The Giulietta Spider “Sophia”: winning Italian style

Here is a 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider “Sophia”, one of the most elegant and famous racing cars ever created by the Milanese carmaker.

The Giulietta Spider – of which 1,400 were produced between 1955 and 1962 – was designed in the mid-1950s after Alfa Romeo’s American importer had asked to develop a roadster version of the Giulietta Sprint to sell in the United States.

Various car designers were consulted, until – perhaps unsurprisingly – the concept that least complied with American aesthetics was chosen, highlighting instead an indomitable Italian-style profile.

The winning design was by Pinifarina, who had drawn inspiration from one of the most beautiful cars ever made: the famous Lancia Aurelia B24.

Another victory for Italian style.

Photos via:
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20322/lot/479/

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