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Le prime 100 Giulietta Sprint Veloce

(telai serie AR1493 ‑ motori serie AR1315)

Numero Numero Data di Colore Primo proprietario Note
di telaio di motore produzione

01380 30001 24.04.1956 Rosso Carlo Guarneri, Brescia
01381 30002 23.04.1956 Rosso Scipione Paon, Verona
01430 30003 04.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Attilio Brandi, Firenze
01431 30004 05.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Soc. per iI Commercio dei Prodotti
Alfa Romeo, Lugano
01460 30005 08.08.1956 Rosso Alfa Giuseppe Bianchi, Milano
01461 30006 24.04.1956 Rosso Sergio Bettoja, Roma
01511 30007 24.04.1956 Rosso Albino Buticchi, La Spezia
01512 30008 21.04.1956 Rosso Alessandro Zafferri, Varese
01532 30009 24.04.1956 Rosso Commercial Orion S.A., Caracas
01536 30010 24.04.1956 Rosso Alfa Romeo, Milano Rivenduta ad Andrea Fachiri, Milano, il 25.11.1957.
01613 30011 21.04.1956 Rosso Egidio Gorza, Rimini (FO)
01614 30012 05.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Mocar Limitada, Lisbona
01631 30013 23.04.1956 Rosso Giancarlo Noceti, Roma
01632 30014 19.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Soc. per il Commercio dei Prodotti
AIfa Romeo, Lugano
01636 30015 24.04.1956 Rosso Piero Carini, Milano
01643 30016 24.04.1956 Rosso Soc. per il Commercio dei Prodotti
Alfa Romeo, Lugano
01647 30017 04.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Giovanni Cavallini, Piacenza
01648 30018 24.04.1956 ‑ Francesco Serene[Ii, S. Maria di Zevio
(Verona)
01651 30019 22.05.1956 Rosso Alfa G.A.P., Parigi
01652 30020 24.04.1956 Rosso Ivo Randi, Lugo (RA)
01691 30021 24.04.1956 Rosso Giancarlo Scotti, Firenze
01692 30022 04.05.1956 Rosso Affa S.p.a. di Navigazione Tito Campanella,
Genova
01719 30023 20.04.1956 Rosso Ing. Pietro Ficai, Fornovo Taro (PR)
01721 30024 20.04.1956 Rosso Ing. AIberto Della Beffa, Milano
01722 30025 03.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Mirella RavestreIIi in Prato, Milano
01723 30026 24.04.1956 Rosso Araido Sassone, Milano
01737 30027 20.04.1956 Rosso Barone Nicola Musmeci, Acireale (CT)
01742 30028 20.04.1956 Rosso Lino Francescheiti, Vicenza
01764 30029 04.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Vittoria Maffi, Piacenza
01769 30030 04.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Dr. Delo Fravolini, Bolzano
01789 30032 04.05‑1956 ‑ Riccardo Favretto, Torino
01795 30031 20.04.1956 Rosso Luciano Gianni, Genova
01804 30033 23.04.1956 Rosso Scuderia Sant'Ambroeus S.r.l., Milano
01806 30034 24.04.1956 Rosso Fabregas Soler, BarcelIona
01816 30037 05.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Edoardo Lualdi, Busto Arsizio (VA)
01819 30038 05.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Ing. Domenico Rabino, Modena
01826 30035 04.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Alma Cacciandra Bordoni, Milano
01829 30036 23.04.1956 ‑ Giorgio Acutis, Torino
01843 30041 20.04.1956 Rosso Comm. ignazio Scaletta, Lucca
01844 30039 21.04.1956 Rosso Comm. Francesco Nissotti, Adria (RO)
01845 30044 26.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Mocar Limitada, Lisbona Acquistata per Joao A. Gaspar, Porto.
01849 30046 03.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Rag. Ada Pace, Torino
01850 30042 20.04.1956 Rosso Conte Giutio Leopardi Dittajuti, Osimo
(Ancona)
01851 30047 20.04.1956 Rosso Ugo Bormioli, Padova
01852 30051 21.04.1956 Rosso Olinto Morolli, S. Lorenzo in Campo (PS)
01860 30040 05.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Antonio Santori, GalIarate (VA)
