Broken Down Piece of Junk: 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

“I got a beat leather jacket,

I got a broken down car,

I’m gonna push it up the hill,

If I can make it that far,

‘Cause everything I own is a broken down piece of junk

Ooo, la, la, la – Ooo, la, la, la” *

Find this 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint for sale on eBay at the Beverly Hills Car Club in East LA, CA for $8,950.

* Lyrics from Brian Setzer’s Broken Down Piece of Junk from 13.

The Guilietta was where Alfa’s decision to go from a ulta high end maker of sporting cars before the Second World War to a maker of mass-produced sporting cars that could be afforded by many took off.  The Sprint was the two door variant of the Guiletta designed by the house of Bertone and engineered by Alfa’s chief engineer Orazio Satta Puliga.  The Guiletta was powered by Alfa’s all-aluminum twin cam 4, displacing 1300cc in this form.  This engine would go on to increase in displacement until ending production as a 2 liter in the mid-1990’s.  This car has twin Webers on it, which would indicate that it might be the hotter Veloce model, but without the serial number, it’s hard to confirm.  I’m amazed that the engine hasn’t fallen out of this car.

One man’s fortune, honey, 

Is another man’s worse bad luck, 

If I ever crawl outta this hole alive, 

I’m gonna spend every last buck, buck, buck.

The ad optimistically states that this car is a “great candidate for a full restoration”.  No doubt it will cause you to spend every last buck to patch the numerous holes in the monocoque body.

Frankly, I’m amazed that this car doesn’t just fold in half.  I guess it is a testament to the strength of the Giulietta’s roof.  Prices are moderately on the upswing for Alfa’s (as they are in general for classics), but I’m not sure even with your free labor, how it wouldn’t be a Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, restoring this car.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent and resident Alfista.  He’s not sure when his last tetanus shot was.