||1961 ALFA ROMEO SPRINT VELOCE (Series II)
Country of Manufacture: Italy Vin
Model Type: 2 Door Coupe
Body Designer: Bertone (Franco Scaglione)
Engine: Inline 4 (1290cc). This particular car has
an additional high performance engine installed and bored
out to 1540cc
Horsepower: 90 (104 SAE) at 6500 rpm. The extra high
performance engine delivers 126 hp.
Torque: 90 lb ft at 6500 rpm in standard Veloce tune
Transmission: 4 speed gearbox. This particular has a 5
speed installed in the original gearbox casing.
Suspension: Front-Independent with transverse linkage,
coil springs, stabilizing bar, telescopic hydraulic shock
Rear-Rigid axle housing with upper triangular thrust rods
and lower radius rods, coil springs, telescopic hydraulic
Brakes: Hydraulic with helical cooling fins, front
Top Speed: 112-120 mph depending on source.
History: The first of Alfa Romeo’s post war
small capacity, affordable cars, the Giulietta emerged first
as a coupe due to the fact that 4 door unibody sedan planned
to launch the series was not ready, but the mechanicals were.
The coupe was an interim effort to placate angry sedan customers
and the initial 750 series coupe was essentially a hand built
stop gap measure.
Production: While only 1000 coupes were originally
planned, the popularity of the model led to 36,149 (including
the later similarly bodied 1570 cc Giulia’s) being built
over the 11 year 1954-1965 period. There were 24,084 standard
Sprints (80 hp) built in a combination of 750 and 101 series
between 1954 and 1962. Sprint Veloce (90 hp) production began
in 1957 and ran through 1962 with a total of 3058 being made,
again in both 750 and 101 series. Within this 3058 Veloce
total are 242 so called “Lightweights” which were
made to order for racing in 1956 and 1957 only and featured
aluminum doors, hood, trunk lids, bumpers, lighter seats and
sliding Perspex side windows. No Veloce’s were produced
beyond 1962. The changeover to the 101 series coincided with
the introduction of pressed rather than hand hammered steel
bodies, larger headlights, a revised grill treatment and larger
taillights. In mid 1962 the 101 series Giulia version (1570
cc and 5 speed gearbox) of the Sprint went into production
with a total of 7107 being built 1962-1964. In 1963 the Giulietta
Sprint was reintroduced (1900 built) with the same 1300cc
engine and 4 speed gearbox as the original and along with
the last of the 1570 cc Giulia’s, the later production
cars (1964-65) had front disk brakes.
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