01861 30052 16.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Attranco Pagani, MiIano
01862 30054 21.04.1956 Rosso Giovanni Buoncristiani, S. Miniato Basso
(Pisa)
01871 30043 26.05.1956 Rosso Alfa G.A.P., Parigi
01882 30045 03.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Bruno Cavallo, Torino
01889 30048 19.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Auto König, München
01899 30049 08.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Soc. per il Commercio dei Prodotti
AIfa Romeo, Lugano
01900 30050 26.05.1956 Rosso Affa G.A.P., Parigi
01923 30055 21.04.1956 Rosso Giovanni Kerschbaumer, S. Cristina
(Bolzano)
30058 24.04.1956 Rosso Cav. Franco Renzi, Corno
30056 24.04.1956 Rosso Carlo Monzino, Milano
30053 21.04.1956 Rosso Bonniers Bilbolag, Stoccolma
30057 21.04.1956 Rosso Raffaello Matteucci, Roma
30059 24.04.1956 Rosso Massimo Leto di Priolo, Milano
30060 29.06.1956 Rosso Alfa G.A.P., Parigi
30062 19.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Auto König, München
30061 06.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Bruno Cecchini, Mestre (VE)
30063 21.04.1956 Rosso Ditta Luigi Sgorbati, Bologna
30064 11.07.1956 Rosso Alfa Comercial Orion S.A., Caracas
30065 20.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Ing. Franco Viganò, Milano
30066 05.05.1956 Rosso AIfa Mariano Gaudiani, Roma
30067 09.05.1956 Rosso AIfa Auto König, München
30068 11.06.1956 Bianco G.A.P., Parigi
30069 30.06.1956 Bleu G.A.P., Parigi
30070 21.11.1956 Rosso Bruno Grazioli, Vicenza
33072 10.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Soc. per il Commercio dei Prodotti
Alfa Romeo, Lugano
30071 21.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Valentino Blancardi, Bordighera (IM)
30073 02.07.1956 Bianco Spagna S.A. Imperia, Messonvaux (Liegi)
30074 24.04.1956 Rosso Giorgio Becucci, Bologna
30075 08.06.1956 S.n.c. <<Citra>> di Dante Pizzinato
e Roberto Franco, Venezia
30076 15.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Ditta Alberto Somaglino, Udine
30077 21.04.1956 Bleu Walter Guarducci, Milano
30078 21.04.1956 Rosso Soc. per il Commercio dei Prodotti
Alfa Romeo, Lugano
30079 12.06.1956 Bianco Spagna Comm. Attilio Lodovici, Roma
30080 07.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Anita Baldi, Vicenza
30081 28.06.1956 Rosso Alta Giuseppe Attanasio, Potenza
30082 30.06.1956 Bleu Ing. Filippo Golia, Napoli
30083 25.06.1956 Bianco Spagna Mocar Limitada, Lisbona
30084 07.06.1956 Auto König, München
30085 22.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Ditta A.L.P.I. di V. Randaccio, Firenze
30086 22.06.1956 Bianco Spagna Comercial Orion S.A., Caracas
30087 23.07.1956 Bleu Giuseppe Guglielmino, Catania
30088 28.06.1956 Azzurro Nube Giuliano Ronzoni, Seregno (MI)
30089 21.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Comercial Orion S.A., Caracas
30090 20.07.1956 Azzurro Nube Giannetto Bruno Cerruti,
Occhieppo Inferiore (VC)
30091 30.06.1956 Bleu Michele Pascucci, Tivoli (Roma)
30092 23.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Giuseppe Balestra, Milano
30093 25.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Mario MiIanesi, Vaiano (FI)
30094 28.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Comm. Giovanni Vaccari, MiIano
30095 02.07.1956 Rosso Emilio Mario Roasio, Brà (CN)
30096 21.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Ing. Giovanni Celentano, Napoli
30097 22.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Enzo Buzzetti, Roma
30098 28.06.1956 Rosso AIfa Dr. UIisse Pizzi, Rimini (FO)
30099 03.07.1956 Rosso Alfa Rag. Vittorio Mazzotto, Verona
30100 20.06.1956 Rosso Alfa Carlo Mario Abate, Torino
 

