In 1965 Autodelta, a newly formed company headed by Carlo Chiti dedicated to preparing Alfa Romeos for racing, gave birth to the sportiest version of all, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, where "A" stands for "Alleggerita" (lightened). Born to excel in the European Tourism Challenge against Ford Cortina Lotus, BMW 1800 TISA and Mini Cooper S was a deeply lightened version of the Sprint GT with aluminum body (Peraluman 25), plexiglass windows, simplified interior, modified suspension and 1.6 engine enhanced with two 45 mm double-barrel Weber carburettors with double ignition, delivering 115 horsepower in street configuration at 6,000 rpm, for a maximum speed of 185 km/h. Deployed immediately in the race with further elaborations by Autodelta itself, it obtained countless victories all over the world on the track, uphill and in rallies, with drivers of the caliber of Andrea de Adamich, Gian Luigi Picchi, Spartaco Dini, Ignazio Giunti, Nanni Galli, Luigi Pozzo, Teodoro Zeccoli, Mario Casoni, Carlo Facetti, Nino Vaccarella, Lucien Bianchi, Herbert Schultze, Gijs Van Lennep and Toine Hezemans.


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