Market #26: 1 seller & 2 Bertone Sprints: a 750B and 2600

These two cars have been available for at least two years and attempts to sell them via eBay, Craigslist, Fantasy Junction and elsewhere have been made. They are owned by a long time Alfa collector in southern California and when they were first put up for sale they were part of a seeming collection thinning which included an amazing Giulia Promiscua, a Romeo Ambulance, a custom Giulia Super 2 door coupe and a Giulia Super pick-up truck with an early 70’s Toyota Hi-lux bed. I seem to remember a website that had all these cars on it a few years back, but haven’t been able to find it.

The Giulietta Sprint is a 1955 model which makes it one of a very few survivors from that year. Bring a Trailer has tracked this Giulietta 750B Sprint here for a while and their thoughts on the car are much the same as my own -they also have better pictures from the eBay auction. It seems like it should be a reasonably good deal, it should have been sold by now but it hasn’t. A friend of mine checked it out a few months ago and reported that it was nice, but he couldn’t get excited about it.

Ad on Craigslist reads: “Restored, dual Webers, 2000 Alfa engine and running gear, new paint, interior, chrome etc., small headlight 750B normale car, no rust, straight and solid body.”

My usual complaints about Craigslist photo quality apply here. Car looks straight enough. Small headlights and simple early grills look very nice. Imagine that… it’s red.

Tail lights appear to be sun-faded. All the trim is present, which is always a plus.

Steering wheel is Nardi-esque, but looks a little heavy in my opinion, with too thick spokes clashing with the delicate nature of a Giulietta Sprint. Gauges are quite yellowed. Despite short comings, the over-all impression is not all bad and with a little work and some money spent the interior would be nice.

Seat and door panel upholstery is very similar to that found on the subject of Market #10. Clean and usable but not original.

I think the problem with this car is that the only guys (and there aren’t very many) who will spend big money on an early Sprint want the whole package, not a 2 liter engine/5 speed conversion car unless they do it themselves and have the original drive-train in reserve ready to go back in. Perhaps another problem is timing, whenever this car has been aggressively available there have been other, somewhat better deal Sprints for a little less money. I was considering this car when I bought my first Sprint (a 59) a few years ago, which for about a third the asking price of this car. It came with a 1750/disk brake/5-speed conversion completed, nicely redone interior, a no lapse black plate registration history and all the original parts. That was of course then, this is now. In a few years this car will probably seem a deal.

The 2600 Sprint is obviously the work Giugiaro from his days at Bertone. Put it next to his Iso Rivolta 300GT, Maserati Mexico or Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT and you see the characteristic shapes that were running through his mind at the time. The 2600 Sprint is actually a pretty good car to drive. I commuted in one for a few months the fall and winter of 2006. Mine wasn’t cosmetically very good but it only had 17,000 KM’s on the clock when I got it and everything worked and it drove very nicely.

Ad on Craigslist reads: “$25,000. New paint and chrome, solid rust free body, all stock, very good engine, new tires, good interior, email me for more details.” I have seen this car several times in person while it was at Fantasy Junction. It is a stunningly original car that came out of Italy in the not too distant past with low miles and amazing patina. The main problem with this car is the 2600 Sprint market in general. Perfect restored 2600’s only seem to be able to make about $30,000 at auction and prices have been flat for years, probably due to a somewhat high survival rate from the 7000-odd cars built.

Straight, clean and in a good color. Is that a Fulvia beside it?

2600 Sprint hub-caps are hard to find. Some of the rubber bits around the wing windows and door openings were not available when I had mine.

Rear Kamm-tail is similar to the SS as are the swoosh lines around the rear wheel openings, though the SS has them up front. There is the Super Coupe in front of it. 2600 tool kits are comprehensive, come in a nice wood box and very expensive, probably due to demand from 2600 Spider restorers.

Seats are leather in most cars I’ve seen as is dash top, door panels etc. Interior is spacious in these cars and would be tremendously expensive to restore correctly. Gauges are similar to, if not the same as late Giulietta Sprints and the SS.

The 2600 Sprint is a very nice high speed cruiser that can be made fast by converting to Webers. I liked driving mine but it was a little heavy feeling for my taste and irritations like tire size limitations and fuel economy made me decide to part with it when a good opportunity presented itself. I’d buy another without hesitation if the right deal came along, but I’m not going to go looking any time soon.

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  1. Pingback: Market #48: 2L 57 Sprint revisited « giulietta sprints

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