1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce
The ultimate Giuliettas were the Veloce versions, cars even Alfa Romeo strongly cautioned buyers were unsuitable for street use. From the factory they were equipped with dual Weber DCO3 carburetors (without chokes) fed by a Veloce-specific ram air induction system and electric fuel pump; long branch exhaust header with sand-bent tubes and free-flow exhaust; a 1300 cc all-aluminum DOHC engine with higher compression, radical high lift camshafts, special Lucas distributor; special brakes with finned aluminum drums; and many other special features to make these unique cars competition ready right off the showroom floor. They are a high strung, hyper, 1500 rpm idle and 8000 rpm redline, cold blooded thrill ride.
The most desirable of these Veloces are the early 750 Series short wheelbase cars, in Spider form known as 750F cars, the factory designation. Very few were produced from 1957-1959, with production estimates hovering around 500.
I purchased this 750F from the estate of its original owner. It was imported when new by the legendary Max Hoffman, and delivered new to the original owner in Texas, where it lived until I bought it in the mid-1990s and brought it home to Wisconsin. True to its competition roots, this car competed in early SCCA races in the Southwest, including the one noted on the dash plaque in November 1959.
One drive in a good 750 Veloce and you'll know why Alfisti call these things "Little Jewels". They are just magnificent and engaging sports cars, from a time when you could buy a true sports car on Friday and hit the track on Saturday.