I can take a hint guys! A few of you pointed me in the direction of Arcurial’s ‘Automobiles sur les Champs 4′ auction taking place in a few days where four Giuliettas will be sold. Check it out!
Giulietta Sprint 750B 1493*03793, 1315*03496. Nice early Sprint Normale expected to make 24,000 – 30,000 Euro’s. Probably the good deal of the four they are offering.
A lot of effort went into this car to make it look good. Correct 155 series tires, great fit and finish all around. Small headlamps are a big selling point for some collectors.
I get a lot of email from guys who just bought cars asking me if I’ve seen them before. Usually the answer is no, not because I haven’t seen the car, but because I’ve seen so many over the last few years that I’m just not sure. This is a Sprint Veloce, used as a race car in the past then moving to Europe in about 1990. Anyone recognize it? Owner would love to hear from you. Send me an email to get in contact with them.
From the archives:
According to our documentation files, the chassis number AR 1493 E 06923 originally corresponds to an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce, manufactured on the 8th August 1958 and sold on the 16th September 1958 to Hoffman Motor Car Co., New York, U.S.A.
The body colour is “azzurro Riviera” (AR 322).
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Without those numbers this could be my car! Hood looks to be flat black. Late 60′s 105 wheels. Another car headed for restored glory I hope!
Update 8/23/12: $310,000 hammer has members of the exclusive club known as ‘early lightweight Sprint Veloce owners’ all calling their insurance agent to up the agreed value, and then thinking about whether or not they really need that jewel in their jewelry box at that price.
8/11/12: Giulietta Sprint 750 E 1493*02239, 1315*30135, Bertone body number 77117. This car will be auctioned by Russo and Steele next weekend with an expected hammer around $200,000. With a high expected price comes high praise and/or high scrutiny. d’Amico and Tabucchi list this chassis number as a 1956 Sprint Veloce 750E, good enough for me! It has been magnificently restored to a semblance of ‘last raced’ specification, with lightweight seats, a lack of bumpers and other details deviating from stock. It is doubtful it wore the Borrani wire wheels shown since -not only have I never seen a period picture of a Giulietta racer with wire wheels, they were very likely heavier than the usual Fergat or Borrani wheels due to the required extra splined hub adapter.
A lot of the ‘lightweight’ treatment was replacement of chrome-over brass parts with aluminum. Body fits together with the typical Bertone precision. Would be nice to see it wear it’s original, most likely lost 50 years ago aluminum bumpers. I have read they are available -I know ClassicAlfa and Alfastop list a few of the aluminum parts, not sure if they have bumpers.
Giulietta Sprint Veloce ‘Alleggerita’ 750 E 1493*03819, 1315*30348. This 1957 Sprint Veloce is available now out of Italy. It is a good comparison with yesterdays lightweight Veloce, especially in the interior -would be a great comparison if I knew how much they were asking. They made about 600 lightweights if my vin/body number math is sound. Not horrifically rare as far as rare Italian cars goes, but these being very potent machines in their hey-day, frequently vanquishing their own class and placing very high outright in races against competitors with 2 or 3 times the displacement, and being constructed from lots of impossible to find special parts, they have all the cache one could want in a 50 year old Italian car. Oh -and they are beautiful and easy to drive -even among modern traffic.
Hood fits very well. I like the extra lights -looks like 1 fog and 1 spot. Marchal’s? Bumper, eyebrow trims and headlights all look like aluminum to me. Nice car.
I don’t know why, but I’ve always looked at the heater as something I didn’t want to mess with -probably because it’s under the dash, full of coolant and as such slightly difficult to deal with. The car I’m working on was stripped most of the way -one of the few non-essentials to being rolled around still on the car? Yep, the heater, which says I’m not the only one who felt this way about it. Well, you can’t have a shabby heater in a nicely fixed up car, so I pulled it out and faced my fear like some kid with arachnophobia being forced to hold a spider.
The official version. Item 26 is a single item here, while on my bench it’s a metal tube that acts as a bridge between the rubber elbow and paper hoses and the rubber elbow -2 separate parts. I think an updated version should be made of this with sub parts for all the missing parts like the two halves of the heater, the flapper door, the 6 round (or is it binding??) head screws etc.
Update 6/23/12: Sold for $7100.
Original post 5/23/12: 12 hours later: I just added a bunch of information at the end. Read it again if you found the first draft interesting.
I see a lot of talk about Veloce engines on the AlfaBB and the 750/101 Yahoo group. Some crusty pile that has a Veloce serial number is pulled out of a bog and the seller carpet bombs the lists looking for a Veloce engine as close to original number as possible. Old time hoarders are rewarded for moth balling these gems, but what will the future look like? I bring it up because there is a late 750 Veloce engine on eBay right now, number 1315*31525, that looks great and is receiving a lot of attention. Look at the picture and add it up. How much is enough to get it all at once?
Okay, so maybe it is a moth balled 40 years original low miles engine. Could be a bitsa, but who really cares? You’ve got a 58 Sprint/Spider Veloce that needs an engine: here it is. Nice headers!
