Update 8/23/12: Sold for $72,450 including premium.
Update later the same morning:
I got this picture taken at Road Atlanta circa 1983 from Michael McClure, then owner of the brown Giulietta racer and wearing the gold race suit talking to Martin Krilanovich (in green sleeves). The red car is Sophia with Phil Mason in white racing suit leaning over it talking to his crew chief Jerry. Time flies.
Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*03083, 1315*41849. The late Al Leake Jr. raced Sophia to much success on the west coast. I can remember seeing them many times at Sear’s Point and Laguna Seca -always out front or nearly so -even against cars that on paper ought to have gotten around the track faster -even if driven by lesser drivers. I don’t remember where I heard/read it, but I seem to recall that Sophia is one of the winning-est race cars in history. Lineage includes prior ownership by Phil Mason and connection to H. B. Luginbuhl, who some say had a lot to do with development early on. Anyway, Sophia is being auctioned by Bonhams this coming Monterey weekend. Estimate is $65,000 – $85,000. It’s too bad the seller chickened out and omitted the rubber chicken that used to be seen dangling from the trunk -oh well, maybe that rubber chicken is a stuffed trophy over someones mantle now next to a 12 point buck or buffalo head.
Tasteful for a dedicated race car. Development started in the mid-70′s and by the late 80′s Sophia was a potent machine. Fiberglass grill and trim?
Update 4/27/12: No sale at $47,000. Would you have sold?
Giulia Sprint Speciale 10121*381122. Marty hipped me to this car on eBay out of Germany right now that’s currently sitting at a comical $6100. Body is in good shape if the shiny paint doesn’t hide any problems. It has been gutted and set up for weekend racing and as such has a lot of shortcomings as a contender on today’s SS market. Engine is not correct, nor are seats and some other stuff. Wouldn’t be a shame to do with this as you will since it’s already altered quite a bit. Wasn’t someone looking for a good SS to turn into a race car??
I wonder what the story is? I am thinking this car is from when an SS was a $18,000 car and it was a parts donor for another better one. Body looks really good. Seller claims no rust -lets hope so. Germany has VERY strict rules about how fit cars are to be on the road, so if it’s road registered it’s probably pretty good.
Update later the same day: Sold for $19,800. A bargain?
Spider 750D 1495*02031. This car is on eBay right now out of Denver Colorado. Racing set up is as purposeful as they come, with lots of refinements that probably make it highly competitive. These cars tend to be a bargain to buy compared to the expense of the development represented in the final product. I’d have to tone it back a bit so it could be used on the street too.
Between the sun and the saturation of the red, the lines of the car are almost lost. Widened steels look very tough. I like the cut down windshield -reminds me of Conrad’s Spider Veloce.
Track day report from Giulietta Sprint owner Marc in Mass, photo’s were taken by Jim Dyer, captions are mine: ” The 2011 Fall Finale vintage race the last racing event organized by the VSCCA and was held at Lime Rock Track October 14 and 15. The weather cooperated and the participants were graced by sunshine and an almost dry track as rain was only sporadic. A strong number of Alfisti showed up and so the organizers were able to add an extra 15 lap session on the Friday for Alfas only! 8 Spiders (2 Veloces) ranging from 1956 to 1959, 2 Sprints (1 gorgeous red Veloce in period livery) and a delightful 1960 Sprint Zagato piloted by Sandra McNeil. Added to the mix was a 1976 Berlina and a 1966 Lancia Fulvia both driven by Italian ex-pats. Several of the lighter Spiders battled up front while other cars were happy to get a real Italian tune-up. The spectators were treated to some spirited drifting around Big Ben and through the S’s. In the end each driver was a winner as all cars survived both days. Amazing to see a wonderful group of 50 some year old cars fly around this lovely race track framed by the surrounded fall colored hills.”
We all know what this must sound like -a 12 cylinder air plane or 4 Alfa race cars approaching!
Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*04899. I get the occasional email asking to feature a car and I’m always torn. I’m doing a favor while doing what some might regard as business and then expected to be objective. Some have been difficult, but this one, being a purpose built racer, is easy -especially easy since it was restored/racer built in the mid-1980′s. From what can be seen in the photos the fit and finish is excellent. Hopefully the racing groups it was built for haven’t changed their tune.
I’m thinking those are widened steel wheels. A good way to go as they tend to be lighter than alloys -especially what was available in the 80′s. Paint still looks excellent. Many a Spider racer has been number 57 methinks. Stance is tough looking without being too low. Suspension would have to be very stiff to avoid tire rubs.
