Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS
Alfa Romeo
Production 1959-1965 Made 2,766
Class Sports Car
Body Style 2-Door Coupe
Length 180.5 inches (4,585mm)
Width 61.4 inches (1,560mm)
Height 56.3 inches (1,430mm)
Wheelbase 92.5 inches (2,350mm)
Weight 2100 lbs (953 kg)
Transmission 4-speed Manual
Engine 1290 cc I-4
Power 91 hp (67 kW) at 6000 rpm
Designer Franco Scaglione working for Bertone


Base price when new: $5,663


The car was made before the United States began implementing automobile safety laws in 1967. Regardless, later examples have seatbelts but not any other safety devices.



Main CompetitorsEdit

Unique AttributesEdit

Coefficient of drag is 0.28, the same as the sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette

Resale ValuesEdit

  • Low $16,500
  • Average $24,000
  • High $33,000


  • Typical straight-armed Italian driving position
  • Very small trunk
  • Tight cabin for larger people
  • Mechanicals need freqent attention

First Generation/OriginsEdit

The Sprint Speciale was originally based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the post-war Alfa that came in coupe(Sprint), sedan(Berlina), and convertible(Spider) variations. The Veloce was a more performance-oriented option that could be had on the Sprint or Spider. The Berlina Ti was the performance variant of the Berlina sedan.

The Giulietta Sprint Speciale was a more upscale version of the normal Sprint and featured a smooth, 2-door gran turismo body by Bertone. Aluminum was used for the bodies of the first SS's, but was changed over to steel after 1959. In the efforts to make the SS as light as possible, the wheelbase was made four inches shorter than the Sprint's. Since it was intended for competition use, the SS only had room for two people and a limited amount of storage for luggage. However, this allowed the cabin to be much more spacious than the four-seat Sprint.

At the 1960 Turin Motor Show, Zagato showed their own version of the SS. Called the Giulietta SZ (Speciale Zagato), it was a much more rotund car, resembling early Porsches in shape. It was meant entirely for racing use, and was lighter then the SS because a great amount of the underframe was removed. It was, understandably, less comfortable, less practical, and thus less popular than the SS with the general public.

Franco Scaglione was the chief designer at Bertone and was responsible for the design of the SS. It is considered to be a 'production' version of the sensational B.A.T. (Berlina Aerodynamica Technica) cars that Scaglione designed for Bertone in 1953, 1954, and 1955.

Bertone was also responsible for production of the SS. Early SS's made by Bertone had sharper raked hoods and lower grilles, giving them the nickname "Low Nose". 101 of these cars were made between 1958 and 1959, six of these used lightened aluminum for the body and plastic for the windows.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia was introduced in 1962, and replaced the Giulietta lineup. Despite this, the SS continued using many parts from the Giulietta and added newer Giulia parts as well. The Giulia received an upgraded Veloce 1570cc engine in 1963 that produced 126 horsepower.

Design quirks and odditiesEdit


Grille 4c

The Fiat Group

Abarth | Alfa Romeo | Autobianchi | Fiat | Lancia | Innocenti | Maserati | Iveco | Chrysler | Dodge | Ram | Jeep

Prewar: 6C · 8C 2900

1950-1960: 1900 · AR 51 · 1900C Disco Volante · Giulietta · Giulietta Sprint Speciale · 2000

1960-1970: Giulia · Super 1600 · TI · TZ · TZ2 · GTA · Sprint GT (Veloce) · 2600 · Spider · 33 Stradale · 1750

1970-1985: Montreal · Alfasud · Alfetta · Sprint · Alfa 6

1985-1995: GTV · GTV6 · Arna · 33 · 90 · 75 · 164

1995-2000: SZ · GTV · Spider · 145 · 146 · 155 · 156 · 156 GTA

2000-2010:147 · 147 GTA · 8C Competizione · 8C Spider

Current Vehicles: GT · 159 · 159 GTA · Brera · Spider · 166 · Mi.To · Giulietta

Concept Vehicles: B.A.T. Cars · B.A.T. 5 · B.A.T. 7 · B.A.T. 9 · B.A.T. 11 · Nuvola Concept · Carabo Concept · P33 Roadster Concept · 33 Prototipo Speciale Concept · Iguana Concept · 33 Spider Cuneo Concept · Navajo Concept · Disco Volante 2005 Concept · Vola Concept · Schighera Concept · Mi.To GTA Concept · Diva Concept · 2uettottanta Concept · Pandion Concept · TZ3 Corsa Concept · 4C

Racing Vehicles:164 Procar

Nicola Romeo · Enzo Ferrari · A.L.F.A. · Alfa Romeo in motorsport

Cavaliere Ugo Stella Corporate website A brand of the Fiat group

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