Update 12/28/10: You can follow Bob’s restoration on the Alfa BB. Here are a few pictures I lifted.
Update 2/10/10: 15 bibbers fought it out and a winner emerged paying $9000 for this car. Reserve was met and sale is hopefully final. Kind of sad when a car has to change hands so many times to find a loving home- of course it could be on the boat to Belgium for another mark up. So it goes.
Update 12/23/09: Will a $9850 high bid buy it? Nope. Where do we go from here?
Update 12/14/09: This car is back on eBay. There are extensive pictures and it does look like a pretty fair project, as I said earlier, it’s a shame an enthusiast looking for a Sprint didn’t snap this up when it was first listed out of Santa Barbara for $7500. The resale tax means this car has to make about $9000 to just break even for the current owner who has towing, clean up and eBay listing fees to recoup.
Update 10/20/09: 21 bids, $8200, reserve not met? I expect we will be seeing more from this car. I thought $7500 was a reasonable price and an enthusiast could have gotten it going and cleaned it up without ending up too underwater in it. If I were selling this I would put a few hours into it and make it run before relisting it. Maybe they would trade for my 69 GTV…
Update 10/12/09: Now on eBay. Someone smelled a chance to make a few thousand dollars. Still a good deal if it’s as good as it looks.
Update: Oops, I guess I should have seen if this was still available. Apparently it has been sold and has packed its bags in anticipation of a new life.
Giulietta Sprint 750B 1493*08631, 1315*07393. This car is has been available for a while as the least valuable in a package deal including two first series small headlight, column shift Sprints. The Ventura CA based seller has broken up the family and this car is now listed casually around the internet, check it out at the Alfa BB where the asking price is $7500 These early 750/101 transition cars have a lot of character and are great drivers when set up well.
Looks like a runner/driver just parked in the shade, waiting to do service as a errand runner. I guess the front ride height does suggest the lack of an engine. There is a small dent in the drivers side grill and the paint is definitely dead, but I’d happily drive this as is. I wouldn’t even put hubcaps on it.
Between this and the picture above nearly all the trim can be identified. There is not much for this series of Sprint that is hard to get if you know where to look. Trunk lid and drivers door fit well. US spec, all red tail lights seem to be in good shape. Two Giuliettas in the background.
Borrani wheel, no rust where the lip under the bumper joins wiht the body, reflector housing installed, the little rubber bumper end buffer in place and not covered in overspray. I’m going to guess this was a well cared for car not too far in the past.
Rust is a funny thing, even the lightest surface rust looks horrible in a picture. All that awful looking orange rust you see here is normal minor surface rust. Note open rockers, they closed these some time in 1959/60. The open rockers tend to resist rust pretty well since they can’t trap water. Not so the later closed ones.
Another view of the rockers, this is the passenger side, looking back to front. There is a Sprint in the background. That circle in the floor is probably where a big fender washer backed a seatbelt bolt.
Floors look solid, steering wheel looks decent, drivers door panel looks original and acceptible. It all needs work but it seems to be in usable shape. I believe this floor is the tunnel case trans low tunnel type.
The question mark. It does match the car and I do see all the major components besides a crank, but who knows how much of it is usable? Assume the worst, which in my experience is not all that bad. Note oil pan is correct steel 750 normale unit and valve cover doesn’t have the cross brace at the back that would be near the firewall.
Alright kids, this is it. You wanted a sound, nearly complete Sprint project? You wanted a Sprint you could do some mechanical work to then drive around? Here it is.