You may be familiar with Petrolicious, which is essentially the home of tasteful motoring on the internet. The publication and production company produces high-quality articles and videos documenting tastefully modified or classically kept vehicles of all types, which has always left us wondering ‘what kind of vehicle might the founder of such a company drive?’
On the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Petrolicious founder Afshin Behnia stops by with his pride and joy, a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale. The Sprint Speciale occupies a unique space in Alfa lore due to its Bertone styling, which at the time was considered fairly forward thinking and extroverted, especially among the squarish cars being churned out by most domestic automakers at the time.
Behnia’s Giulia SS is a late production run example with the larger 1.6-liter Alfa Romeo twin-cam engine. Some early Sprint Speciales featured all aluminum bodies in order to satisfy FIA homologation regulations, but a full steel body was eventually introduced once the minimum 100-car production run needed for homologation was met. Behnia’s is a steel bodied example, making it less valuable than the aluminum bodied cars, but still a bonafide collectible. Just look at it.
Hear what Leno and Behnia have to say about the eccentric Giulia SS in the video embedded above.