PREVIOUS OWNERS: History before 1982 unknown. BILL GILLHAM, JAMES DYER, MICHAEL KEITHCar was bought from a repo yard in 1982, restored it in 2004 - 05.Original Red with red and gray interior. Restored in Dark Blue with red and gray interior. Original chrome wheels. Best of Marque at Concorso Italiano 2005 (only time shown).
|Chassis Number||AR 10120 00388|
|This Alfa-Romeo Sprint Speciale was intended as a United States market car. The first owner took possession of the car in 1962. It is believed to have remained in Portland, Oregon until 1983. The second owner retained the car until 2005. Since new, the car has been treated to a concours and professional restoration. It is finished in its period-correct Blu Olandese paint. Inside, there is red and gray leather upholstery and correctly bound red wool carpeting and original period Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel.
The car was shown at the 2005 Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California where it won Best Alfa Romeo award. The current owner purchased the car in August of 2008.
In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Amelia Island, Florida. It was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $130,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $154,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.
Auction description:“Formerly the property of Bill Gillham
Chassis No. AR 10120 000388
Engine No. AR00120.01548
1,299 CC Inline 4-Cylinder Aluminum Engine
Twin 2-Barrel Weber DCOE Carburetors
114 BHP at 6,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Independent Coil Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle Coil Spring Rear Suspension
The Giulietta Sprint Speciale
Built by Carrozzeria Bertone in two series from 1957 through 1965, the Giulietta and
later Giulia Sprint Speciale are the direct descendants of the three remarkable Berlina
Aerodinamica Tecnica (BAT) show cars of 1953, 1954 and 1955. Designed by Franco
Scaglione on the Alfa 1900 platform, those futuristic studies on aerodynamics explored
various solutions of airflow management through streamlining and fins, although it was
thought unlikely they would be put into production. However, when the Sprint Speciale
prototype was first shown, it was clear that Bertone had succeeded in convincing Alfa
management that their ideas had merit for a wider audience.
A US-market car, this Sprint Speciale was delivered to its first owner in 1962 by Rambo
Motors of Portland, Oregon. It is believed to have remained in Oregon until 1983, when
it was purchased by noted Alfa aficionado, Alfa Romeo Owners Club president, concours
judge and restorer Bill Gillham. Mr. Gillham sold the car in 2005 to James and Cindy
Dyer of Houston, Texas, who commissioned a concours restoration from Mr. Gillham’s
shop, Hooligan Racing LLC in Jefferson, Oregon. The brief from his clients was to
produce a national concours-level show car – in the words of its restorer “…to make it
the finest SS on the continent” – and the results of that effort can be clearly seen today.
With its complex compound curves, the dramatic body was carefully prepared to receive
the beautiful finish in the Alfa period-color Blu Olandese paint. Extensive use of hard-
to-find NOS pieces, including what is said to have been the last Bertone factory nose
panel, were used to assure that the restoration was as authentic as possible. The level of
attention to detail extended to the fitting of the correct decals on the fuel pump, a voltage
regulator and leather jack belt hold-down strap. The original engine is stated to have been
rebuilt to “racing standards” by Dan Sommers of Veloce Motors in Gervais, Oregon,
and included correct Veloce rods and NOS pistons. Of course, only the proper Copiglia
clamps hold the hoses under the hood.
Inside, the red and gray leather interior was done by Andy Smith of Larry’s Upholstery in
Albany, Oregon, and the correct bound red wool carpeting and an original period Nardi
wood-rimmed steering wheel adds appeal to the simple but elegant appearance. Some
original components, such as the dashboard controls and shift knob, were left in place,
their light patina giving a graceful touch.
Following completion of the restoration this Sprint Speciale was shown at the 2005
Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California, where it duly won Best Alfa Romeo in a large
field of entrants! The current owner purchased the car in August 2008, and as a testament
to both the original restoration as well as the standard of care it has received, it continues
to win prizes. At the 2009 Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car Show in Saratoga Springs,
New York, the Alfa garnered Best Alfa Romeo as well as Best in Show. In 2010, at the
Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance in Pennsylvania, the SS was chosen First in Class and
went on to win a Certificato d’Oro with 100+ points at the Alfa Romeo Owners Club
National Convention in Fredrick, Maryland.
Included with the car are the original tool kit, owner’s manual and leather wallet, a file
of restoration and maintenance receipts and photographs, dismounted wiper arms (to
protect the flawless windshield,) as well as various spare parts. Please consult one of our
specialists to view the file and the detail of spares. The Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale is
the closest most of us will come to owning a show car for the street, and this is arguably
one of the best examples of this extraordinary model available on the market in the world
1960 Giulietta Sprint Speciale 00120*00388. This car is available in Houston here right now for $69,900.
If I have my information correct this car was restored by Bill Gillham, who has been a prominent voice in Alfa enthusiast circles for years and knows his Giulietta’s (and incidentally, he welded the floor in my 59 Sprint).
No engine number is given and no pictures of it are among the pictures on their website. I would want these and underside pictures for starters if I was seriously considering this car.