The hush-hush project I have been working on since last Spring, that has taken all the time I used to devote to giuliettas.com, is now live!
Over the last 5 years I have spent a lot of time thinking of better ways to display Giulietta sales records on this site. In February 2013 I was having a conversation about this problem with two friends I was working with at a start up when the idea came to us: lets build a Redfin/Zillow type tool where you could find classic vehicle sales comps for classic and specialty motorcycles and cars. Not editorial on sales, not links to disparate data sources, but the hard facts of the transaction extracted from these sources, parsed, and made immediately graphically accessible to anyone.
The three of us officially started the business, and between April 2013 and August 2013 the project was worked on by a single part-time developer, and by us on late nights and other stolen hours until an old friend put us in touch with public company The Chancellor Group (CHAG), who saw merit in what we were trying to do and bought a stake in the company. With cash in the bank we went into full focus, assembled a team and building what you see when you go to www.thefuelist.com.
Results for group “Giulietta & Giulia 750 & 101 Models”.
Details of a Giulia Sprint 10112 sale. One of you probably owns this car!
For a classic vehicle sale record to make the cut, it must have a verifiable sale price and a minimum of information about the vehicle. We built a vehicle database of model attributes so we could supply the user with more information than a seller typically includes in a sale, and to power filters users could select to refine results to only the attributes they are interested in. If you look at the tool you will get an idea what these are. These refinement tools will be rolling out over the next few months.
A key feature is the ability to graph up to 4 models or model groups simultaneously to see how prices compare, have changed over time, and what you can buy for the same money among the different models. Graphing all Giuliettas and Porsche 356s together demonstrates this nicely. We are working on trend lines at the moment, but it’s turned out to be a very complex problem.
Each record is curated by hand, so there will be the inevitable human errors creeping in, but we have feedback mechanisms in place for users to report such errors. We currently have just under 20,000 such records, but now that we are shifting away from deep development, resources will shift to capturing more sales records (there are many thousands in the pipeline). I have yet to go through and enter all the verified Giulietta sales from this blog, but I will eventually get to it.
Please come check the site out and give us some feedback! We will be launching full scale, with all features enabled in early April.