Market #61: SS 00001, ‘Squalo’ again.

Another thought for this car: I’ve been thinking about this car (what can I say, despite my tough talk below I think it’s awesome and wish I could buy it) and as recommended by Elmar, I think the thing that should happen is it should go to Arese to be part of Alfa’s permanent ‘Museo Storico’ collection. They have the prototype successor to the SS there and they have the model they made this SS after so why not add this car to the collection. Fiat has deep pockets and Italians are museum minded if my trips there are any indication. If the BAT cars are worth what they are worth (hey, if I had a spare 20 million I’d buy them in a heart beat) then this car has plenty of headroom, but I want some cold hard documentation before I call it the prototype. If this car is the SS prototype, it is more closely related to the BAT cars than any other car. I have seen in print that the SS is considered the production result of the BAT cars so it makes perfect sense. OK, back to worrying about the small end busings on my crappy 59 Sprint Normale…

Update: A reader informs me this car is known to Italians as SS ‘Squalo’ or shark for the shape of the grill opening.

Giulietta Sprint Speciale 10120*00001, Engine 00120*00003. This car has surfaced for sale again, the third time in a year or so since the ‘well-known collector and long-time owner’ parted with it. Each time about $100k has been added to the price but nothing has been done to rectify the cars short comings and so here it is looking for an owner who will appreciate it for what it is and what it isn’t. Oh, and the new owner will be required to fork over $275,000.

ss 0001 nose diagonalLooks phenomenal in this picture, but the flaws have been air-brushed out and apparently it is appropriate for deep space travel. Those alumimum headlight rings are too cool. I bet the mirrors take the coefficient of drag from .28 to .30.

ss nose quarterHere is a little more realistic picture promoting live-up-to-able expectations. Those tiny marker lights and front indicators are neat. I’d take the little Euro plate holder off, it looks a little haphazard for the money being asked.

ss1 tailAnother glossy photo of the car in deep space. The photos of this car from the motor shows it attended in the late 50’s show it with a ‘Giulietta Speciale’ script to the left of the real plate at an angle.

ss 1 tailComparing this photo to the one above I am made to wonder about the integrity of aspect ratio between different cameras in different situations. This picture here makes the car look taller and narrower than that above.

ss1 3 qtrActually looks like a toy in this picture. It bugs me that the rear hatch seems not to fit well. I love the edge treatment of the Kamm tail, without the weld seams of the later steel cars.

ss1 3 qutrAgain, car looks shorter in length and taller here than above.

ss1 interiorInterior is no-nonsense and looks somewhat original. Door panels look like a lot of 80’s restoration Sprints I’ve seen, gauges are yellowed but in the interest of originality I’d be tempted to leave them alone. This carpet is the color I am thinking of for my SS.

ss1 engineThe good? It runs. Intake manifold is the rare early 101 Veloce item, valve cover bolts are Veloce. Headers look correct. The incorrect: most of the early low-nose cars I’ve seen were called 750SS on the build plate and have 750 Veloce intake set-ups with 40DCO3’s, firewall mounted airbox, early aluminum plenum and complicated early intake manifold with tapered water pipe. I don’t know what’s up with the plastic reservior seen here, looks like a 70’s Spider item. Red valve cover… no, red ignition wires… no. Looks like someone just pulled parts from a spare parts shelf to make it run then when it did they closed the hood.

img_6927Mis-matched bolts holding the wiring grommet clamp, electrical tape in place of insulating sheathing and no ducting to the heater. I would think for a $100K mark up some of this would have been addressed. Look at the last three numbers in the VIN, this number was machine stamped at the factory with dies placed in a toleranced carrier to ensure they were perfectly aligned. In my OPINION the VIN looks a little ‘off’. I’d like to see the Bertone number for this car, if my SS is any indication it should be *87*003*.

Now that I got myself in trouble stating my opinions about this car I suppose I will backpedal a bit here. Don’t get me wrong, I started this blog to be honest and critical when it was necessary and I feel the circumstances of this car require a critical eye. Why? It’s a lot of money to ask for a car that is this rough around the edges. Just like the SVA in Market #59, this car has had just enough work done to negate a lot of the value of its originality and in light of that this it should have been work done with an aim to PROPERLY RESTORE it. For about $6000 this engine compartment could look fantastic and have all the right components. Virgilio Conrero didn’t personally apply that black electrical tape to the wiring harness coming out above the VIN so that crap should be out of there now. For less than $200 that valve cover could be stripped, refinished in wrinkle finish black or lightly polished. The proper reproduction ducting that runs from the hole below the VIN to the heater plenum in the fender is less than $100!

Here it is: This car is potentially a $275,000 car if it is restored and all the claimed history can be corroborated. It could probably be properly restored for $40,000 assuming the body has no deep issues. There are maybe a handful of people out there who would lay out big cash for this car in restored form rather than an SZ or SVZ, which this price is getting in the range of. Look for this car to be looking for a caring owner for a while.

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4 thoughts on “Market #61: SS 00001, ‘Squalo’ again.

  1. Well I have just re-read my documentation about Giuliettas SS. I think such an early number on a sprint speciale should raise serious concerns in the potential buyer.
    According to what I read the lightweight ss were not – as often – quoted 20 built, but more close to 5-7. According to alfa registry I think there are no #1, 2 and 3. What is also puzzling is that the original prototype had a different roof line – flatter in fact. What I see is an original sprint speciale low nose with a “normal” roof line.
    Here are maybe the reason why that this ss will not join Arese Museum.
    Ascari/France
    PS/ Congratulation for ur site.

    • I have number 00002 in my register, though it was sold before I started this effort and I don’t have a picture of the VIN. Regarding 00001, when it was sold out of the Wang collection for ~$80K (I knew a guy who was interested at that price, history or no) it was sort of understood that things were not right with it and it’s history, hence the low asking. To me the best plausible is that it was built from low-nose era parts held onto by Bertone and finished late in the SS production run and give the unused number 00001 after the fact. If this was the case it would have been documented at Bertone or Alfa wouldn’t it? Also, if truly 00001 wouldn’t it be stamped 750SS as a lot of the low-noses are? I wonder what the Bertone number is…

      Everything about this car is a questions so I absolutely agree, ‘buyer beware’ or maybe better ‘buyer be aware‘.

  2. Finding another source – extract from alfa archive and republished in the book Giulietta – 001 existed and was sold in italy. According to the registry it came out with #003 120 engine. Although it’s not mentionned as being allegerita, that is to say as being built completely in light metal.

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