Market #86: Crashed nice Spider

Giulia Spider 1600 101.23 AR373862.  This car was on eBay ended at $15,776 with 20 bidders on 12/20/08.  I imagine (or at least hope) it’s under the knife right now.  I think this was a decent deal considering everyting is sorted except the accident damage.  Values seen to have come down a little since then so I expect this would make maybe $13,000 now.

6db9_3It’s like two-face from what was it Batman?  Looks like it was a nice car.

7179_3Ouch!

790c_3From this angle it looks like a nice clean Giulia Spider, even the back window is clear.

From the auction text: “THE LONG VERSION: (Skip down the page for the details) It was a beautiful sunny August afternoon in 2001, the kind of day you live for if you drive a vintage sportscar. I’d just left a car show in Bellevue, Washington (very proud of my little Giulia) and was speeding down the freeway in heavy traffic at about 70mph taking in that wonderful little growl that Alfas put out at about 3200 RPM. To my left was a huge, lumbering motor home, to my right was a big black pickup truck. (I guess that everything is big or huge from the Alfa’s seat.) All was well with the world…… until the motor home missed my tiny presence under his rearview mirror and changed lanes. That act left me two choices. First, be squished like a bug by that spinning Goodyear (the top of which I was looking up at) or go right and take my chances with the pickup. Choosing the pickup turned out to present it’s own set of problems. I ended up hitting his left rear tire with my right front fender. Not much damage done so far but that little tap (along with locking up my brakes) put me into a 180 degree spin. Again, not so bad. Except, that is, for the three lanes of assorted sized vehicles coming straight at me as I drifted from lane to lane all the while getting a great view of all that was about to happen as I sped along backwards. The little Honda missed me as did the little VW. The big Chevy SUV didn’t. In the end we had a head-on collision at about 45 MPH (my 45mph backwards, his 65 mph forward.) One of the only good things to come of it was that I did have a chance to relive my whole life as it passed before my eyes.

The Alfa came home on a hook. When I stopped shaking, I bought a new radiator, installed it and got the car running again. I had every intention of restoring it to it’s former glory but unfortunately – for the Alfa – I ran across this nice E-type Jaguar roadster and the insurance money just sort of disappeared. The years have passed and the Alfa has been collecting dust in the garage. Sometime recently it dawned on me that I’m never going to have the energy and resources to put the car back on the road and this is where you come in! With nice Giulias trading in $20,000 to $30,000 these days, this car has the potential of being a project with financial rewards.

THE DETAILS:

I bought the car in Berkley, California in the fall of 1994. A friend, Stan, and I flew down, picked up the car and spent two days driving up the coast highway with our hair on fire and the biggest grins plastered to our faces. We’ve done many road trips together but this was the cream. Only one speeding ticket

I had chosen this particular Giulia because it was an original California car and was virtually rust free. The body and paint were absolutely beautiful. The interior was very nice. (I would say the paint on the dashboard, while nice, isn’t up the to quality of the exterior paint) The whole underside of the car and the engine compartment were practically spotless. The trunk was very nice. The top was there and while it is fine, it is not as nice as the rest of the car with a few small splits and a somewhat fogged rear window. (It was on my list of “things to do”.) I always thought that the exhaust tip was ugly and had plans to do something about it too. Again….. never happened. The jack and tire iron are was (and still are) the trunk and the spare tire was and is behind the seats. There wasn’t a heater installed when I bought the car so I found one locally and while it hasn’t been installed yet, it goes with the car.

The car started it’s life in Italy as a 1600cc normale but some where in it’s life it picked up a 1750cc with dual Webers. The extra horsepower absolutely makes the car. It’s original California license plate was “62SCRMR” and that told the whole story. (yes, ‘62 but the title says ’63.) It has a 5 speed gearbox and was more fun to drive than just about anything I’ve been behind the wheel of.

At this point the car hasn’t been started since it was run after the accident (though it ran just fine back then.) I did pour oil into the cylinders for protection. There has been a little deterioration from sitting and the chrome on the remaining bumpers has lost it’s luster and while it might polish out ok, it might need to be redone. I removed the battery back in 2001 to head off any possible damage from freezing so the car will need a battery.

The accident damage is as follows: It might be possible for a good bodyman to straighten the right nose section, but it might need to be replaced (sheet metal is available from both Wolfe and Re-originals) , the radiator support will need straightening, the right front fender will need to be straightened or replaced. The hood has minor damage on it’s leading edge and there is a slight bernd to the left front fender over the wheel well. The grill and right side “eyebrow” are needed as well as the right bumper and left and right bumper over-riders, right headlight and turn signal assembly. It also needs a windshield.”

 

9188_3Not sure if this zealous undercoating is hiding anything, but the mechanical bits look good.  I see a Koni peeking out.

7ce8_3Interior looks sweet, it’s a 62 so it may or may not have the correct gauges.

8aee_3The 1750 in here is said to be well sorted.  I can attest that a well sorted 1750 in one of the early cars is a lot of fun.

I’m sure this car will rise again and look forward to seeing it.

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