Car of 1963 Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia Sprint GT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

My favourite Ital­ian car to de­but 53 years ago has to be the 105-se­ries Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia Sprint GT. The chal­lenge of su­per­sed­ing a car as ex­quis­ite as the Gi­uli­etta Sprint was (al­most) on a par with try­ing to im­prove on Rome’s Trevi Foun­tain, but when the 105 coupé was launched in 1963 it proved to be a mas­ter­piece of un­der­stated poise.

Its lines were cour­tesy of a youth­ful Gior­getto Gi­u­giaro and com­ple­ment­ing the bodywork was a cabin that was chic with­out be­ing at all os­ten­ta­tious, down to the Bake­lite steer­ing wheel with al­loy spokes.

The Sprint GT was based on a short­ened flfloor­pan of the Gi­u­lia Ber­lina. The top speed was a very agree­able 112mph and 0-60mph could be achieved in a most ac­cept­able 11.2 sec­onds – just right for en­thu­si­as­tic Au­tostrada jour­neys. There was also an all­syn­chromesh fi­five-speed trans­mis­sion and disc brakes all-round. If the UK price tag of £1795 18s 9d placed the Alfa Romeo fi­firmly in the Jaguar Mk2’s price bracket, there were those who deemed the note from the 1570cc alu­minum en­gine worth ev­ery penny.

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