The recent listing for Sprint 20753 prompted Greg to send me the email I attached below. 45 years have passed since he sold 20377 and he wonders what it has been up to. Anyone have 20377 in their garage or know who does? I have 20379 in my garage, but they haven’t kept in touch…
I can be reached at sprints @ giuliettas.com if you do.
There’s something magical about an old picture of the cars we love. This one is from the late -1960’s. I went through my family albums and there are NO pictures of my dads old truck at all from 40 years of ownership. I like the fog lights on this car.
“I purchased 20377 in 1967. (Always thought it was a 1960, but it is 2 short of yours, so not sure today.) I bought it from an architect named Arthur Dennis Stevens. At the time I was just short of 17 years old and the car was my first. The hand written bill of sale, written on the kitchen table in Steven’s home – a modern home near Barrington, Illinois, is attached. I paid $568 for the car, which was a lot of money for a kid of modest means, who worked after school and during the summer at a golf course. The Alfa at in a garage next to a Ferrari Stevens also owned, that had been badly damaged in an accident.
Now, though I didn’t know it at the time, Stevens was the last apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West. He went on to design some well known houses in his own right (no pun intended) and, apparently, became a developer and architect of some note. (If you Google Arthur Dennis Stevens Architect you can see some of his work and history.)
I was introduced to Stevens and this car by a friend of my parents named Tom Caulfield. Now Tom Caulfield owned two 1950-vintage Ferrari’s. One he had restored and one still needed work. Even before I had a driver’s license I hung out at his garage on Saturday and ‘helped’. I hammered aluminum, cleaned things and asked lots of questions. I’m sure Mrs. Caulfield got tired of having to feed an extra mouth on those days. Very gracious people indeed. In any case, after getting my license, Caulfield probably figured the best way to be rid of me was that I get my own car. In 1967 I did. (Caulfield can also be found in Google and his cars are featured in an article in Cavalino Magazine, Dec 1990-Jan 1991, by Alan Boe entitled – ‘Doing What Man is Supposed To Do – Driving Ferraris’.)
During the winter of 1967 I essentially took everything off the car that I could. I polished engine parts, put in new bearings, etc. etc. and eventually got it to run again. The pictures included are post ‘renovation’. I’ve also included the summary I made at the time of my ‘investments’ (not counting tools, some of which I still have.) I’m sure it wasn’t very workmanlike by professional standards, but I learned a lot. And I drove it a lot! Most of the time it got where it needed to go, although sometimes it needed in-transit repairs to do so. I think Alfa purists would mostly have liked it. (Not sure the Abarth exhaust or Nardi steering wheel were vintage, but they were nice!)
Before long, I had to sell 20377 for college expenses. I’d love to know what happened to it in the last 45 years.”
The big money! The renovation bill from 1967.
Period Nardi wheel. Nice interior.
Bill o’ sale.
Abarth exhaust. The car is less than 10 years old in this picture.