Giulietta Sprint Veloce Alleggerita 750E 1493*04159, 1315*30598. RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning this charming fellow at Monterey this year. I can’t say much except wow. I wonder when a Giulietta like this will break free of the “the last one sold for X, so this one should sell for X + 10%” thinking and sell for an unexpectedly large sum because two really rich guys just want it, value be damned. Any of you want to mentor me in starting a business? Being a Technical Program Manager in Semiconductor Capitol Equipment is just not cutting it if I can’t make a play for this.
When I was in Italy I kept an eye on the sky just after sunset. I can’t help but think that the Bertone palette was all about the evening sky. I’d be afraid to drive a car this low in the back. I like.
Giulia Sprint Speciale 10121*38XXXX. This car is on eBay right now. It is among the worst maybe sort of still viable cars I’ve had the pleasure of writing about. I saw this car in person maybe 8 years ago in southern California. I have some pictures somewhere from then, but can’t seem to find them. It is very rusty, and very crunched. Come to think of it I sourced the hood for this car that you see on it and I a few other parts. Netflix or Amazon should sponsor a show rebuilding a car in this condition. Anyhow.
Incomplete, rusty and crunched. Any one of those three is a challenge. Any two should give one pause, and three should cause one to run a four minute mile in the opposite direction forthwith. At least it has its drivers side marker light.
Giulietta Sprint 10102 1493*22352. This car is available now on eBay from longtime classic car dealer Gullwing Motor Cars out of Astoria New York. It is a fine looking driver condition Sprint, with room for improvement – mainly little detailing jobs, especially in the engine compartment. The description says it has a Sprint Veloce engine installed but the picture of the engine compartment shows a single down draft carburetor, cast iron exhaust manifold and other normale spec items, so either the block is Veloce and the rest is not, the pictures are out of date, or they are confused. Asking price is $56,500. If it does have a Veloce engine installed, and includes the original as stated, this is probably a decent deal.
Good looking car. It looks like a recent European import to me based on the front marker lights and the overall appearance. Rims are Borrani – considered more desirable than Fergat rims.
The Borgo Di Carpiano is an Agriturismo inhabiting a restored castle/church/village in the hills between Gubbio, and Perugia. There was only one room open for one night while we would be in the area, and it was a bit of a drive from Gubbio, but we decided the drive was worth the experience – especially considering you typically have to book a year or more in advance to stay.
The buildings were impeccably restored over seven years from a ruin, and every detail is perfect. The owner Riccardo is a great car guy with a collection of Fiats. We talked cars as best we could, and I learned that the Borgo is a destination for lot of car enthusiasts from the US and UK. I am probably ruining my chances of being able to get another room, but then, you are probably going to go to Milan or Rome if you go to Italy, so we shall see.
Umbrian destinations all seem to be this evocative rough stone construction. You really feel like you’re somewhere else when you’re here. I love the ancient Italian door. I’ll be posting a big set of Italian door pictures when I get back.
We drove from San Sebastiano Curone to Gubbio yesterday – lot of driving, but worth the effort. Gubbio is a very old city in Umbria, it evokes a heavy sense of life and history I am not used to. A feeling of the small cycles, days, moons, seasons, lives, centuries, civilizations contained in many many many years, and what can be achieved by generations of hands altering the land. That clock still runs, sons and daughters take the places of mothers and fathers, over and over until whatever end if any there will ever be.
Not a lot of old cars on the streets of Italy, perhaps the message got around that they ought to be preserved indoors, out of the elements. What I have seen are well cared for drivers. I’ll post some here and… I am now, after years of probably stupid reluctance on Instagram. There is probably a link I can embed, but I haven’t figured it out. Search giuliettasdotcom and ask to follow!
Rufus thought this Citroen H van espresso bar was neat. Only really good coffee I got in Annecy. Not that the other cups were bad just nothing exceptional.
I am touched to see so many nice comments on recent posts! Life has gotten interesting (and very busy) for me – whether it’s gaining the perspective that comes from being a father, blowing through 45 and rapidly approaching 46, or wrestling with the whole “what do I want to do with my life” question, which seems like it ought to have been settled by now, and maybe is, but I don’t recognize it. In any case, the weird thing is, I can go to giuliettas dot com, and see that I did something once, something creative, something funny and meaningful to a few people, and then I realize, it is not over, I am just in the midst of a rather lengthy pause to catch my breath and think of something else to say.
My family in a tree in Costanoa Ca. Sometimes you get lucky and take a decent picture.
Giulietta Spider 10104 1495*09074. I look at this project car on eBay and it makes me realize I have changed. I used to see a project like this and it made me think “Wow, cool, it would be great fun to dig in and fix it up”, but now I see a bunch of disappointingly beyond repair pieces and chances to scrape my knuckles. Assuming the areas where the liners go into the block are not corroded, and that the inner rockers are “good enough” and that the seat pans are not all rusted to heck, and that the brake drums wont be destroyed by trying to get them off, and the gas tank is salvageable, and the steering wheel isn’t all bent and warped from trying to move this around the yard, and… you get the idea.
I may have changed in the direction of becoming more realistic about just how challenging a project like this is, but I still look at it and think it would be funny to get it running and driving and not do anything to the cosmetics. Actually, yeah, that would be fun for about 10 minutes. Continue reading