Update 3/13/12: Henrik from Sweden has found out the vin number. Turns out it is one of the very last Sprint Veloce’s -the last car is 350961.
Giulietta Sprint Veloce 10106 350633. Henrik and Frank both sent me a link to this car today, listed on a Swedish site with lots of cars for sale -mostly new. Text of the ad reads “Unique Alfa Romeo-62 in very good renovation condition. Super interior. Complete car with engine and gearbox. One of the few Veloce in Sweden. The car has been standing since -77.” Price is 85,000 which would be about 13 000 USD. Seller lists it as a 1962 750E, so either they are wrong about the year or model -looking at the pictures, I suspect it’s a late 10106.
One wonders if the paint was removed in 1977 or soon there after. Body is decent and straight. Sweden looks to have been a ‘side marker light’ country.
Update (later the same day): I received some less than encouraging pictures of the underside of the car from someone who knew it -it’s got some structural rust that will be difficult to fix. Check it out.
This is thick, difficult to replace metal. Will be fun for who ever gets to repair it -even more so for the check writer!
It looks like some repairs were made in this area once upon a time.
That is some thick scale rust coming off the trailing arm. You just take it one patch at a time.
This is typically seen on Spiders.
The rust is not the end of the world -its still a viable project and will result in a valuable car if brought to completion, but do you really want to go through all that rather than buy one that’s done?
Giulietta Sprint Veloce 750E 1493*08765, 1315*32267. Alex texted me that this car is available now on eBay out of Florida from a seller who has listed several Alfa projects over the last few months -this is definitely their best offering to date. Judging from the pictures it is very complete -though I did see a 105 1600 air filter canister in one picture I think, so inventory carefully before you buy. They just keep coming.
Car looks pretty good. I don’t think US destined cars were supposed to have side markers, but demand was high and I’m sure cars were rerouted to the US from other intended destinations. I would drive this as is after a light clean up.
Update 5/30/12: Sold for 414,400 Euro’s, about $546,000!
2/13/12: Giulietta Sprint Veloce ‘Zagato’ 750E 1493*06184, 1315*30851. This very interesting SVZ is going to be auctioned by RM in Monaco soon. While most cars I write about are straight forward subjects, and anything I say should be taken as insightful mainly due to heavy exposure to the subject if nothing else, and as being typically off the cuff. A car like this demands careful consideration and wording. Why? The genuine article -a Zagato re-bodied Sprint Veloce, that was re-bodied ‘back in the day’ i.e. the late 1950′s, is a very valuable car. See this thread on the AlfaBB for some lengthy but enjoyable reading on the subject. Interestingly, this car is listed as MIA since 1960. It’s important to note that there was no search party out looking for it -it just stayed under the radar since then. So, with a spirit of caution, I start, and will reserve my comments to ‘ooh’s and ahh’s’ once more.
That is one desire-able object! Note squared off wheel openings. Hood is a low as they could practically make it and still fit the engine. Color scheme is bold -red headlining is fantastic. Any significance to that license plate number? Wheels look to be period cast wheels -magnesium? This is pretty close to the top of the Giulietta food-chain.
Giulietta Sprint 750E 1493*04239, 1315*30449. This car is listed on Antea Cars out of Japan. I haven’t had the opportunity to write about very many lightweights, but they all seem to be this color so far. Car is in great shape -only really lacking in the originality dept, and only minorly, but nothing a few bucks wouldn’t cure. It is described as having been restored in Japan, which is probably a good thing. Enthusiastic, detail oriented folks if the few genuine articles I’ve met were a representative sample. I wonder if this car did anything race-wise back in the day…Did these have little market lights? I like this color, but is it lighter in pictures than in person? In the Coup Des Alps footage it’s a little darker looking Body is in very nice shape.
Update 1/15/12: This car has been loosely assembled, had new pictures taken and relisted on eBay. Seller says to call them (Daniel, 203 778 2601), that they expect to have a strong offer for it and sell it before auctions end. I hope it finished at auction so we get a sense of what a car like this is really worth.
Looks like a car now. I know it needs as much work as one all apart to restore this, but I would make it run and drive with the minimum effort first, enjoy it on the road for a few years then do a gradual nut and bolt. Too bad I don’t have a billionaire benefactor in my readership. A wonderful book about the restoration of it could be produced.
I am assuming this is all just finger tightly assembled, but at least you can see it’s all there. -except the hood latch. Would the hood have been stamped with the body number?
Laurence’s SVC has this color scheme interior, in original condition. This would look amazing if just carefully put together with what you see. Horn ring is busted.
Giulietta Sprint Veloce 10106*157435. This car is listed on Anamera as available now out of Italy. It’s a rough and ready racer with a spartan, uninspiring interior and lots of modifications. Asking price is 32,500 Euro’s or $41,500 at the time of writing (as the Euro depreciates against the dollar).
I’m not much into yellow, but it works on Sprints. Body looks pretty straight -no glaring problems. Hood fits well and the grills all look nice. Lots of trim is missing, but that’s just dead weight -right? Wheels look as though they may be original Cromodora’s.