Update: 6/3/09. 20 bids, $11,311 the high bid with reserve not met. I am willing to bet this is less than the current owner paid for the car, pity since it sounds like it is in perfectly usable shape. If it were me I’d go down to the local auto paint shop, get rid of the yellow and buy some grills for it. I doubt there is one bidder who is not subtracting at least $1500 from their max based on doing these things. Other than that maybe add all the badges and get some Sprint seats.
Update: 5/28/09. 21533 is back on eBay after having found an owner to attend to its needs making it roadworthy, as presentable as possible, and who could write an auction description that actually tells something about the car.
Auction text: “This is a beautiful example of a 1300 Sprint and in excellent condition. The car runs very well with all mechanicals either re done or replaced in California in the early 1990s, with some additional work done in Chicago. It was then stored for 12-14 years on the second floor of a garage in Iowa. I have most of the receipts. Original 1300 cc matching numbers engine, with a single Weber.
Exterior: Originally white exterior/blue interior. Stripped and painted in 1992. Doors, trunk, engine compartment and dash all painted. I have found no evidence of rust on the car at present. All floors jack points and rockers are solid, but there is bubbling on the paint from 15 years of storage. I have tried to show where in the photos. No bubbling in rockers or wheel wells. You either like the yellow nose or not, but it is striking. There is some bondo in the rocker area, according to my magnet. There is white paint showing in 3 places: where the hood closes; on the underside of both doors as they must not be hung perfectly and they scrape a little when closing so that the red paint has worn off. Small areas, in photos. All trim is bright, bumpers were re chromed and are in almost perfect condition. I do not have the front eyebrow pieces. Wheels have been powder coated and are excellent with correct very good hubcaps all around. Tires almost new condition Pirelli.
Interior: Everything re done: Headliner, seats carpets, door panels. Very, very nice. You will not be disappointed. Dash is very nice, no cracks. The cover on the radio delete area is leather and has shrunk a little so the edges are turned up somewhat. The seats are very nice but not original – they look like GT JR seats to me, but fully adjustable and in great condition. All new rubber, clear windows. The aluminum threshold pieces that have ‘Carrozzeria Bertone’ on them are scratched.
Drive train: Engine starts well, no smoke, sounds great. Leaks small amounts of oil after driving. Transmission is 5 speed, don’t know when the upgrade took place but it shifts very well in every gear no grinding up or down. Muffler/tailpipe is not complete, it ends under rear left wheel.
Mechanicals: all wiring is re done; all hoses re done; steering box rebuilt, all suspension done – springs, Koni shocks, rear travel limiting straps, motor mounts, fuel pump, water pump, all wheel bearings. Drives very tight, very responsive light steering. All lights, wipers, turn signals work. At this time the left pod on the dash has two gauges not working: the water temp, oil temp. I have a replacement for the gauges that I will include with the selling price, if I do not have time to replace myself. 140 mph speedo.
The car was stored in Iowa for 12-14 years (after restoration in San Diego, with some follow up work done in Chicago) on the second floor of a garage. I took the gas tank out and had it boiled and lined, cleaned fule lines, completely went through the brakes and replaced all whel cylinders that had seized up from sitting, changed all fluids – differential, tranny, engine, radiator. There is no rust on the car but the paint is bubbling from sitting so long in a number of places that I have tried to photograph. No bubbles on the rocker panels or wheel arches, no floor rust what so ever. Although the bubbling would prevent a concours win, the paint is very nice as it is except for this.
I am selling the car as is with the non original parts as you see them: steering wheel, seats, carb, air cleaner and missing trim pieces. I will sell separately the following in very good shape: original Giulietta steering wheel with horn button and horn ring; Bertone side pieces for front fenders; all 6 side ‘spears’ in very good shape, trim piece for the engine hood with underneath piece that mounts it from the underside of the engine bonnet; and the ‘Sprint’ script for the trunk. Call me for a price if you are interested in the items. I do not have the original air cleaner box, carb, the small round Alfa piece for the trunk that goes over the airplane chrome piece, or the front eyebrows.
