Update 2/13/10: I had the nephew of the seller contact me with some links to videos and more pictures. Car is still available. Enjoy.
The start up -nice induction bark.
Too bad they couldn’t get out on a track and really go for it.
Looking good -very good. More pictures here.
Update 12/12/09: Bryan contacted the seller and received these two other pictures. Enjoy.
Giulia Sprint Speciale (If my reading of the Bertone body number in the third picture is correct as 87*1619, this is 10121*380360). This car is available now out of Switzerland and was brought to my attention by Elmar, the Giuliettas.com unofficial continental correspondant and among the brotherhood of difficult SS project owners. Vehicle description is very simple “Silver 1600 SS. Sprint speciale with Conrero engine 130 HP, Concours condition. Totally restored 900 Kms ago. Engine run in on bench for 10 hours. ATE front disc brakes (original Dunlop brakes available).,nov. 1963. french plates. Price 85000,-Eur” That is $125,000 of todays US dollars!
Fill in the wheel wells, put one of those new anti-gravity plasma engines under the hood, develop some serious pressure differential seals and you have yourself a space ship. This is the point I can’t wait to get to -of course I won’t have a lift or any shiney grill pieces, and I doubt anyone would consider giving me $125,000 for it, but one can dream.
Conrero spec 1600 making 130 hp. I wonder what nationality those hp’s are? I have read a lot of commentary about the meaning of Conrero’s name on an Alfa of this period. The gist being at one extreme that you could buy parts (like pistons and air filters) from Conrero and DIY with his ‘kit’, or you could pay him to install his parts and do development for you or he essentially owned a car and developed it for his personal efforts. Are all of these ‘Conrero’? Arguably yes. Do they all add equal value to a car? Not my call… Okay, to the object at hand: Everything about this looks fantastic- amazing -inspirational. I see a lot of correct expensive stuff and some mod’s, all well executed.
The good stuff. Stainless braided fuel lines look a little messy and wires and cables still need a final tuck and tie but that sort of detail is dealt with in the last 1% of the effort. Did SS’s of this period go with Bosch charging or would they still have been Marelli?
Brakes are converted to Ate. Original Dulops are included. Parts for the Dunlops are available again, albeit not as readily as Ate, so a practical change but no longer quite as advantageous as it once was. The level of detail finish here is impressive and about what I am aspiring to in my meager efforts. Look at the shine on the upper A arm dust caps. I like that they carried the body color so far into the structure of the car..
I find this kind of SS simultaneously inspiring and discouraging. Inspiring because I have one of these and this car confirms it can look great and be expensive, yet discouraging because a great expense of time and money will have to be expended to get to even half the level of quality seen here. I am going to say that this morning I am more inspired and encouraged than anything, for I am only 887 hours and about $15,000 from my goal…
The asking price for this car is all the money in the world and then some for an SS without serious race history. The Conrero provenance adds to the cost no doubt but the nature of the provenance needs to be clearly spelled out. In any case it is a magnificent example and there are those monied types who could drop $85,000 euro’s more easily than I can spend $600 on door buttons and front turn signal assemblies from OK parts, and that is the buyer this car is preened for.