Sprint Speciale Article

Ever wonder what happened to your car after you sold it? We sign papers, exchange  money then see it drive off down the road with a lingering sense of loss and wonder if you did the right thing.

Here is a great story from Pete Vack of VeloceToday and his Sprint Speciale that he sold some time back. I have included his photos of the car to see if anyone knows of its whereabouts. If you know, please contact me!

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July 27th, 2005Something SpecialeAn Alfa at odds with itselfBy Pete Vack


The Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale, or SS was produced with both the 1300 and 1600 engines. Photo by Alessandro Gerelli.

To some eyes, the Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale (1957-1966) was a great looking piece of automotive art. Yet, so radical, so sweeping was the scope of the design, to this day there may not be a consensus. Is it a work of rolling art or is it a bloated caricature of a space age nightmare? What was the original intent? Did the SS live up to expectations?

The best laid plans…

Derived from the experimental B.A.T. prototype of 1953-55, Alfa’s Sprint Speciale was designed by Bertone as a counterpoint to Zagato’s brutally efficient and lightweight coupes. A counterweight might be closer to the truth, for what it gained in beauty over the soapbar SZ, it lost in weight. This was not the original intent; Alfa Romeo was looking toward Bertone to create a faster version of the Guilietta, favoring Bertone over Zagato as a co-producer of their cars. It is one of the more fascinating ironies that beset the Sprint Spinta.

To continue reading the story…VeloceToday Sprint Speciale article (click to link)



About alfadoc

I have been involved in Alfa Romeo cars since 1970 when I bought my 1600 Veloce spider. It was in 1972 that I started the Veloce Register for 1600 cars. It was in 1998 that I added the Sprint Veloce, 750 Spider Veloce and Sprint Speciale registers. Currently I own 2 Alfas: a 1994 164 Quadrifoglio.and a 1991 Spider "Automatic"
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