Since the first aerodynamic body was seen on an Alfa Romeo in 1914, it comes as no surprise that the Milanese company would be interested in pursuing the benefits of wind-cheating design for its cars in the 1950s. The collaboration with Carrozzeria Touring, which resulted in the ‘Disco Volante’ competition cars of 1952, was done simultaneously with the work of Bertone’s Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica, or B.A.T., show cars, the first of which debuted in 1953.
The lessons learned from both series came to the showroom with the 1959 Giulietta Sprint Speciale. This Bertone bodied four-cylinder twin-cam Alfa Romeo was initially conceived as a privateer sports racer, a wind-cheating version of the Giulietta Sprint Veloce. When the 1,570-cubic centimetre twin-cam engine was introduced with the 101-series Giulia, the Sprint Speciale received both the powerplant and the new name.
Part of the RM Auctions in London in October, 2012.
116 hp, 1,570 cc dual overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine, two Weber carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rigid rear axle with coil spring suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 88.5 in.
Source: RM Auctions Photo Credit: Copyright Dirk de Jager