Giulietta Spider 10103*171108. This car is on eBay right now out of Florida. Car would originally have had an 00102 series 1300 engine but auction includes a 00121 1600 Sprint Speciale/Spider Veloce engine and an unnumbered 1600 replacement block. Price is $23,500 to start and seller expects local pick up only -good luck with that.
Car looks pretty cool. Door and hood fit is excellent. I wonder what provenance this has as a racer.
Giulietta Spider Veloce 10107*170380. This car is on eBay right now and has been featured on Bringatrailer. Eduardo (seller) sent me a bunch of pictures you can see if you follow the vin link. Engine is a later 2 liter and a lot of modifications have been done that make it ineligible for most vintage race series, but with a few creature comforts added this would make a great event car. Email me of you can’t extract the sellers info from the above links.
Looks like it should for a rally/race car. Hood is a later Giulia 1600 item, no doubt used to help clear the 2 liter. The silver lines seen through the grills are the edges of a big radiator.
Update 1/8/11: This car is available again -this time it looks like it’s in Germany. The asking price is 41,900 Euro’s or a little over $54,000. The SS’s keep coming!
Makes me wonder if it really is in Germany…
Originally posted 5/13/2008: Giulia Sprint Speciale 10121-380352. Available through Alfaholics for 39,000 Euros, about $60,000 at time of writing. Entire text of the advertisement reads: “Body # 380352. LHD. Body excellent. Engine tuned at 150 BHP. Roll bar. Racing tuned. 2008 FIA papers. Ready for season 2008. This car has done Tour Auto many times. Price: € 39 000. Car is in Paris.” I assume an inquiry would receive a in depth account of the car. Details of the car reveal a decent car was used as a starting point to make a pretty serious FIA racer. I like the lightweight plexiglass windows and lack of trim and if it was a track only car I could live with the interior, but for street use I’d like a little more of a period look on the inside.
Always a nice profile. Wheels are later Sedan or GT items, the cheap way to put more tire under one of these without major body or suspension rework.
Update 10/26/10: This charmer has found its way to the UK and can now be had for the same money it was before.
Most of the stickers have gone -two tone is still a little odd but works for a race prepped car.
Original post 4/8/2009: Giulietta Sprint 10102*160784. This racy fellow is available now on Classic Driver for 21,950 pounds (about $32,000 at time of writing) from a private seller in Italy. If you are looking for a Sprint that’s not too dear to take racing this might be the right car for you. I’ve been thinking about going racing in my local vintage racing scene and this is the sort of car I would build.
Paintwork looks great as does all the trim. I’d be tempted to remove some of the grills. I like the color combination.
Update 7/26/10: 2 bids, $33,000 selling price. Not bad.
Giulietta Spider 10104 1495*09366. This Spider racer is for sale on eBay right now out of Putnam Valley, New York. Seller states it has a VSCCA log book, runs great and is ready for action. Price is a little higher than I would think but it is rust free and race engines are expensive to build well, so maybe the $35K option will be exercised.
Red on green is always a good look. This car is very low. I like the grill bars only look.
Update, later the same day: Will, GTV and Giulietta Sprint owner was there and took a LOT of pictures… he even took some of my Sprint!
In recognition of Alfa’s centenary, CSRG hosted 3 days of racing at Sears Point with several Alfa only races/groups, lunch time parade laps for Alfa’s and a corral in the paddock for all the spectator Alfa’s to park in. I can’t make Italy this year for the ‘official’ centenary in June, so this weekend was my chance to hang out with some fellow Alfa owners and think about what 100 years means.
Not your average vintage Alfa. This 33 was long, low and amazing looking. Too valuable to take on the track? Tell that to the guy in the Aston DB4 GT Zagato who was mixing it up with the GTV’s and Corvettes.
Giulietta TI 10129*237039. This car has been around for sale for about a year and coincidentally (I didn’t start this as a market, but I guess it is) was just relisted on Anamera for 13,000 Euro or about $17,600 at time of writing. Fit and finish is just right for a street/track car and it looks to be street registered.
The Giulietta TI was born when a Sprint normale engine was fitted to a Giulietta Berlina and some details changed -the addition of a tach for example. At the 1957 Coup Des Alpes a team of 3 TI’s ran and did very well. I like the bumper delete and single leather hood latch.