Fuelist mobile app is in Apple app store, and it’s free

Some of you may know I have been working on this blog for 5+ years.  I have written about approximately 500 cars in that time, and that effort has given me some insight into how something like the Fuelist could/would/should work.  At one point, probably 3 years ago I set out to create a database that would display a list of Giuliettas that had sold at any level of model specificity, with details of the sale captured to try and normalize sales and get insight into what was important to buyers of these cars.  It turned out difficulty-wise to be something along the lines of building my own Sprint Veloce Zagato from scratch – doable, but highly unlikely without a serious foray in an as-yet undiscovered continent of skill developing: cutting code.

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To all you Android users: an app for you is in the works.  To all you Windows, Blackberry and other non-iOS or Android users: unless the owners of said operating systems want to pay for us to develop for their platforms, I suggest er, I’m not sure what I suggest.

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A screen capture from my phone of the group of 750 & 101 Spider Veloce models.  Sortable by price and sale date.  I could just have easily chosen only 750F Spider Veloces or 10118 1600 Spider Veloces.

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Market 495: Sprint Veloce Basket case 10124*23895

Giulietta Sprint 10124 1493E*23895, 00106*01059 & 00102*29231.  This Sprint Veloce is on eBay being offered by Classic Invest out of Denver Colorado.  It is incomplete, but tempting for a guy like me who has boxes of parts and a scruffy Sprint Normal to potentially move a bunch of parts off of.  This series of Sprint seems to have come with an 00106 Veloce engine, the US version of the early 10106 Sprint Veloce.  I have 10124 23899 in my picture files, and it has an 00106 engine with 40DCOE’s instead of 40DCO3’s.

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I worked on a car like this, that had been painted at some  point in the last 10 years and then was stored a lot like this.  There will be scuffs and scratches to the extent that you may just want to go for it and repaint it now while the painting is easy.  Grills look alright.   Continue reading

Market 494: Basketcase Sprint 750B 06248

Giulietta Sprint 750B 1493*06248, 1315*05668.  This jigsaw puzzle of a Sprint is on eBay out of Dallas.  Bumpers excepted it looks somewhat complete at first glance (Lionel is going to ask me to define complete again) but you have to wonder how useable all the parts are.  Some metal repair has been done, the quality of which is near impossible to determine without seeing it in person, but if you go into this assuming a lot of it will be redone to meet your very high standards, you can just pretend it still has gaping rust holes.  Pete’s has this car listed with a, $11,500 sticker price.  Not a bad deal for someone who already has one of these under restoration.

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One wonders at the 56 year road that now sees this car stripped of parts and in primer in a gravel parking lot in Dallas.  Doesn’t look too bad from this angle if you are not afraid of fasteners. Continue reading

Market 493: Spider Veloce 10107 167610 for sale… no expense spared, no excuses

This car has appeared at Fantasy Junction and they have put it on eBay.  I saw it in person today and it is a thing of beauty.

Giulietta Spider Veloce 10107 167610.  Tom Sahines in the San Francisco Bay Area has put this fine specimen of a Spider Veloce on the market.  Tom has been the ARA tech hotline for as long as I can remember, and has deep knowledge of Alfa’s cars from Giulietta to 164 and probably beyond.  I’ve seen some of his restorations in person and they are astonishingly nice.  Ever the engineer, astonishingly nice to look at is not Tom’s main goal; astonishingly nice to drive is.  An unusual goal in a world where cars for resale tend to get the minimum attention to functionality.

The asking price is $140,000.  This may seem high, but a 750D in similar condition sold at Scottsdale for $140K.

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All the usual praise applies: great panel fit, impeccable bright-work and lust inspiring luster.  Yes please!

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Market 169: ’58 Spider Veloce survivor

Update 4/28/14: The owner of 04351 contacted me and reports that a restoration was completed about 18 months ago and It is currently being enjoyed in the South West.  He intended to keep the car as original as possible, but after digging in it became apparent there was more to do than anticipated and it slid down the usual slippery slope towards a full, though sympathetic towards its original state restoration.  

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Update 4/24/14:  I am currently going through close to 1000 Alfa Romeo sale records, verifying them for publication on The Fuelist, and I came across this charming specimen among the raw data.  I remember watching it reach $50,000 after some last minute aggressive bidding, and thinking – “Wow, these have hit the big time!”  Looking back from this moment, five years later, this car appears to have been very well bought.  Anyone here a proud owner?  Where is 04351 now??

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