1988 BMW M6
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.
The car came in a variety of trims and body styles, ranging from the standard Berlina (sedan) to the high performance Veloce models, which could be had with Pininfarina, Bertone, or Zagato coachwork. The standard Sprint Bertone coachwork was relatively common, but a small number of Sprint Speciale Bertone bodied cars were made, which drew on the radical styling of the three BAT concept cars that Bertone built on Alfa 1900 chassis from 1953-1955. The unusually aerodynamic styling was also influenced by the Touring's 1900-based Disco Volante of 1952. In all, just 1366 Giulietta Sprint Speciales were built, all to the mechanical specifications of the Veloce, which included higher compression ratio, hotter cams, and twin Weber carburetors.
This particular car is a well-sorted restored 45,000 mile example that has fascinating known history from new. Completed on 10 October 1961, the car was ordered new by an Englishman who fell in love with the Sprint Speciale while on holiday in Italy. He lived in Malaysia and so this car was delivered new there, where it remained for the first seven years of its life. He returned to the UK in 1968, bringing the car with him, and used it sparingly until his death in 1971. His widow stored the car in a garage until 2010, when she sold it on to a broker who began a restoration, and eventually sold the car to its next keeper in 2012, imported the car to the United States and finished the restoration with an eye toward drivability and reliability for long distance tours.