Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*00722, 1315*00587.
Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*04302.
Giulietta Spider 10103 1495 09841.
Engines 1315*43757, 1315*43440, 00526*26469, 00112*15352, 00102*30859.
Oh, and a 1975 Spider Veloce…
It’s not often a lifetime collection (or is it an accumulation?) comes to market, and even more rare that it is a true enthusiast for the thing collected. The seller of this collection is the son of the owner, trying to help his dad sell off his stuff to fund a move to a sunnier climate. When I first saw the eBay listing I reached out for more info – especially considering there was clearly a “first thousand” Spider pictured. Check it out:
The cars. What are they cousins? Brothers? Three generations of the same family. Let me take a stab at it: 1956, 1960, 1975 and 1958.
Legitimate enthusiast?- absolutely. Gerald Grubb spent a few years showing more expensive, supposedly faster sports cars what a great looking trunk line the might Spider Veloce had. This car is not among those for sale. Not sure what happened to it.
Giulietta Sprint 10105 1493*21711, 00536*16757, 6511501. This fellow is on eBay at the moment out of CT. It runs and would drive with some brake work and probably tuning. If I was looking to enter the market with something I could do some light work to and drive, while searching for parts before really digging into, this would be ideal. It doesn’t look like anything is missing that would keep it off the road, and a lot of the trim bits can be had in repro. A reader has a complete engine for sale that would be ideal for this. Check it out.
I want a white Sprint. Actually was originally Iseo Blue… I want an Iseo blue Sprint! I know a guy with some nice grills for sale that would work for this. Looks alright.
Giulietta Sprint Speciale 10120*177202, 00120*00850. This SS failed to sell at Artcurial on November 1 2015. Estimate was 105,000 – 120,000 Euro’s. Not terrifically high or low, so likely there just wasn’t anyone inclined to buy one on that particular day. You have to wonder how many SS buyers there are in the world for an SS at this price, especially considering how many nicely restored cars keep coming to market such as this one.
Don’t need no stinking hub caps. Hood shut line is almost invisible. Attractive example!
Giulietta Sprint Veloce 10106*159755, 00106*02602. This car was auctioned by Artcurial on November 1 but failed to sell. Bluette or Tornado blue is a great color. Numbers are matching, and it’s pretty complete, but there is some non-originality and loose ends to be fussed over by the prospective new owner.
Fog / driving lights recall seldom seen Bertone accessories -probably Cibie or Marchal units. Looks like an honest driver Sprint in a very nice setting.
Giulietta Sprint Speciale 10120*177258, 00120*01569. This SS is available now out of the UK. Price as listed is a whopping $192,680… that’s “still new in the crate” pricing, but I suspect that’s the negotiable “when it’s done” price, which is not out of the question, but will require some really stellar work to make reasonable. Metal work has been completed and the car is ready for paint.
I continue to be surprised by how many of these cars have survived. This looks like it is well on its way to being one of the nicer restored ones. I like the lights and bumper fitted look. Makes you feel like you’re on the down hill side of the project. Continue reading
Giulietta Sprint 750B 1493*06376. This car is available on eBay out of Oak Lawn Illinois. It is about as far apart as a Sprint can get and lacks an engine. Body has rust. Not terrible, but not trivial either. If this was in my neighborhood I’d be tempted by it -being a sucker for hard luck cases and all, and wanting a Series 1 750B quite a bit. A reader has 2 complete 1959 750B engines for sale in California at $5K each if you are considering this.
This has the little grill bar trims. Nose is pretty straight. Looks to have some corrosion in the lower edge.
Giulietta Sprint Veloce 750E 1493*02159, 1315*30114, *77*101*. This car is available now out of Germany. Price is available on request which means it’s expensive, and the seller knows what they are selling. This car is said to have been restored in the late 1980’s in Italy with Maurizio Tabucchi (yes, the same guy who co-authored the book I quote in almost every post) giving input on originality, and / or perhaps even owning it for some time.
It’s important to realize that this is not *just* a Veloce. It’s a Veloce when Veloce actually meant something really really (really) special – they were made to race, not give buyers a performance option they would seldom tap. SVA’s are generally regarded as somewhat homologous through their 600 – 610 unit production, but really the evolution that resulted in the SV Confortevole started after perhaps 200 cars being produced. Magnesium became aluminum etc. It would be interesting to see a scholarly work analyzing car to car changes, but at this point the cars are all largely restored to the capricious tastes of rich owners, and even in the cars youth, parts were swapped around feverishly in pursuit of Targa Florio mountain climb advantages etc. The parts book is thorough to a fault in a general way, but with the Veloce’s it just couldn’t capture the nuance of car to car production. Even a car like this which appears to be very original, likely hides some liberties taken for performance or expedience when it was restored.
Yes, I am saying I really like this car.
This color -typically called Francia (French) Blue, seems to be quite popular for the Sprint Veloce Alleggerita – especially the early ones for some reason. d’Amico and Tabucchi list available colors for these as: Alfa Red, Gardenia White, Iseo Blue and Black – not sure why Francia blue is not included. Headlight trims, grill eyebrows, bumpers and other assorted trim were in aluminum on these cars, as were the hood, doors and trunk. Overall weight savings from these and other changes was around 110 kg.