Why the Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Is Collectable
Photography by Afshin Behnia for Petrolicious
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Alfa Romeo originally introduced the 1900 series in 1951, an important milestone for the company because it was their first monocoque design. Perhaps more important still, is that its production numbers and economies of scale would be large enough to finally allow the company to become profitable. And the recently developed 1900cc motor (for which the series was named) made as much power as the supercharged racing 1750 motors of the 1930s. Although downsized for use in the wonderful Giulietta, the architecture of the remarkable 1900 remained.
And even though the resulting 1290cc motor weighed twenty percent less than a 1900 it made only ten less horsepower. This is due to a higher compression ratio, and still allowed the Giulietta Sprint Coupe to exceed the 100mph mark.