Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*00861, 1315*40850. This numbers matching Spider 750D, available now on eBay is from the end of the second year of production. In elegant white with red interior, it looks like a no nonsense well cared for example that is ready to be enjoyed. Buy it Now price of $77,500 is probably a tad more than most Alfa enthusiasts will want to pay for it, and I’d really like to see the engine compartment in body color at this price. Make an offer a few thousand less and get the engine compartment painted if it concerns you.
Whoever at Alfa in the early 50’s was making the decisions about design and styling did an exceptional job. All the Giulietta models walk a line between universal appeal and no compromises beauty in a way that no other model line from any maker I can think of has.
Update October 21, 2016: I feel like a bit of a secret agent when I go through posts on my site and find an old post about a car currently on the market. This Sprint Speciale is doing time at Fantasy Junction my local emporium of rarified cars whose prices remind me I should have studied Finance rather than Engineering. FJ has it priced at $139,500 – the going rate for SS’s on dealer showroom floors these days. Interior and engine compartment have been extensively improved. I’ll try and stop by in the next few days to experience the rare non-virtual impression.
Everyone loves a good horizon shot! Look the reflection of the horizon along the body – a neat effect. The left grill bar on this car looks a tiny bit droopy in every picture – not sure if it’s an illusion or what. Looks great!
Giulietta Sprint 10102 1493*22219, 1315*013171. This European market Giulietta Sprint was reportedly purchased from Joe Mora in 2013 by an Alfa enthusiast in Chicagoland area. As purchased, the car had original but weathered paint and being somewhat of a perfectionist, the new owner decided to see what was under it. As shown by work in progress pictures on the B&L website, this looks to be a truly rust free example.
Story goes it was originally sold to a (one hopes) very stylish woman in Venice, where it stayed until 1982 when it was shipped to the USA. The interior features new carpets and fresh vinyl. Headliner, dash, engine and rear end have never been apart. This is a fine example and rarely does one find such an unmolested car at any price.
Great paint and exceptional chrome. Very good symmetry between all the pieces. Interesting to see an original Italian front license plate frame.
Giulietta Sprint Veloce 750E 1495*01861, 1315*30052, 77052. This early Sprint Veloce is being auctioned at the same time as Spider 00016 at Duemila Ruote November 27 – 29 2016, in Italy. I bet some of you were expecting this write up today.
I have only had opportunity a few times to write about a project Alleggerita Sprint Veloce over the years – mostly because these have been expensive cars for a long time. These were $100,000 cars when you could get a good original Sprint Speciale for less than $20,000, and buy a decent house in Oakland for $350,000. Project in terms of a Sprint Veloce Alleggerita usually means raced half to death, rebuilt, raced half to death again, rebuilt again, over and over in what could be many cycles over many years. It’s not uncommon for original engines to have gone missing, replaced hopefully by a Veloce block with a “near neighbor” VIN. Also typically gone are the special lightweight seats and other bits that prove a challenge (satisfying challenge I imagine) to source.
When was the last time you saw a Sprint Veloce Alleggerita in this condition? Not you two guys – you have them in your garage – that’s not fair! The last and only one I recall is the burned out project in Southern California of a few years ago. Never heard whether it was a real one verified by numbers, or what happened to it. Anyone? This car looks pretty good! Once benefit of frequent racing is the heat cycles, care and track inspection requirements keep rust at bay. This thing will probably be in bare metal by Christmas.
Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*00016. This early Spider, the 3rd production car, will be auctioned by RM Sothebys at the Duemila Ruote sale November 25 – 27 2016 and represents an opportunity for someone to buy and restore something special. There will be lots of hand-made details to re-hand-make, and liberties will have to be taken in the interest of seeing it roadworthy in your lifetime, but there are other early examples out there to get information from, and skilled fabricators who can deal with whatever needs it has. Be sure to check out the full catalog for this auction – lots of Alfa to be had!
Looks like a good example that’s ready for final bodywork and paint. Rims appear to be correct rolled lip items. I wonder what the Alfa archive has to say about the original color? The other really early one I’ve captured in my markets was cream color. Celeste is common for early cars too.
October 19, 2016: Thanks all who have sent pictures, I still need a few of each to do proper posts for the cars.
October 16, 2016: I was looking at Goodings auction results from this last Monterey classic vehicle extravaganza. They have three fairly nice Giuliettas that sold for good money.
1958 Giulietta Spider Veloce 750F 04663 / 1315 31597 :: $148,500
1963 Giulia Sprint 1600 10112 354273 / 00112 04787 :: $77,000
1958 Giulietta Spider 750D 03368 / 1315 43164 :: $71,500
Does anyone here have pictures they’d be willing to share from the auction preview? Email me at sprints at giuliettas dot com. I don’t want to piss off Goodings using their pictures.
Sprint Speciale 10121*381294, 00121*01310. This clean example is on eBay right now out of South Africa. Starting price is $142,000, reserve not met. The car has been gone over and presents very well, but could be improved in minor ways. I think Alfa had a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) deal with South Africa where local labor was added to make a car ready for market in exchange for allowing Alfa to sell there. It’s unclear if this SS would have been part of that scheme. Versions of this happened in other countries – Mexico for sure. A book could be written about the tangled web of deals made between countries so cars could be sold.
A fine looking machine that anyone would be proud to own and happy to drive. Windshield wipers can look a little lost on these cars for some reason – not sure I could drive this car with the wipers where they are – but I’d certainly try!