SOLD! Ebay auction ended tonight, 5/8/08, for $9500! If all parts are present as the seller states this is not a bad deal, though I was thinking about $7000 was where this would end. I think proper representation with a thoroughly researched and presented parts inventory would have added at least $1000 to the final price. As with any eBay auction, we’ll have to see if the sale is final.
Sprint Veloce ‘Confortevole’ 1493E*06476, engine 1315*30853.
Wow is what the seller begins his ebay description with and I have to agree. The production total of the Confortevole (comfortable) variant of the Sprint Veloce (SVC) is 199, the first 50 having aluminum framed windows. An SVC seems to be an SV which falls between the SVAlleggerita (SVA) and the 101 body based SV which began production in early 1958 and upon which 101 mechanical components were gradually phased in until the 750 bits were all used up, sometime in 1960. Alfa factory documentation ends the run of SVC’s at car 06600, but recent pictures of 06611 indicate it is an SVC as well. There is a lot of speculation as to exactly what Confortevole means to the Giulietta Sprint line but I will go with Greig Smiths assertion from a discussion on the Alfa BB that a Bertone body starting with ’65’ and ending with an ‘*A’ is a Confortevole. Any other differences are circumstantial. One thing is certain, the frequently held misconception that a Confortevole is simply a Sprint with a back seat is false.
Seller has had the car 30 years and says it was in bad, non-running shape when they got it and despite being stored indoors all those years, which no doubt arrested the spread of the rust, a snow-laden barn did manage to collapse on it. It’s a shame they didn’t start on it sooner when the Veloce specific mechanical parts were cheaper.
The seller claims that all the parts are present to put this car together except the 40DCO3 weber carbs. If I were seriously considering this car I would ask for a complete list of parts I should expect to receive as well as pictures of the parts. I did this when I bought my SS kit and it gave me recourse when the car and parts arrived but pieces on the list were missing. This may sound uptight, but no part, no matter how small for these cars is less than $30 on the common market.
The seller mentions his initial idea was to make a Sprint Veloce Zagato replica out of this car. I like the idea, though I would opt to have it imitate one of the earlier ‘squished’ Sprint style SVZ’s rather than the common near-SZ shape, and it would HAVE to have a double bubble roof no matter what. I can’t imagine it would be less than $25,000 to do this so a straight forward patch panel/rust repair/dent removal go-over is probably the best plan. I have no idea how the market would value a modern SVZ recreation, probably along similar lines as SZ and TZ replicas.
Interior looks average for a car like this. You can barely see the choke delete button next to the ashtray. Floors don’t look as bad as they could. Transmission tunnel has not been modified to accept a later split-case unit. Nice bumper.
Frame rail rot is no fun. A 750 Sprint parts car might be a good way to go but even they are getting expensive and are usually rusty themselves. Looks like the rear trans mount and drive shaft are present and suspension appears untouched.
Small tail lights and lack of a seam where the trunk floor and body panels join, as seen on the 101 Sprints, make these 750 bodied cars more desireable to a lot of collectors. Tail lights are fairly common Lucas split oval type found on Nash Metropolitans among others.
I don’t know what to say about this car other than I hope it finds a home that puts it back on the road. Call me an optimist, but it being a fairly rare model, and good 101 Sprint Veloces changing hands these days for around $50K means that it is a challenging, though not cost prohibitive restoration candidate. If I were close and it were cheap I’d consider buying it to ‘borrow’ parts from and squirrel the rest away to restore or sell another day.