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1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 750 Spider Veloce, Pinin Farina

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 750 Spider Veloce
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 750 Spider Veloce

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Alfa Romeo, proving that more power is a good thing, offered the Giulietta Spider Veloce beginning with the 1956 model year. Veloce, appropriately, translates to “fast” in Italian. The Type 750F engine was enhanced to 90hp (10 more than standard models) thanks to an updated twin choke Weber 40 DCOE2 carburetor, 9:1 compression, new design cylinder head, 9mm valve stems, and bigger diameter main journals on the crankshaft. A limited number, with chassis numbers from AR1495F07501 to AR1495F07612, were sent to the U.S. in 1960, including this example. In total, Alfa Romeo built 14,300 Giulietta Spiders and an additional 2,796 Veloce Spiders between 1956 and 1961. A 109mph top speed was claimed by the factory.

Alfa Romeo factory records indicate Chassis No. 07582 to be configured as a left-hand drive Spider in full 750F Veloce trim. It was completed on March 7, 1960 and dispatched to Hoffman Motor Car Co. in New York, New York. While the original owner remains unknown, it was acquired in January 1962 by legendary Orlando, Florida radio DJ, William “Weird Beard” Vermillion, Jr. While working at WLOF AM radio in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Vermillion is credited for promoting and popularizing Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” single to the Top-40 list in 1967. Copies of his initial temporary registration from 1962 along with various Florida registrations remain with the car.

It was purchased by a subsequent owner in 2009 having been in long-term storage. Despite being complete, the car was in need of restoration. It was entrusted to MAS Restorations of Las Vegas, Nevada, which over the next five years, completed a concours level restoration to exceptional standards. Taken down to bare metal, the body was refinished in epoxy primer on top of which the original Rosso Chiaro color in single-stage urethane paint was applied. The interior was correctly reupholstered in its original colors of cream leather with red piping and red carpets using the originals as patterns to ensure authenticity. An in-dash Motorola AM radio and the original tools and books are included.

Mechanically, the entire drivetrain was rebuilt – the top end by Norm Racing and the bottom end by Universal Automotive and Rebuilding; both in Las Vegas. A new Stayfast convertible top was installed as the finishing touch. The restoration is documented in 160 photographs along with another 100 photographs following the completion of work. Attesting to the quality of the restoration, the car was shown at the 2016 Red Rocks Concours d’Elegance where it received Top 10 of Show honors. In 2019 at the Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club Cortile Della Corsa, the Spider earned a Certificate D’Oro with a score of 102.

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Vehicle Highlights

  • Documented high-performance Veloce model.
  • One of 2,796 Veloce Spiders produced between 1956 and 1961.
  • Photo documented restoration by MAS Restorations, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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