1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS
Engine: 1570cc 4cyl
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Mileage: 48,500 kms
Interior : Skai Blue/light grey fabric
Engine No. 00 370
Location: Cote d’Azur, France
By the time of the Giulia’s introduction in 1962, Alfa Romeo’s highly successful ‘small car, big performance’ formula, begun by the Giulietta in 1954, was well established. The Giulietta range’s ultimate incarnation – the Sprint Speciale – had arrived in 1957. Built on a slightly shorter wheelbase than the standard Sprint coupe, which was likewise the work of Carrozzeria Bertone, the mouth-wateringly curvaceous SS came with 100 horsepower, a five-speed gearbox and a top speed of over 195kph.
The streamlined Bertone bodywork bears a marked resemblance to some of the marque’s earlier competition designs, particularly the infamous disco volante sports car not to mention the Bat 9 design study car. Designed to be ‘the car with the perfect streamline form’, the Giulia SS stands out among the competition of the period for its unique design.
Outwardly almost indistinguishable from the outgoing Giulietta, the replacement Giulia boasted front disc brakes and a more powerful engine with 112 horsepower version of Alfa Romeo’s twin cam four. Just 1,399 of the Giulia Sprint Speciales were built between 1963 and 1965.
This beautiful example is finished in Alfa Romeo white with Skai Blue leather and light grey fabric interior. It is as original including the steering wheel and radio with exception of the blue belts which have been added.
Manufactured 1stApril 1964, this left-hand drive example was supplied new in France via Societe Francais Alfa Romeo and first registered on the 20thApril 1965 after being kept as the star showroom car. The car spent most of its life in French ownership in Paris before being sold to the UK in 2002 to English collector Nick Faure by its previous owner who had it in his possession since 1991. Once on UK territory the car benefitted from a complete respray in 2003 before being sold by Bonhams in 2005 to a new owner who had the car inspected by Alfa Romeo specialists Swallow Engineering, which verified that the car was in overall excellent condition with condition reflecting limited usage of the vehicle justifying the 39,200 km on the odometer at the time. However, it was recommended to rebuild the engine and overahaul the brakes and steering, work which was carried out in addition to the installation of a competition clutch.
The current owner purchased the car in 2006 with just shy of 40,000 km and had it re-registered in France and kept it in the Cote d’Azur, using it sparingly for pleasure touring. The car now reads 47,900 km, believed to be the genuine mileage.
Today the car remains in very good condition, the paintwork is almost 20 years old but has aged well showing only small signs of wear. The interior which is believed to be completely original is in very good condition. Mechanically, the car drives extremely well as expected from a car which has only covered less than 10,000 km since rebuild but will be fully checked and serviced prior to sale.
This wonderful example of the extraordinarily pretty Giulia SS is a great entry into classic car ownership. Used originally as a showcar in the Paris showroom, the car is believed to be the one featured in a period photo taken with John Lennon in Paris in 1964. A car which turns many heads, remains useable and easy to maintain. We fell in love with it while we have been preparing our photographs and videos and believe the next owner will also.
Full documentation and detailed photographs can be provided on request.