Market #73: Best color combo Spider Veloce

Update: Bidding ended at $24,100.  Solid money for this car in a depressed market.  Hopefully some of its originality can be maintained.

Giulietta Spider Veloce 750F 1495*04644, engine 1315*31682. This car is available on eBay right now. d’Amico and Tabucchi list this car as a 1958 model.  These don’t come up often in this nearly-a-runner barn find condition. They are usually very challenging projects or restored. The rare intake components are listed as included but there are no pictures so one would want to see their condition before diving in too deep.

bc86_3Another car that makes me wonder ‘who would let this happen to a car like this?’ This is actually pretty early for a Spider Veloce and arguably the best color combo. I would guess rust on the hood is the result of a tarp trapping moisture against it.

be10_3Looks usable as is in this picture. The hard to get chrome strip is under the door. Door fit is better than usual for a Spider of this vintage. It even sits well, not too high in the front or back.

c2da_3More unsightly corrosion back here. Bumpers can be easily fixed. I would just remove them and call it a Veloce light-weight. Tail lamps are Lucas units used on lots of cars including the ever dorky Nash Metropolitan.

c5f5_3This side looks as good as the other side. even the antennae is at a good angle. I’m starting to come around to Spiders and may have to have one, exactly like this please.

cf63_3You can assume the vinyl is crackly. Interior actually looks really good. I would have straightened out that mirror for this picture. Even the steering wheel looks good.

The auction description, (am I the only one who’s reading voice in their head yells when they see all cap’s on a computer?): “GOOD USED ORIGINAL 1957 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER VELOCE, CORRECT ORIGINAL FACTORY COLOR, LIGHT GRAY OR GRIGIO TOPO, WITH RED LEATHER INTERIOR, THIS IS CAR IS AN UNMOLESTED EXAMPLE, THAT REQUIRES A COMPLETE RESTORATION BUT IT IS VERY STRAIGHT, WITH ALL OF THE VELOCE SPECS STUFF ON IT, FROM THE TACH AND SPEEDO TO THEC ORRECT WEBER DCO3 CARBS THAT I HAVE (NOT IN PICS) THAT GO WITH THE CAR WITH THE CORRECT ALUMINUM PLENUM+ AIRBOX….THIS CAR HAS A VERY SOLID BODY, MINIMAL RUST SHOWING MOSTLY IN THE TRUNK AREA THAT CAN BE EASILY ADDRESSED AND THE PANELS ARE AVAILABLE FROM WOLF STEEL AND SEVERAL OTHER SOURCES, ENGINE TURNS OVER AND IT IS THE CORRECT VELOCE ENGINE FOR THE CAR, ALL OF THE CHROME IS ACCOUNTED FOR BUT IT WILL NEED SOME WORK, CAR IS 100% COMPLETE, AND AN EXCELLENT AND RARE PROJECT TO RESTORE, PLS TAKE A LOOK AT THE MANY PICTURES, SELLER WILL ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS, BUYER RESPONSIBLE TO SETTLE AUCTION WITHIN 5 DAYS FROM ITS CLOSE, AHIPPING AVAILABLE TO ANY POINT OF THE PLANET AT BUYER’S EXPENSE, MANY MORE GIULIA AND GIULIETTA PARTS FEEL FREE TO INQUIRE WITH NEEDS, THANKS FOR LOOKING AND GOOD LUCK BIDDING!!”

d5b1_3Marelli starter, distributor and voltage regulator are visible here, not as trouble-free as the Bosch units but necessary for the Veloce spec. Engine and valve cover look correct, everything looks about where you would expect it. Note refinished radiator.

d0d9_3This is one of the places you look for rust in a Giulietta Spider, the others are in the trunk under the battery and around the jacking points. The color of the interior is really good with the gray.

As of publication this car is $24,000. I don’t follow these cars as closely as I should but I would guess they are comparable to Sprint Veloce’s in value and as such I would call this a $25 – $30,000 car. I’ve read some articles and seem some evidence of slowing in the classic car market as people take stock of their situation and what the current financial mess means for them, which will probably mean this car will not reach the high end of its range, but it is as blue chip as you can get in the Alfa world so don’t look for too much of a discount.

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