Of Single Ownership
- 16K Original Documented Miles & 3 Owners From New
- An Incredibly Well-Preserved Original Example
- Offered With Original MSO, Window Sticker, Manuals, Tools, & Dense History File
The Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale was unveiled to the public during the 1957 Turin Motor Show. Its sleek, futuristic design was penned by Carrozzeria Bertone's Franco Scaglione who was also responsible for greats such as the Arnolt Bristol, 2000 Sportiva and many more. The Sprint Speciale's design inspiration is clearly rooted in the Berlinetta Aerodinamica Technica (B.A.T.) design study collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Bertone in the early 1950s. Of the three B.A.T. cars, number 7 is arguably the most famous producing a drag coefficient of just 0.19. This low drag design concept translated into the production variants of the Sprint Speciale, which, though slightly higher than the B.A.T. cars, achieved a production car drag coefficient record of only .28. A record that stood for over twenty years!
Two variations of the Sprint Speciale were produced in the seven-year production run from 1959 through 1966. A 1.3L DOHC inline four-cylinder engine mated to a 5-Speed gearbox powered the first generation Giulietta. In 1963, the Giulietta was replaced by the Giulia but its general design remained unchanged. Alfa Romeo did boost engine displacement from 1.3L to 1.6L in the Giulia and added front disc brakes. Besides badging, the only way to visually differentiate a Giulietta to its “grown up” counterpart, the Giulia, is to look at the dashboard. The Giulia has a leather glove box under the radio toward the left side of fascia and the Giulietta does not. In total, roughly 2,800 Sprint Speciale's were produced. Plagued with rust issues and careless owners at a time period when these cars were not bringing the dollar amount they are currently commanding, we would venture to say a fairly large portion of that production number does not exist today. Solid, original examples are extremely difficult to find as most of the exceptional cars are tucked away in collections worldwide. Rarely do these original, low mileage examples come to market making this an opportunity not to be missed.
The example on offer here, chassis # AR 381377 was produced on January 29th 1965 and delivered new to Auto Engineering, Inc. of Lexington, Massachusetts. It is fitted with its original, matching numbers engine # AR0012101794 and is finished in classic Italian colors of Rosso Alfa over Cuoio. From its original MSO and window sticker on file, we know the original MSRP was $4,961.00. This 1600 Giulia SS is likely one of the best original examples in existence and certainly the best example available on the market. Its extreme originality can be attributed to an entire life of enthusiast owners who had the preservation mindset long before it was the trendy thing to do. Its originality is evident through the fitment of every single panel, the crispness of the interior, and the drive quality you only get from original cars with 16,575 miles from new. Factory original chalk markings, grommets, grease caps, and wire clamps can be found throughout the car. It is like a treasure hunt when looking for all of these original components and immensely satisfying when found and examined closely. Not only does the car exude originality throughout but it is also 100% complete in terms of paperwork, manuals, tools, records, and history file from day one until now. It is truly difficult to describe the amount of interesting documentation that is accompanied by this car so take a few moments (or hours) studying this section. To put the vastness of the car's completeness into perspective, enclosed in the owner's manual are the serial numbered key codes written in with pencil. All of these numbers match the physical keys currently with the car! Based on this extensive ownership history file, we have created the following timeline-
Owner Number 1: Bruce Currie of Lexington, MA
Mileage: 0 to 3,200
Time Frame: Approximately 1 year
Mr. Currie purchased the car on October 25th, 1966 from the original selling dealer, Auto Engineering in Lexington, MA as shown in the original service manual. Mr. Currie sold the car after owning it for about a year to Alfa Romeo dealer and factory racer, Gaston Andrey of Watertown, MA. Gaston Andrey then quickly wholesaled the car to Foreign Motors, Inc. of Boston, MA.
