Market 222: Spider prototype 750D 00007

Update 8/13/10: Sold and on its way to Milan.

Update 7/6/10: Spider did 2 tours of eBay with no takers.  A purchase like this requires some serious non-coincidental provenance corroboration so I’m not surprised it didn’t sell.  I think as I state at the end of the market review that this car needs to go through an auction that can authenticate it if the seller wants this kind of money.

Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*00007, 1315*40009. This Spider, one of the Pininfarina prototypes, is available now on eBay for $225,000.  I have no real side by side comparison to make any comment on the value of this car but would say that the asking is in line with what I would ask if I had it.

Why? I think the Bertone Spiders (00002 and 00004) are probably million+ dollar cars these days. Pininfarina Spider 00001 (or is it 00003?), now residing at the Alfa museum and 00005 (I think), in the hands of the collector who also has the Bertone Sprint convertible and SVZ ‘Goccia’, both having the wrap around windscreen and side-curtain style windows are probably $300,000 – a million.  Official numbering of the Spiders started in the mid-teens in Fusi and the cars between those mentioned above and 00016, the first production car, are likely similar to this car and close to the production models cars and hence not as valuable, maybe $100k to $500K depending on lots of stuff.  I seem to recall having seen two or three other pre-production  Spiders like this but can’t remember where.  Early race history usually adds value but I can’t say for sure if it does for a car like this.

As an aside, there is a chance that Ghia made a Giulietta Spider prototype.  Anyone know anything about this?

I guess what I am saying is that in my opinion, the more the prototypes diverge from the standard cars, the more they are worth and this car is fairly close to the production version.  Condition is the kind of ‘nice original driver’ I prefer.

Mythical beast: one of the Pininfarina prototypes.  ‘Points’ on the grill tusks are the only visual cue that you are seeing anything special here, beyond your usual 750D.

On the stand at the Paris show in 1955.  This Spider might be the first to look just like the production version.

Again, fairly standard except the points on the over-riders.

Dash pod is cool but probably expensive to manufacture and thus not used.  Can’t really see here but the rear view mirror is quite a bit different from the production unit.

These rolled edge wheels were used on the early cars, both pre-production and production. Try finding a set now…

Sprint style enclosed fuel filler is cool but probably more complicated than required.

Hello my name is…  Note the slightly different stamp style used.

Not much different from standard.  Could use some clean up, but good enough for me.

Trunk bracing is different.  Tail lights look to be 59 – 61 items.  Trunk is fully upholstered.

Will be interesting to see how this goes.  Regardless of the state of the world economy there is always a deep pocket for these one-off sort of cars.  If it were me selling, I’d be  thinking about running it through one of the Pebbel Beach weekend auctions.


7 thoughts on “Market 222: Spider prototype 750D 00007

    • I’m due a trip to check it out. I was hoping someone would correct me about the numbers of the Arese car and the other with wrap around windshields.


  1. I was also going to suggest #00013; I might get a chance to see it in the upcoming weeks as part of a customer visit.

  2. Just a note re the transmission on this prototype. I see it is a column shift, not a floor shift. I used to own a Giulietta Sprint coupe, and 1956 model, with the column shift. Many sports cars folks can’t imagine life without the floor shift but I am pleased to say that this Alfa shift on the column is a pure delight. When familiar with it there can be very nice shifts with hands on the wheel and fingertip control of the lever. Anyone thinking this prototype is less than fun and that shifting is cumbersome due to the column set-up is dead wrong!

  3. Thank you for your “reviews” of my Spider on and off eBay, I appreciate it very much.
    Please see, …I have added much more information and many pictures.
    An auction venue for November or January is being looked at. The Spider almost went back to Italy and a “buyer”, but…the offer was not nearly close enough to the provenance. Too bad, the buyer missed out on a great little Spider.
    And, two-twenty-five would have been an inexpensive prototype purchase for anyone looking for “something special”. Would you thank Richard Rockford for his kind words regarding the column shifter for me? Please enjoy the website…I have done my homework over the last thirty-plus years, but there is still much to know…and find out. Regards, John.

  4. My little Prototipo Spider sold to a collector of Alfa’s and other makes in Milan, Italy, for the agreed upon price. I am happy to say that my little girl has ”gone home” and will be safe and well cared for.
    Thank you all for your interest. Regards, John.

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