Update 3/18/11: The seller sent me more pictures so click on the link below (the vin) to check them out.
Giulietta Sprint Speciale 10120*00078, 00120*00029. I get emails all the time from people with Giulietta’s of all stripe, this is the first Low-nose SS. Dimitrios in Greece commented on the site then followed with an email with these pictures attached. I was in the middle of a busy February (11 days in Spain, driving across the USA in a moving van etc) and by the time I got around to writing about this car it has been sold -or at least a hand-shake agreement has been made for its sale.
Most of the comment: “I live in Greece. Due to the fact that I was general manager of Lancia, Fiat and Alfa Romeo, an Italian car enthusiast and a trader for many classic and rare cars like Ferrari Maserati, Lamborghini and Porsche I was invited to see a described Alfa Romeo from the 50′s. It comes up that the car is an early Alfa Romeo SS and from your descriptions it is one of the 101 pre-production cars. Unfortunately the car confused me in the beginning because the front (nose) has been modified and looks like a Duetto Spider but the rest of the car and especially the rear of it which is original shows that the car is an early model. I also noticed that the rear side windows and the back window are plastic. The story gets even better where the children of the deceased owner have told me that the car raced and won an African rally but not sure which one and when did that happen.
Tomorrow I will have the numbers of the body and the engine (if I will be able to find the engine number) and I will take pictures of it.
Please send me an e-mail in order to post these pictures to you.”
So what do we know about these low-nose SS’s? Well -the first 90 SS’s were supposedly low noses, but of those the first handful had even more distinctive features like aluminum bodies, odd single light rear ends etc, so this is probably one of about 75 – 80 cars that is a ‘standard’ low-nose if such a thing can be said to exist. That puts it between the SZ and SZ Coda Tronca in terms of production totals. How many survive? I have 10 on my register, including this guy.
How much is it worth? Tough question. I’ll ask the new owner to give me some idea… I believe he owns another.