Owner Number 2: Paul Miglierina of West Roxbury, MA
Mileage: 3,200 to 11,001
Time Frame: December 22nd, 1967 to March 31st, 1978
Mr. Miglierina purchased the car from Foreign Motors, Inc. for a total of $3,000 which included his 1965 Giulietta Spider on trade. A newspaper clipping advertising the car along with the original invoice and paperwork for this transaction is present. There is even the salesman's business card still affixed to the bill of sale. Mr. Miglierina was clearly an early “Alfisti”- Within the history file, it details a letter from The Vintage Car Store in Nyack, NY dated 10/15/1968 replying to Mr. Miglierina's interest in acquiring the Juan Peron 1954 Disco Volante Coupe! At this point, he had already purchased the Sprint Speciale and ultimately passed on the tremendous offer. He also made an inquiry with Bertone expressing interest in the original B.A.T. design study cars with which Bertone remarkably answered back to his letter and even included some original pictures of the B.A.T. cars. Try getting a company like that to response to a casual letter from a genuine car enthusiast in this day-in-age!
During his ownership, he recorded all of the service history, detailing the dates and mileage. There are also a fair amount of service receipts and stampings in the original service booklet. At one point in the late 1960s, Mr. Miglierina decided to paint the car because he was unhappy with the factory's paint quality. He carried out a 400 hour, full glass-out repaint with photo documentation to show it was a solid, rust and damage-free body to begin with. His work was impeccable and it has withstood the test of time presenting in surprisingly excellent condition per the age of the paint. It was so well done, it is nearly impossible to tell from original and has aged as original paint would have. After all, it was only a few years old when the repaint was completed.
Shortly there after, it was featured at the 1969 Boston Motor Show among the Sports Car Club of America's display. He did some light rallying and thus installed seat belt harnesses (still present on the car, and documented) and fog lights. His driving must not have been too intensive as the car still had its original tires with plenty of tread life left when they were finally replaced for the first time in 2016. It was evident that Mr. Miglierina loved, cherished, and meticulously maintained his beloved Sprint Speciale during his 11-year ownership. It never saw the harsh New England winters since he would place the car in storage when cold weather arrived. He kept a detailed log of routine fluids changes, mechanical inspections, and even record the times he waxed the car.
Owner Number 3: Current
Mileage: 11,001 to 16,575 (Current)
Time Frame: March 31st, 1978 to Present
The current owner originally saw an ad placed for this car in the February 1978 issue of Road & Track magazine. Mr. Miglierina described the car as “Flawless” and “Undoubtedly one of the best in existence” in his ad. We have a few pages of written correspondences between Mr. Miglierina and the current custodian as they went through the sales process. We also have an Allegheny Airlines ticket dated March 31st1978; the day the car was purchased from Mr. Miglierina and driven home to Western Pennsylvania. Immediately after returning home, the current owner entered the car in the 1978 Alfa Congress (The Alfa Romeo Owners Club National Convention in Weston, VA) where it won Best of Show. A remarkable feat being that there were hundreds of participants and stiff competition from other extremely rare, special bodied Alfas. A year later, it took home a “Best of Class” award at the Sports Car Collector Society of America annual meet on June 3rd 1979.
After these two notable show outings, the car was regularly maintained and driven on sunny days. It was also shown fairly regularly at local car shows and cars & coffee meets. The current owner, much like the second owner, is a known Alfisti and true car guy. Over the years, he has owned countless interesting Alfas that ran the gamut from Berlina Sedans to Zagato Bodied coupes. At one point, there were over 15 Alfas, which accompanied the Sprint Speciale in his garage. Most of these other cars came and went but the Sprint Speciale remained there in the garage with its own little corner occupying not only the space in the garage but also a space in the owner's heart. This was always a car for special occasions or events and one of these events in particular was always on the Calendar: The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. It has been 36 years consecutive years of the this race through public roads in the center of Schenley Park and the Sprint Speciale has made an appearance at almost every single one since the race's inception. But only to spectate of course!
All great things do not come to an end, rather, in this instance; the responsibility is simply transferred to another like-minded custodian. With continuing attention to detail and care, this Alfa Romeo represents an opportunity to preserve the ideal of the Sprint Speciale in its original form. An opportunity not to be missed, and a truly special addition to any sophisticated collection or those who simply want a real car. Included with the car are its original manuals, tools, and documents from new.
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