Giulietta Sprint 750 1493*08625, Engine 13156*32468. This car is in Canada and advertised for sale on Anamera. I had the pleasure of answering a bunch of questions about this car last year when it was for sale in Autoweek out of the South East (Georgia?) for I think it was $29,000. Well, the car has gotten around as these cars do and now it is as seen here. The $30,000 question is: Is it a Veloce?
Strike one, no ridge in the trunk for the oversize gastank breather that all Sprint Veloce’s have. A quick look under the car will confirm this and I bet it doesn’t have the Veloce E-brake set-up either. Other than that, an exemplary trunk! I’m surprised they didn’t spring for stock the prop and spring trunk lid holder.
Spider underhood lining is forgivable, since Sprint item is hard to get in the US. Veloce intake is in good shape and appears correct other than the manifold being incorrect, should be the tapered top-tube sort. Also should have headers rather than 2 piece cast exhaust manifold.
I’ll call this one strike even though it should really be two: the tach redline should be higher (?) and the red triangle doesn’t doesn’t look right (?), and there is a choke knob, which may or may not be correct at this point in Veloce production. Also the patina on the tach is different than the other two gauges, the ring is not as yellowed.
Here’s an original Tach in a Veloce of the same period that sold at Fantasy Junction a few years ago, that has the choke knob. I wonder when the choke blank off button went away?
In my non-expert and usually humble opinion, this is not a Veloce. I looked in d’Amico and Tabucchi who are very thorough in their listing of Veloce’s and this car is not included. I asked the seller to send me a picture of the underside Veloce features and the ‘E’ but got no response. I have correspondance from the seller from when it was in Autoweek if anyone is interested.
If the engine is really a 1315*3xxxx series Veloce engine that is well rebuilt with the right internals and this car functions as good as it looks I can see it going for $30K or more, but to spend Veloce money ($50K plus) on it, ship it home and find out it’s not would probably result in some legal headaches for both the buyer and seller.
Nice car that is hopefully being misrepresented out of a lack of knowledge rather than an attempt to dupe a prospective buyer.