Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Review

1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1967
Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership1973
Most recent year of ownership1975
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles
Previous carAustin Healey Sprite

Summary:

Beautiful, fast, but a little ratty

Faults:

Head gasket.

Had to be held in 2nd gear.

Entertaining entry of water via rotten rubber boots around the pedals.

Papier-mâché dashboard disintegrating.

Tail waggled like a duck over bumps due to worn rear suspension bushes.

Minor fires behind the dashboard.

General Comments:

This beautiful little white car was quite quick, and could be flung around once you learned its ways.

125 HP, about 120mph, alloy engine, 5 speed gearbox, hemi head, twin cam, 2 x 42DCOE Webers, free flowing exhaust. What more could you want? Well, better wiring and pendant pedals would have been nice.

Like most cars of my youth, by the time I could afford this little minx she was a little tired, but she did her best. We had a ball.

The svelte Bertone body was set off by shiny stainless steel plates on the door sills announcing in flowing script: 'Alfa Romeo'. Very impressive to the right passenger!

The front seats were comfortable, and the back very cosy. The Italians made up for the dodgy wiring with little touches like a spring loaded, semi-automatic cigarette lighter. There was even a primitive cruise control - a hand throttle under the crumbling dash.

And a lovely exhaust note. Automotive heaven for $2000!

I suspect that automotive heaven is where she is now...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th April, 2014

Average review marks: 4.4 / 10, based on 1 review