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The 3 Portuguese Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce 1956...

01614 30012 05.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Mocar Limitada, Lisbona
01845 30044 26.05.1956 Rosso Alfa Mocar Limitada, Lisbona - Acquistata per Joao A. Gaspar, Porto
01923 30083 25.06.1956 Bianco Spagna Mocar Limitada, Lisbona
 

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The list above was published in Tito Anselmi's "Giulietta" book, 1985, first in Italian only from N.A.D.A. It was republished in English translation in 2004 for the Giulietta 50th Anno. Thank you for your efforts Marco.
I suspect that the list of the first 100 GSV (only offered then as lightweight) published there in Italian was misinterpreted by some in the USA as: "there are only 100 GSV Lightweight" and began the rumored "100 lightweight" myth. The series ran to 614 or so "lightweight" cars and 199 roll-up window 1st series GSV before the 2nd series heavier larger body of May 1958, after 1943E*06611.
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I'm with Laurence...........again

Please, please, please let's get away from the myth that there were only 100 Lightweights made, the author of that little MS Word document that's doing the rounds would have done the world a favour if he'd only finished the job with the 500+ that he left off the list

Even then the above list isn't definitive as the chassis numbers end at the 55th car made and thereafter cars are counted on their engine numbers, so what we have here is simply a list of the first 100 Lightweights made ending with Carlo Abbate's 1493E*02158 which was the second Lightweight converted to an SVZ

I run the Sprint Veloce Lightweight Register & the Sprint Veloce Confortevole Register where I log in the details of all & any known cars & also maintain archives of both Veloce's and Normale's

Sorry, no news of E01899 over the past 15 years that I've been keeping records

Ciao
Greig

1493E*06193
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Greig,

I live in Los Angeles and have seen more SS, SZ and TZ compared to SV. I have been driving my 1961 SV since 1968 and cannot remember seeing another SV. I have been a member of AROC since 1968 and was an active member until the 1980's. I wonder if most of the SV stayed in Europe and would like to know if that can be proven with your registry.

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I have no argument with either Laurence or Greig and their production numbers of Lightweights......but where are they all? Have the majority rusted away or been damaged beyond repair? There's three or four Lightweights in the UK that I know of! John notes he hasn't seen an SV in LA....light or heavyweight.....so where are they hiding?
 

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I know that one aluminum SV was destroyed in a garage fire more than 30 years ago. I also am helping someone restore a 101 SV. I have seen only a few Sprints in Southern California and this 101 SV.
 

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It's just an observation, but back in the early 70's many 1300 and 1600 Sprints went off to the crusher in Houston where I lived. They couldn't be sold for anything. It was the age when MGs, Triumphs, Healeys, etc all found audiences looking for convertibles. The Spider Alfas would always sell, but generally for less money than the British stuff. Sprints looked dated and simplistic to our eyes back then, so just got hauled off when they stopped running one day. Oh, the horror.

By comparison, I bought my second Alfa, 1965 Sprint GT, for $500 in 1972. Black with oxblood interior. Drove it home and it was my daily driver for several years. The earlier 750 and 101 stuff wouldn't even attract the $500.
 

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Sadly,
Don P. is really correct. In 1971 my 56 Morgan +4 was a sports car (and still is!). Wire wheels, minimal body with wings, competition was a Super 7, and most importantly TOP-DOWN. When I worked at Fredz almost all Alfa work was Spiders, coupes were Lancia and Aston-Martin mostly. And Fiat rag-tops.
Then there were lots of regular road-use daily MGs Triumph Healey Jag and more! Even XK120 coupes looked non-sporting until the XKE!
It took going to work with Martin Swig in S.F. to show me Giulietta coupes and Coupe 1900's.
The Berkeley and Griswold scene was mostly open sports cars and racers.
So much got scrapped or cannibalized.
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So Lightweights are not numerous in the UK, few in the States (I know of five in CA) where are the rest of the Lightweights.? One might have expected that, say a 20 to 30% attrition rate would be high..... but.....how many extant on your list Greig and where are they? At this rate whilst the hundred figure is wrong for production it might ,at this rate, be closer to the mark for the remaining!
 

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There is one lightweight in Portland Oregon, and I am the caretaker of #08714, a 59 750 series SV. I purchased her in 1970 for the huge amount of $300.

Vern in Oregon
 

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Not sure it is a telling statistic, but the airplane type as my Avatar were built between roughly 1945 and the mid 50's. There were about 1,000 built, and of these we estimate that only perhaps 200 remain, for an 80% attrition rate. The innate value of an aircraft might be considered higher than for a small sporty car, and the government required maintenance is certainly more rigorous. Yet - 80% attrition in a time span similar to the early Griuliettas, and with LESS corrosion problems.

I'd be surprised if 20% survived, not counting the possibility of some being reborn in a way akin to the second coming.
 

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Big difference in airplanes crashing and cars.. not many cars have to be resurrected from ashes. "Crashed and burned" was a euphemism we used in the USAF for anything that was bad from a hang-over to busted check ride.
 

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I think that of the 3,100 Giulietta Sprint Veloce produced less than 500 cars survived. I am going to ask Chris Boles how many Sprint Veloce cars are in his register. I registered my car this year and have known Chris since the 1970s.
 

