Market 190: TI GD CKD in OC CA

Update 7/26/20: $7350, reserve not met was the result after 17 bids.  This seems cheap but then again there are not a bunch of guys queuing up to buy these cars and the that in combination with RHD makes me think a little more than the final result would have been a reasonable price.

Update 7/21/10: This car is now listed on eBay out of Southern California.  The new pictures are nice and show a very original car.

Posted 2/18/10: Giulietta TI 10109*109054, 00109*00595. This right hand drive or guida destra as the Italians say, is available right now through Vintage Customs in Washington.  Vintage Customs is Daron’s shop where a lot of Alfa’s (and other contemporaries) go to have rust repaired, get restored or be prepped for racing -check out some of the projects they have posted on their website while you’re there, neat stuff!

I like the color, I like the originality, I like the shine on the trim and well, there’s nothing I don’t like.  A very handsome car!

Panel fit is excellent here and in the picture above.  Off-white wheels are cool enough but I think silver would be better.  These cars had a surprising amount of racing success.

Sellers description: “The car is a true tipo 10109 C.K.D. built in South Africa and has chassis number AR*00109*00595. It has 40,072 miles on it from new. The original owner took delivery of the car in late 1960 and kept it all these years until he sold it to the current owner two years ago. Thus, it is only the 54th completely knocked down right hand drive Giulietta T.I. made in series production by Alfa at their South African assembly plant in early 1960. The car has the original engine, seats, carpeting, headliner, etc.

Some NOS items, sourced through AFRA, have been added:

  • New front side indicator light assemblies
  • New Carello tail light assemblies
  • New trunk pull and license plate light assembly
  • New hood spear
  • New ashtrays in dash and rear seat back
  • New dome light

Also installed new:

  • Tires
  • Knoi Shocks
  • Exhaust headers
  • Complete exhaust system
  • Rebuilt brake wheel cylinders front and rear
  • Fuel tank
  • Fuel lines
  • Rebuilt carby – a period proper Weber 36 DCD two barrel downdraft
  • Spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, points, condenser, rotor and ignition coil with new ire from the fuse box to coil
  • And a new battery

The car appears to have never been hit front, rear or sides in any major way and tracks straight and true down the road.

There is some rust in the trunk floor, in the front cross members going out to the front jacking points (the rear jacking points are solid) and a very strange bit of rush in the lower part of the front crossmember that forms the radiator support on the left hand side of the car. The rest of the floorpans are incredibly solid and the rust in the trunk is centered over where the fuel tank sits, hence the spare tire well and the battery tray area on the right hand side of the trunk floor are solid as is the left hand side of the trunk floor. The only major item remembered missing are the rear suspension limiting straps.

The entire engine ignition system is new and taken care of and the car runs extremely strong and runs at half throttle at 70 mph, and pulls away strongly at this speed. the transmission shifts smoothly and the brakes really bit and dig in good with no drama and with excellent straight line tracking when coming to a stop. This car is a remarkable example of a 50 year old original one-owner never restored Giulietta. In many ways, it’s like a time-capsule from 1960. The car is a true tipo 10109 C.K.D. built in South Africa and has chassis number AR*00109*00595. It has 40,072 miles on it from new. The original owner took delivery of the car in late 1960 and kept it all these years until he sold it to the current owner two years ago. Thus, it is only the 54th completely knocked down right hand drive Giulietta T.I. made in series production by Alfa at their South African assembly plant in early 1960. The car has the original engine, seats, carpeting, headliner, etc. Scroll to bottom to view pictures of Vehicle

Some NOS items, sourced through AFRA, have been added:

  • New front side indicator light assemblies
  • New Carello tail light assemblies
  • New trunk pull and license plate light assembly
  • New hood spear
  • New ashtrays in dash and rear seat back
  • New dome light

Also installed new:

  • Tires
  • Knoi Shocks
  • Exhaust headers
  • Complete exhaust system
  • Rebuilt brake wheel cylinders front and rear
  • Fuel tank
  • Fuel lines
  • Rebuilt carby – a period proper Weber 36 DCD two barrel downdraft
  • Spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, points, condenser, rotor and ignition coil with new ire from the fuse box to coil
  • And a new battery

The car appears to have never been hit front, rear or sides in any major way and tracks straight and true down the road.

There is some rust in the trunk floor, in the front cross members going out to the front jacking points (the rear jacking points are solid) and a very strange bit of rush in the lower part of the front crossmember that forms the radiator support on the left hand side of the car. The rest of the floorpans are incredibly solid and the rust in the trunk is centered over where the fuel tank sits, hence the spare tire well and the battery tray area on the right hand side of the trunk floor are solid as is the left hand side of the trunk floor. The only major item remembered missing are the rear suspension limiting straps.

The entire engine ignition system is new and taken care of and the car runs extremely strong and runs at half throttle at 70 mph, and pulls away strongly at this speed. the transmission shifts smoothly and the brakes really bit and dig in good with no drama and with excellent straight line tracking when coming to a stop. This car is a remarkable example of a 50 year old original one-owner never restored Giulietta. In many ways, it’s like a time-capsule from 1960.”

I should elaborate on C.K.D or ‘completely knocked down’.  This was an arrangement where cars were delivered in some state of undress and finished off at the point of origin.  I think the deal was that Alfa got an import tax break in exchange for employing local labor to finish the car off.  Whether the local assembly was as simple as fitting wheel valve stem caps or as complex as fitting lids, doors engines and the like will have to be reported on by someone who was there.  Anyone?

Car looks deceptively large.  These are basically the same size as a Sprint.  I like the earlier series tail lights better with the lenses in recesses in the body.  Rear trim, panel fit and all is as good as the front.

This is a tempting car.  Note the resemblance to other sedans of the same era.  Some might say it looks like a Volvo Amazon, but I believe this design predates the Volvo by several years.  Again -anyone?

The TI is cooler than the Berlina because it has a Sprint engine and a Tach.  The dash is spartan but attractive.  Not sure how I would get along with right hand drive -worth a try I imagine.

These cars didn’t find their way to these shores often back when they were new -supposedly Hoffman pushed to only bring in Sprints, Spiders and others with a sporting image, but they did manage to get here in small numbers -some from Mexico and Canada, some by independant US dealers, some brought in by individuals returning from foreign military posts and more recently by people like me who want one but can’t find one locally so they import them.

Values around the world – especially Europe, where they seem to be fairly common even now, are not high and occasionally examples like this one -original and attractive- come on the market for 6000 – 12000 Euro’s.  I want one, but my hands are currently full.  Someday.

2009 market including TI and Berlina.

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One thought on “Market 190: TI GD CKD in OC CA

  1. I saw it last weekend in Long Beach CA at Alfapalooza, it looked like a nice driver, with a couple of coats of thick paint.

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