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1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider

  • 1 of just 32 examples built in 1957
  • Numbers matching example verified by its Alfa Romeo Historico Certificate
  • Documented no-expense-spared restoration by Alfa specialist
  • Sought-after and eligible for prestigious vintage racing events around the globe

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta started as a 2+2 coupe dubbed the Giulietta Sprint, introduced at the 1954 Turin Motor Show. A year later, it was joined by the four-door Berlina and a few months later by the open two-seat Giulietta Spider with bodywork by Pininfarina. A faster version of the Giulietta Spider was also introduced around this time, dubbed the Giulietta Veloce Spider. It featured dual Weber carburetors, hotter cams, a cold-air intake, and higher-compression pistons which combined took the horsepower numbers up to 91 from the 79 horsepower of the regular Spider. Only 2,796 Veloce Spiders were ever produced during a two-year run. It is believed that only a scant 32 Veloce Spiders were built in 1957. Sometimes we see the word 'rare' used more often than it perhaps should be. In the case of this particular Alfa, it is not only accurate, it is absolutely defining.

This particular example, Chassis AR149502264, was delivered new to Hoffman Motor Car Company in New York on December 17th, 1957, with a Rosso exterior and a black leather interior. This Alfa’s documented history begins ten years ago when it was listed for sale by a broker who found it in a barn in Bethel, Connecticut. Despite sitting for an undetermined number of years, it was an overall solid vehicle with minimal rust.

The current owner and consignor commissioned a full, bare metal restoration of the car that was finished in September of 2022. The body was done by an Alfa specialist in Florida in the original color, while the chrome was handed off to James Abbott, Inc. and DGM Custom Polishing & Finishing of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The engine, transmission, and all corresponding mechanical aspects were fully rebuilt and reconditioned by Proper Noise in Reading, Pennsylvania. This extensive process left the car looking and running like the day it left the Alfa Romeo factory.

According to the official Certificate of Origin provided by the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese, Italy, this Veloce Spider is a numbers-matching example with the original 1,300cc four-cylinder engine still in it. It has original sand-cast Weber carburetors numbered in succession, correct Marelli generator, Bosch starter, and the correct badges and decals affixed. Not only is this car an extremely rare example of a sporting classic Alfa, but its age makes it eligible for The Colorado Grand, California Mille, 1000 (Mille) Miglia, and other similar vintage sports car rallies that will allow this car to be enjoyed the way it was meant to be. Many of these events are extremely exclusive, with The Colorado Grand limiting attendance to sports and sports racing cars manufactured before 1960, while the California Mille is only open to pre-1958 vehicles. Upon purchase, the new owner will receive extensive documentation detailing the car’s restoration process, the Certificate of Origin, factory books and service manuals, as well as the original tool kit, jack, and spare.

This 1 of just 32 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spiders is truly special indeed. A number of factors attest to its attractiveness and desirability. First and foremost is its survival, as collectors recognized its desirability even when it was just an 'old car'. That desirability has been further endorsed since it was discovered then accurately and faithfully restored and documented by the Alfa Romeo Historico Certificate. Chassis AR149502264 promises to be exceptionally satisfying and rewarding to its next owner as it is a virtual passport to the most exclusive driving events and shows around the world.

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