It was built in December 1962, sold to Renault’s Boulogne-Billancourt factory two days later, and found its first French owner in March 1963. Amazingly, since then it has only had two other owners (sold in October 1967 and again in March of ’68).
Admittedly, its “Giulia” name is a bit of a misnomer. These cars were essentially early Giulietta Sprint coupes which in 1962 were renamed for the new “Giulia” line and given a larger 1570cc twin-cam engine to play with. The later (and boxier) Giulia Sprints adopted iconic styling all their own, but these Giulietta-bodied cars do surely wear their Bertone crafted lines well.
Nonetheless, this Sprint 1600 is a bit rough around the edges. The “tin worm” has made its mark on the Giulia’s Auteuil Silver body, spanning from the car’s front fascia to its rear end. Inside it’s a similar story. Life locked away in a barn has left its interior aged and weary, but like a true time capsule. Needless to say, it’s all original.
In its 53 years since it rolled off the assembly line in Italy, the Sprint 1600 has covered just over 37,000 miles. Now, it’s up for sale in the UK, and its barn find status doesn’t come cheap. The cherished Alfa Romeo asks £27,000 (around $38,000).