1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale - Photo by Don Joewon Song
Alleggerita mean “lightweight” in Italian, and by modern standards the Giulia gran turismo alleggerita is lighter than a dust mote, weighing in at less than 1,700 lbs. Prepared by Alfa Romeo’s competition department, Autodelta SpA, the GTA shaves weight off nearly every component. The outer panels are aluminum, and the steel monocoque is thinner gauge as well. The side glass was tossed and plastic windows fitted, and racing-style magnesium alloy wheels round out the package. The rev-happy motor wears a twin-spark head with larger carburetors, making more power out of the 1750cc motor. When you take it all in, it’s the same gorgeous Bertone coupe shape as the regular Giulia GTV, trimmed down to fighting weight and packing a roaring twin-cam four. It’s understandable, then, how this timeless, classic road homologation version complements the race-winning GTA Corse models.