I feel fine

You all might have noticed I have a blog.  I write about Alfa Romeo Giulietta/Giulia automobiles.  I’ve been at it a while and I started the whole experiment because my particular Sprint -a humble, faded/mismatched paint 1959 101 normale of nearly the earliest variety, is just such a damn good car, so much so that my friend Moses called it magic at one point (31 mpg when driven as hard as possible?).  Let me expound while I have your reviewing-the-last-sentence-for-continuity attention.  Yesterday the sun shone for the first time in a few weeks here in xxxxx (insert usual descriptor that starts with ‘s’ here) California.  Okay -yes, I pulled the cover off and drove my dusty Sprint for the first time in -er, well actually about 8 weeks.  Was fun, down right inspirational and reminded me I need new tires.  Another reason it’s so great?  We have an understanding… I push the gas pedal and it goes.  I push the brakes and it stops.  I make odd circles with a handle on the door -about ten -and the window goes down etc.  It gets dark and I pull a resistant knob on the dash and the lights come on.  And the exhaust note…

Did I mention how great this car is?  Okay -sorry, I guess I did.  Complaints?  Nothing that’s not my fault!  Anyone have a pair of US market clear turn signal lenses they want to give me for free?  I thought not… Please?  I’ll throw in some amber ones for free.

YT (Yours Truly) had a nice surprise upon receiving the latest issue of the fantastic if-you-don’t-get-it-but-read-my-blog-you’re-crazy Giuliettaletta.  Why?  In addition to the usual great articles about details I have never written about and tours I can’t afford to go on, Nick Savage, in their latest Giulietta values column (usually 2 pages actually) thanks me for the several hours a week a I spend trying to find cars for sale to write about.  In other words -hey -I got press!

Here it is, black and white.  Nick -any time!

Nick intrepidly draws some conclusions I usually allow the reader to draw, and that Aaron, a frequent commenter here (hint hint), and I discussed earlier this evening.  What does a $150,000 beautiful, run-of-the-mill provenance-wise Giulietta SS sale do to the values of the Giulietta’s above and below it in the pecking order?  I’m thinking SZ’s, Sprint Lightweights etc.  I say we are in for a ride if nothing else.  Will my hopes to own a Lightweight Sprint be dashed?  Who knows.  Just don’t get too worried if you already own one of these magnificent cars.

That’s it -sorry, no ground broken, no riddles solved, no neat car for sale to ogle.  Up next?  Dunno…

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21 thoughts on “I feel fine

  1. Dear Matt,
    I have a matched set of Vredestein 155×15 now off of my Sprint with many more miles of good fun left in them for you at your command for FREE! Drift that Sprint on the Lap-o’-Marin! Or on your favorite On ramp. Have fun! doesn’t a Motorcar with a proper steering wheel actually work better than with an unpleasant one?
    Your fan,
    Laurence of Berkeley

  2. Matt, thanks again, for yet another display of your passion for these fine old cars. As I read your blog, I could almost feel my Sprint around me. Can’t wait!
    Keep up the inspirational and informational contributions.
    Bob

  3. There is a wonderful little article on page 97 of the April 2011 Robb Report called “TZ2 Time” that you can read in your spare time. Lots of great photos and Alfa history . . .

  4. A LITTLE HISTORY; 1N 1958 I WAS STATIONED IN ZARAGOZA,SPAIN. I WAS DRIVING A 1954 MG TF. I HAD LEFT MY JAGUAR 120 AT HOME IN STORAGE. MY WIFE AND I DECIDED TO BUY A NEW CAR TO BRING HOME AND WE HAD A NEW YOUNG SON SO WE DECIDED TO BUY A MERCEDES 220S. WE ORDERED IT FOR DELIVERY IN JUNE. WE WERE THEN TOLD THAT THEY WERE CONVERTING TO A NEW BODY STYLE AND THEY COULD NOT DELIVER UNTIL AFTER MY ROTATION DATE BACK TO THE STATES. WE DECIDED THAT WE WOULD CHANGE OUR MAKES A PURCHASED A 1959 ALFA SPRINT. WE TOOK DELIVERY IN WIESBADEN,GERMANY. TOTAL PAYMENT $2750.00 WE LOVED THE CAR AND I AM AFRAID I WAS NOT A PURIST AND ADDED A LITTLE PROTECTION TO THE FRONT AND REAR BUMPERS. THE CAR WAS SOLD IN AUSTIN,TEXAS,IN 1964. I ENJOY YOUR SITE AND WISH I WERE YOUNG ENOUGH AND RICH ENOUGH TO AFFORD TO HAVE ANOTHER 1959 SPRINT. I HAVE ATTACHED PHOTOS OF THE GREAT CAR.

  5. I’ve driven Matt’s Sprint a couple of times and have to concur, its a great great car! B. Valley, take him up on that offer!

    Glad to see all the recent posts Matt, sys

  6. I didn’t know you wanted “press time”?! We’ll get you in the ARA’s Overheard Cams one of these months… why don’t you write something technical for us? Such as… restoring gauges, what to look for when buying a Sprint, etc.

  7. Matt,
    I’m pretty sure I have one clear turn signal lense that you can have for free. Wish I had read this a couple of days ago, I would have brought it to Pat, to deliver to you. I’ll dig it out when I return home from Paso Robles.
    Cao, Brad

  8. What’s so special about those clear park lenses ?? Are they not just a clear Lucas lens common to many British & European cars, should be easy to get here in Australia if you get that desperate.
    Cheers, Phil Hart

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