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Lightweight Survival numbers

We do really need to split the Sprint Veloce's into 3 separate & distinct groups

  • Series I 750 Sprint Veloce Lightweight's made from March '56 until September '57
  • Series I 750 Sprint Veloce Confortevole's made from September '57 to June '58
  • All Series II Sprint Veloce's, both 750 Interim / Transition cars and pure 101 cars
We know from D'Amico & Tabbucci and also extrapolating the Bertone Body Numbers that there were +- 600 Lightweights built (actual build is 600 to 612 Bertone body numbers, for the purposes of this discussion I've used 600 as a number). We know from D'Amico & Tabbucci as well as the Bertone Body Numbers that there were 199 Confortevole's built. Fusi records 3058 Sprint Veloce's, subtracting 800 (Lightweight & Confortevole's) from this leaves +- 2258 Sprint Veloce Series II cars

Christopher Boles excellent Veloce Register (Spider Veloce, Sprint Veloce and Sprint Speciale Registers) will not answer your questions in that it is a list of all production chassis numbers from 5 main sources, namely the "Le Prima 100 Veloce document), the D'Amico & Tabbucci books, Christopher’s endless research, private owners & lastly my Confortevole Register. Christopher & I have collaborated extensively on his Veloce Register & he is to be congratulated for a ceaseless labour of love....it's a thankless task maintaining this sort of detailed information.

From my archives over the past 15 years, I have details of known survivors and that is the question that Stuart asked.

1956 - I have records of 11 surviving Lightweights

1957 - I have records of 23 surviving Lightweights

The 1956 cars are split into 5 from the first 100 as per the list in post #1 of this thread and 6 from 21 June '56 to 31 December '56. If we add the 6 from after Chassis E02158 (Abbate's SVZ) to the remaining 23 from '57 this gives a total of 29 outside of those first 100 cars.

5/100 = 5% survival rate from the first 100 cars from my current documentation
29/500 = 5.8% survival rate from the remaining +- 500 cars from my current documentation

Are there only 34 Lightweights in existence...no of course not, there are many more that have not been identified by those of us who research these cars as pictures of unknown cars on various events appear all the time, but without the Chassis number, it's impossible to accurately identify such cars & as Christopher will attest to, calls for such numbers to owners in other countries often go unanswered

I have pictures of 8 unidentified Lightweights from my '56 file and 9 unidentified Lightweights from my '57 file, so that's potentially another 17 cars out there, making a potential 46 Lightweights that I’ve recorded thus far giving a current known survival rate as of today at 46 out of 600 = 7.6%. The Confortevole’s numbers thus far are 27 identified cars & 5 unidentified, making 32 out of 199 = 16% known survival rate. These figures are based purely on what is recorded as a known car in my personal archives....it's not a definitive answer by any means, but it's what I have on my files at the current moment and I've put a percentage to it.

Attrition rate of Lightweights in period

I'd have to go on record as saying it was high, they were fragile, the earliest had full aluminium doors and these literally vibrated and shook to pieces. There is a good reason why the later cars had a steel door frame with an aluminium skin attached to it. Compare this to the early GTA’s with aluminium floors which broke up in service, hence the Factory returned to steel floors for the later cars.

The 750 oil pumps were marginal to begin with. Gordon Raymond, oil pump rebuild meister extraordinaire detailed some of the problems / faults to me when he rebuilt the pump for my 750E. Suffice to say this centres around a pump gear pin which wears, allowing the gears to float, increasing clearances & tolerances thus lowering oil pressure while simultaneously allowing the gears to touch the pump body & send aluminium shavings and swarf into the oil feed galleries. Add to this an engine being urged on my 2 double choke Webers and a heavy right foot. Is it any wonder so many 750 Veloce’s are missing their original motors ?

Bill Gillham, noted 750/101 Restorer and Historian extraordinaire once mentioned that the Lightweight’s he’s been associated all leaked like sieves around the doors when it rained. This did not bode well for the floor pans. Add soggy winters & salted roads in various countries combined with minimal underbody protection.

Then the 101 engines and 5 speed gearboxes arrived, along with the later 101 steering boxes and suspensions & many early cars were modified and upgraded to try & keep them competitive. Lastly, in the twilight of the average Lightweight’s racing career, the GTA’s arrived, this made the ageing Lightweights look positively stone aged and consequently their values and desirability dropped dramatically as the 105 chassis was a far superior race car, so tired and tatty cars which we would restore today were broken up & scrapped. Any guesses as to why so few SVZ’s remain alive today.

I’d have to guesstimate that there must be somewhere between a quarter and half of the 600 cars still remaining, so call it 150 to 200, maybe 250 maximum – where are they ?? In private collection, as yet undiscovered in unopened garages and with owners who don’t disclose the chassis numbers very readily.


If anyone reading this has any details of any known Lightweight out there, with chassis, engine & Bertone Body number, please PM or email me with the details & let’s see if we can shed some light on a few more known cars.


Kuni / John – Please note that I do NOT keep a record of the Series II Interim / Transition Sprint Veloce’s or the 101 Sprint Veloce’s, only file & photo folders – keeping track of 600 Lightweights and 199 Confortevole’s is thankless enough, if you want an accurate register of the remaining +-2258 Series II cars, feel free to create one & keep us informed about it as you progress along – I can even send you the template I use for my registers.

Ciao
Greig

10 Giulietta’s at the moment – Bill I’m catching up with you slowly….
 
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