HISTORY OF THE SZ - PART I
The Giulietta family first
saw the public light of day at the Turin Motor Show in April
Developed by the inspired design team led by Orazio Satta, the Sprint was greeted
with universal enthusiasm. Even at that stage it was obvious that the GT coupe
bodied Sprint was destined for competition and so it proved, with competition
leading to development and improvement of the breed.
In 1955, Giuseppe Busso was given the task of developing the Sprint to make
it more competitive. Using the age-old techniques of building in lightness
and increasing power, the Sprint Veloce (SV) was born.
Two years to the month after the launch of the Sprint, the SV took to the start
line in its first competitive event. With weight reduced by 70kg, power increased
from 65 to 90bhp and with the sweet handling and powerful brakes inherited
from the Sprint, the SV became a class leading competition car.
A few weeks after the debut of the SV, Carlo and Dore Leto di Priolo entered
their brand new SV in the 1956 Mille Miglia. Near Perugia, they crashed heavily,
badly damaging the car.