I am selling because I have 3 other Alfas and I think this one should have a home where it gets driven and shown more than I will be able to. Call Peter L with any questions at 800-211-8170 10 am – 4 pm central time, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Serious callers only, please, and serious bidders only. $500 deposit to hold car within 72 hours of end of bidding. Payment by papal, bank wire, certified check or cash when picked up. I can store the car for you for 60 days, you arrange shipping.”
This looks a little scary but judging by everything else I will say there is not likely to be any rust in here. I know a high dollar restorer who always spends extra time getting the seam between the rocker and floor pan right. If you don’t it’s kind of like stopping 10 feet from the summit on a mountain climb.
Dash looks great. Same steering wheel as Market 120? I don’t think the rear view mirror is correct if anyone cares. I like the gray carpet. Two levers sticking out of the steering column means it doesn’t have a high beam switch on the floor so it probably isn’t a car that was made for the US market.
The business. Original build plates are nice to have. The smaller build plate beside the VIN/Engine number plate is probably for NSU in Germany, Renault in France (would have a glass brake fluid reservior originally), or Willys in Mexico assembling the car which supports my theory above that this is not a US market car.
There you have it. Polished up, mechanically refreshed and well presented. I think now it probably is worth the August of 2008 $18,000 buy it now asking. Lets see if it can find some one who wants a Sprint to use and enjoy. One can only hope!
Update: On 8/10/08 seller ended the auction early, hopefully to put comprehensive pictures and description together and re-list it.
Giulietta Sprint 1493*21533. According to Fusi the 45th Sprint Normale made in 1960. I think the auction title says it all, someone (Rick, I’m sorry man but it’s true) with no Alfa, eBay, or even seemingly much internet experience is doing some poor soul with Alzheimers a ‘favor’ and listing their car for sale. You can buy it now for $18,000 or bid.
Casting my usual suspicions aside about ‘misrepresentation through faked ignorance’ I am going to guess that it is probably a decent enough car that barely runs, needs its fluids gone through and would yield a very solid driver after a weekend of easy tinkering. If this is true, 6 pictures from thoughtful angles (diagonal front drivers, diagonal rear passengers, drivers door open with camera about 4 feet off the ground with the shift knob in the center, engine compartment from carb side, empty trunk open from 6 feet back and under one front rocker corner showing both rocker and floor), an hour of internet research and the use of a spell (and grammar) checker would probably bring more than the buy it now price.
“This was part of a collection of imports it is now part of an estate this is a one of a kind car it was in storage for over 14 years it runs but needs some work was restored before it was put in storeage fun little car to drive. Mileage not known.”
I actually think I’ve seen this car before. Not too many ‘Voloces’ got the yellow nose without grills treatment. Front bumper looks spectacular as does every other piece of brightwork in this picture. I even like the area inside the grills blacked out.
These very nice looking seats are from a GT Junior if I’m not mistaken. Door panel looks great. This shot, the very good panel fit and the period driving lights are what makes me think this car is better than it is being presented as.
Looks to me like an AROC sticker in the window, definitely a good sign. Windshield wipers sit up kind of high. GTA style nose paint indicates to me there is probably a later larger engine in there, a 1600 perhaps? No one would risk inviting the stop light challenges that paint scheme would attract if they didn’t think they could win at least once in a while.
A question and answer says a lot.
“Rick: Can you tell me specifically what kind of work it will need? Is it an original car w/matching numbers or is it a composite car? Is is complete w/tools and all the trim? thanks”
“not a composite car as far as trim what you see in the photos is what there is right now the car is at a shop the brake clinders are bad and the gas tank had crude in it I can get you pictures as far as numbers go best off my knowledge they match I want to make on thing clear this is not my car it is an estate car the owner has alzhmers can not not help me with these questions”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if it interests you, this car is probably worth flying to Iowa to check out. The trim that is present looks good, what can be seen of the interior looks great and the AROC club sticker on the windshield and paint scheme tells me this car was loved by an Alfa person at some point.