Monday, 5 September 2011

Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

Alfa Romeo's Disco Volante concept car series, beginning in 1952, employed aerodynamic Touring-built bodies to push the early-fifties envelope of aero technology; the designs were wind-tunnel tested to optimise performance from Alfa's existing road car engines. Meanwhile, over at Bertone, further Alfa concepts were being built in the form of the B.A.T. (Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica) series, again with the aim of achieving the lowest possible drag coefficient. The learnings gleaned from these two projects filtered into a brief to Bertone to create a compact, coachbuilt racing car, the result being the Giulia Sprint Speciale. It was ultimately deemed to be more practical as a road car rather than a racer, largely due to weight, and so it came to pass that the Sprint Speciale, powered by a new iteration of the Alfa four-pot, went on sale in the early sixties as, well, a kind of bonkers spaceship for the road.

This example was on display at Chelsea Auto Legends. Interestingly enough, it belongs to the father of somebody I work with; he himself owns the obscure Alfa coupe below. But that's another story...

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