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My son, David, sent me a link to a video that has some good Alfa history, and it specially focuses on the original and contemporary GTA and GTAm. Not the most complete, but informative and entertaining.

One point in particular as the Giulietta Sprint is being discussed, ti shows a side-hinged Sprint trunk lid; obviously something that didn't make it into the production car. This can be seen beginning at 4:00 point of the video.


Hope you enjoy it.

Ray
 

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FYI, the Giulietta Sprint footage came from the newsreel that formed the basis of this video.
 

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Ruedi,

Thanks for the info.

Was the side-hinged trunk/boot lid only a pre-production item, or were some cars made with it?

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Ray
 

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The car seems to be a prototype -- a friend of mine recently commented in another thread (which I can't find right now) how surprising it is to not have seen the side hinges and/or how this rear lid opened in any history book.
 

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But there is modern poo in the videos ... 😏

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The production design number for the Giulietta Sprint body from Bertone was "65". So, the very earliest bodies were almost certainly given body numbers "65001" (or perhaps "6501"?) and then higher, continuing into the Giulia Sprint examples that were bodied 1963 with seven-digit individual numbers beginning "653xxxx".

This followed numbering patterns seen earlier and later from Bertone, including a small series of Fiat 1100/103TV cars that carried the production design prefix "57". Nuccio Bertone told one owner that ten of these cars were made, one being a spider and nine berlinetta examples that bear some resemblence to the Giulietta Srint. Bertone told the same owner that the 1100/103TV cars were considered to be conceptual prototypes for the later Giulietta Sprint Speciale.

I have seen "5707" and "5709" and will share some images of them following this posting. I'd expect that the spider had a different production design number and it may be that Bertone described a spider that was presented initially as "103TV" and later as "1200GS". That car has Bertone body "8901", so is perhaps too late to have been the car that Bertone lumped together with the nine berlinetta examples? I do not know if there was also a different spider example.

The Arnolt-Bristol was production design "58" and individual bodies were numbered "5801" into "581xx".
An Aston Martin bodied similarly to the Arnolt-Bristol was numbered "5901" by Bertone.
Another Aston was numbered "6101" by Bertone as it was a completely different styling exercise.
There were additional Aston Martin cars from Bertone that may have consumed some additional design numbers?

There was an Alfa Romeo Giulietta spider prototype that probably consumed another design number, whether earlier or later than the "65" of the Sprint design.

65XX(?), 65XXX, 65XXXX, 65XXXXX bodies are Alfa Giulietta Sprint coupe bodies ... and then Giulia Sprint.
The Bertone design numbering did not change when the “750” style gave way to the “101” style. But there was also a different Giuletta Sprint design number from Bertone for roughly 600 "Sprint Veloce". See below ...

"70xx" numbers were assigned to Arnolt-Bristol Coupe bodies.

The original Giulietta Sprint Veloce (called "lightweight" or "alleggerita" by some) was production design "77" from Bertone as the first (approximately 600) examples were built diifferently than the following "Veloce" examples.

The Bertone number (whether "65xxx" or "77xxx") can be found in the vertical face of the water gutter on the right side of the bonnet opening just above the firewall, generally not far from the chassis number. It may be that some very early "65xx" examples (such as the one seen in the subject video) had Bertone ID plate(s)? My study files show Bertone body numbers ranging from "65345" to "6531134" and "77001" to "775xx" at this time, but I am certain that this range can be expanded by studying cars that we know to exist. There will be some surprises! I have seen a car numbered "AR1493*00002* (hence a very early Giulietta Sprint) that was either seemingly completed far out of sequence or revised after its initial build as it carries the Bertone number "77201". It was sold from Italy to Japan shortly after I saw it.

The Sprint Speciale (Giulietta & Giulia) carried Bertone body numbers "8701" to "8726xx".

8801 was a Bertone Fiat 600.
8901 (mentioned above) was a Fiat 1100/103 that became described as "Stanguellini 1200"
90xx numbers were on a small number of Jaguar chassis.

140xxx & 140xxxx numbers from Bertone = Alfa Romeo 2000 Sprint and 2600 Sprint.

260xxx & higher seems to have furnished also the chassis numbering for Iso Rivolta cars in their individual digits.

There should be much more that some of you will know (and share?) once the numbering patterns are studied?

Next, some images ....
 

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Bertone #5707 images, showing a side-hinge feature that was echoed apparently by at least one very early Giulietta Sprint.
Bertone#5707=Fiat103TV-059486-DSCN9341.JPG Bertone#5707=Fiat103TV-059486-DSCN9342.JPG Bertone#5707=Fiat103TV-059486-DSCN9343.JPG Bertone#5707=Fiat103TV-059486-DSCN9375.JPG
The wire wheels had been changed by the owner.
 

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Bertone #5709, probably the last body in this form on a Fiat 1100/103TV.

Bertone#5709=Fiat103TV071366a.jpg Bertone#5709=Fiat103TV071366b.jpg Bertone#5709=Fiat103TV071366c.jpg Bertone#5709=Fiat103TV071366d.jpg

These images are not mine and I will remove them if any objections are made by the image originator or the car's owner.
 
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