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Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT 1600 1964 Verde Muschio

The basic body shape shared by all 105/115 series coupés was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone. It was one of his first major projects for Bertone, and borrowed heavily from his earlier design for the Alfa Romeo 2000 Sprint/2600 Sprint. The balance of glass and metal, the influence of the shape of the front and rear glass on the shape of the cabin, and the flat grille with incorporated headlamps were groundbreaking styling features for the era.

All models featured the four cylinder, all-light-alloy Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine in various cubic capacities from 1290 cc to 1962 cc, all with two valves per cylinder. All versions of this engine fitted to the 105 series coupés featured twin carburettors, except for US market 1750 GTV and 2000 GTV cars which were fitted with fuel injection. Competition models featured cylinder heads with twin spark plugs. Common to all models was also a 5-speed manual transmission and disc brakes on all four wheels. The rear suspension uses a beam axle with coil springs. Air conditioning and a limited slip rear differential were optional on the later models.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT was the first Giulia sport model introduced, and was manufactured from 1963 to 1965. It was revealed at a press event held at the then newly opened Arese plant on 9 September 1963, and displayed later the same month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In its original form the Bertone body is known as scalino or 'step front', because of the leading edge of the engine compartment lid which sat above the nose of the car.

The Giulia Sprint GT was fitted with the 1,570 cc displacement version of Alfa Romeo's all-aluminium twin cam inline four, which had debuted on the 1962 Giulia Berlina. Breathing through two twin-choke Weber 40 DCOE 4 carburettors, on the Sprint GT this engine produced 105 hp at 6,000 rpm. Like all subsequent models, the Sprint GT was equipped with an all-synchromesh 5-speed manual transmission. The braking system comprised four Dunlop disc brakes and a vacuum servo. The rear brakes featured an unusual arrangement with the slave cylinders mounted on the axle tubes, operating the calipers by a system of levers and cranks. According to Alfa Romeo the car could was capable of reaching a top speed of over 180 km/h. Italian car magazine Quattroruote observed a top speed of 182 km/h in its December 1964 road test.

In total 21,902 Giulia Sprint GT were produced from 1963 to 1965, when the model was superseded by the Giulia Sprint GT Veloce.

This rare early Giulia Sprint 1600 GT was sold new in France. The colour is Verde Muschio AR 209 with grey flanel cloth interior. According to the big history file accompanying the car the first owner was a Mr. Edeline. In 1975 the car had done 51.000 km on clock according to the accompanying paperwork. In 1985 it had 66.939 km recorded. In 2005 it was sold to its second owner from new. The second owner was a Mr. S. Zito from Paris. The engine was rebuilt in 2005 with a new clutch by Vec Racing, an Alfa Romeo specialist in Nanterre. The rust free body work was repainted from bare metal. In 2006 the car had driven 74.000 km. In 2008 it had 87.716 km at the controle technique. In 2010 it was sold to a new owner, Mr. Giraudineau from Vanves. At the time the car had 90.500 km on clock. In 2011 it had 95.242 km. In 2018 its total mileage is 111.631 km.

The engine still is the original numbered unit. The car has very good and original bodywork and a very original cloth interior. This example has an excellent panel fit. Mechanics are functioning very well and it comes with a fresh service. The history file shows a lot of attention has gone in the car by its careful custodians.

This rare and really lovely example comes with a big history file showing owners, invoices and copies of carte grise. The original black steering wheel has recently been refitted.

The car is registered in the Netherlands and has a fresh APK (Controle technique, MOT, TUV).

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