Update 8/23/12: Sold for $72,450 including premium.
Update later the same morning:
I got this picture taken at Road Atlanta circa 1983 from Michael McClure, then owner of the brown Giulietta racer and wearing the gold race suit talking to Martin Krilanovich (in green sleeves). The red car is Sophia with Phil Mason in white racing suit leaning over it talking to his crew chief Jerry. Time flies.
Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*03083, 1315*41849. The late Al Leake Jr. raced Sophia to much success on the west coast. I can remember seeing them many times at Sear’s Point and Laguna Seca -always out front or nearly so -even against cars that on paper ought to have gotten around the track faster -even if driven by lesser drivers. I don’t remember where I heard/read it, but I seem to recall that Sophia is one of the winning-est race cars in history. Lineage includes prior ownership by Phil Mason and connection to H. B. Luginbuhl, who some say had a lot to do with development early on. Anyway, Sophia is being auctioned by Bonhams this coming Monterey weekend. Estimate is $65,000 – $85,000. It’s too bad the seller chickened out and omitted the rubber chicken that used to be seen dangling from the trunk -oh well, maybe that rubber chicken is a stuffed trophy over someones mantle now next to a 12 point buck or buffalo head.
Tasteful for a dedicated race car. Development started in the mid-70’s and by the late 80’s Sophia was a potent machine. Fiberglass grill and trim?
The view most other racers got. Would be interesting to see how much quicker than stock a car like this is. Pretty thorough roll bar set up.
Contours are hidden in this picture. Monoposto set up allows for a smaller frontal area than racers with a windshield. Would look really mean if the grills and headlights were black. I’ll let someone else comment on the race number.
I have been thinking I should take my Sprint racing for years now -just to see how fast I can make it and how familiar with it I can get, and pictures like this reenforce that thought. this looks like a serious life-sized go-cart! Lets play guess the gauges!
Purposeful to a high degree. I like the double breather set up -pumping air takes energy -the more freely it breathes, the less energy it wastes pumping. Looks like 2 liter era valve cover and 1600 era intake. What are the 2 hoses that disappear under the cool air crossover duct for? There’s a 750F build plate in this car but the font is wrong and the chassis number is not listed in d&T as a Veloce, so I’m calling it a D.
The wistful ‘you know you want it’ shot. I need to take this writing about cars for sale thing up a notch so I can get invited to drive some of the finer examples!
I think Sophia was the basis for the other monoposto racer Al had that sold a couple of years ago for more than the estimate here.