1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint to lightweight Veloce Comp Spec
Eligible for a wide range of competitive events and road registered


Introduced in the mid-1950s, the Giulietta range saw high-level design and engineering values applied to a compact car. The four-door Berlina, Bertone-designed Sprint coupe and Pininfarina-designed open Spider were pretty cars and have remained very popular. The more powerful Veloce variants – sometimes appearing in lightweight and/or special-bodied spec - were widely-campaigned and successful in competition.

A UK car, albeit in LHD as they were back then, this early 101-series Sprint was first supplied by Thomson and Taylor at Brooklands. It changed hands a few times - the original log-book is still present - before arriving at Jon Dooley's Brookside garage for restoration. Several years passed before Jon took the project on himself with a partner. The car was prepared to lightweight Veloce competition spec with a 106-numbered engine on twin Webers and ally-panels to the doors, bonnet and boot. The car comes with four- and close-ratio five-speed gearboxes and rear axles with alternative ratios. The suspension and brakes have been overhauled and uprated. Inside is a roll cage, one or two period-style sports seats with harnesses, original instruments and a sports steering wheel. There are two sets of wheels - one with road tyres and one with race tyres.

With recently-issued FIA papers, the car is eligible for a wide range of competitive events, including those run to a 1950s or early-1960s format. It recently took a class win in the pre-63 GT race series. If the more competitive format doesn’t appeal, it would also make a good-looking and fun, if slightly raucous, car for social rallies and road trips. As such, it retains its original and distinctive UK road registration. Throw some kit in the boot and off you go.

Portimao photo credit Antonio Emilio Paquete