Market 462: Sprint 10112 looking to get out more

Giulia Sprint 1600 10112*355955, 00112*16110. This car is on eBay right now out of Cincinnati from a seller who appears to have some experience with Alfa’s.  The car is a good, probably not too expensive starting point to Giulietta/Giulia Sprint ownership, as it runs and drives, looks ‘good enough’ and has only brake maintenance and tires as immediate known needs.  It has some rust in the battery area and front edges of the rockers as well as signs of bubbling usually associated with poor paint prep, but nothing too bad.

If anyone gets a sensible vin number let me know.

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I have sat with laptop on lap a few hundred times and pondered a good opening line for the pictures.  Sometimes I go with the ‘these are tiny pictures, how can you say anything other than “looks okay”‘ caveat, or if I’m in a particular sort of mood I might nitpick something -the odd turn signal lights on this guy perhaps -but occasionally I think about the intersection of the worlds you walk driving a car like: the world of what you want out of owning and driving it, how you want to feel while driving it or writing checks to maintain it, and what you want it to say about you – the view at speed from a minimum of 10 feet away seen by passing motorists and pedestrians.  Ask yourself if…

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Decent trunk/door/trim etc fit.  Seller says the ‘airplane’ is missing -I’m not sure this car would have had one.  There are license plate lights built into the bumper, so an ‘airplane’ and it’s license plate light would lead to a ‘belt and suspenders’ sort of redundancy.

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Unless someone has scraped all the crud off, neutralized the surface rust and undercoated it you’re better off like this with a warts and all view than if they just undercoated over the surface rust as so often happens immediately before a sale.  You will want to replace the giubo and center support rubber.

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This is what happens when the paint prep is not as good as it can be and some bit of rust goes unneutralized.

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Even some of the best Sprints end up with rust here.  Batteries that vent to atmosphere and poorly protected metal go together like dependent personalities and ready access to drugs, requiring early intervention if they’re going to be saved.

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Some of these 1600 Sprints did have the early type gauges, so getting a tri-gauge and tach to match this speedometer could be an out.

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You could live with this for a while.

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Lets just say there is plenty of room for improvement.


1 thought on “Market 462: Sprint 10112 looking to get out more

  1. Interesting how I can grow up in Ohio and never see one of these cars until a couple of years ago and yet they keep popping up within a few miles of me. Us Giulietta owners need to get out more.
    Seller recently updated post with:
    The engine number is AR00112 16110
    The Vin # is 355955
    The number on the body is 6528600 I am told this was a Bertone number?

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