Update 12/3/11: Auction was ended early, car is no longer available.
Giulia Spider Veloce 1600 AR390369, 00121*01965. This car is on eBay right now at $9500 with 5 days to go and perfectly represents the opposite end of the spectrum from Market 335’s nicely restored Spider Veloce 1600 AR390532 that is $68,500 and listed as ‘sale pending’. Seller says it’s numbers matching and complete but in need of much metal work.
Am I the only one that looks at a car in this condition and has a hard time accounting for the degradation? ‘I have a great idea’, says weekend warrior shade tree mechanic who fancies himself a restorer, either blind to, or imagining himself capable of seeing the very complex process through for 1000+ hours and at an expense of $60,000 over two or three years. Taking it apart is easy…
Between this and Market 335, I’d say the restored car represents the bargain. Say you get this for the current $9500. Throw $30K at the body and paint. Throw $20K at the mechanical bits to make everything work and look good. Maybe you can get away with $5K for trim and interior. There’s shipping, time hunting parts, lost opportunity for driving etc. A project is satisfying though, and that’s worth something. It’s all up to you though.