Market 20: Waterloo Sprint Veloce 750E 08721

5/8/2013:  This feller has popped up for sale at Bonhams at their up coming Spa Auction.  Estimate is $53,000 – $66,000.  Probably a bit on the low side.

“‘The Alfa, in a few words then, is a small car with a rev-happy dohc engine that can carry two people from point A to point B over all types of roads quicker than most cars twice its size. It does this not with blinding speed but with a wonderful combination of roadholding, compact size and sheer willingness.’ – Car & Driver on the Giulietta Sprint.”

Five years later and no new pictures.  Thanks Jerry for pointing this sale out to me.

6/10/2008: Giulietta Sprint Veloce 750 AR1493E08721, Engine 1315*32399. Listed for sale on Classic Driverfor 31,200 GBP, or about $61,000. The ad text says it is a 1958 Confortevole but Fusi lists the chassis number range for 1958 ending with 07921 though there is a typo where the page breaks for the 1959 year information and beside the 1959 750 designation Sprint Veloce’s it says 1958. Conforevole’s end with car 06611 so its a stretch of the accepted definitions to call it one. In this condition and at this price I don’t think they added any premium for calling it a Confortevole and I doubt there is any dishonesty at work, likely just a lack of solid information combined with the usual regurgitation of hear-say.

“Perfect in all respects.” This is a car that the seller means for potential buyers to come see in person, and who in their right mind would buy a car at the absolute top of the market without viewing it in person and taking it for a spirited drive. I want to go see it just to get a better look at the sellers facilities.

This presentation is great. More museum than Classic car dealership with period pictures and statistics built into the display. You probably have to qualify to even step into the ring for a closer look.

Like a giant red gumball in a jar. I bet they have the piped in scent of rich leather filling the showroom.

Even my hucklebuck junk-pile Sprints would probably look ravishing in this light and setting.

This car is probably as nice as they say and nicer than any Sprint Veloce I’ve seen in person. I don’t think the manager of a showroom like this would go through the expense of presenting anything less than a perfect car. Perception is everything when you are aiming to be the best and extract vast sums from your clients.

Nardi wood steering wheel, clear-faced gauges, perfect chrome and leather. A little heavy in black on black for my taste -at least the headliner isn’t black.

If the carpet or door panels had red piping I’d call this overly busy. Look at the shine on the trim around the windows and door aperture. I bet the dome light works. I am pretty sure the seats are done in leather judging by the drivers seat back grain lines.

Everything in its right place and with its right finish. Nothing to fix, no excuses to make. Rare hood liner aluminum cross pieces are present with the under-hood light, which probably works. If it runs as good as it looks…

Just in case you thought it was a static display (whatever gave you that idea?) here it is on a tour.

Another expensive notch on the Sprint Veloce value bed-post. These cars look great and drive as good as they look so it’s no wonder fine examples are this expensive. Another car you could buy, enjoy for a few years and very likely sell for a profit.


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