Market 494: Basketcase Sprint 750B 06248

Giulietta Sprint 750B 1493*06248, 1315*05668.  This jigsaw puzzle of a Sprint is on eBay out of Dallas.  Bumpers excepted it looks somewhat complete at first glance (Lionel is going to ask me to define complete again) but you have to wonder how useable all the parts are.  Some metal repair has been done, the quality of which is near impossible to determine without seeing it in person, but if you go into this assuming a lot of it will be redone to meet your very high standards, you can just pretend it still has gaping rust holes.  Pete’s has this car listed with a, $11,500 sticker price.  Not a bad deal for someone who already has one of these under restoration.

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One wonders at the 56 year road that now sees this car stripped of parts and in primer in a gravel parking lot in Dallas.  Doesn’t look too bad from this angle if you are not afraid of fasteners.

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Engine number matches.  Does this mean anything for these cars?

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The rest of the numbers.

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Wrong wheels.  Big deal?  Not really.  Mmmm wires hanging out of trunk.

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An attempt has been made to replicate the structural ribs in the floor.  Caulking around the seams hides the weld quality.

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Same comments.  There are some underside shots on the sellers website that make me think this was a pretty rusty car. 

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Those look like the wrong turn signal lenses, though I’m pretty sure they will fit in the rubber bases.  I need that tail light trim ring!  I have some nice dark red tail light lenses to trade.

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Sweet.  Polished valve cover.  

Ask yourself if this is where you want to spend your next couple thousand hours and 1000’s of dollars working on cars… if the answer is yes, dive right in.

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4 thoughts on “Market 494: Basketcase Sprint 750B 06248

  1. Having just (within the past two years) completed the total restoration of two Sprints (a ’57 and a ’59) I have a new-found appreciation for what’s involved in taking one of these cars from basket case to a roadworthy condition where you’re not embarrassed to show it to people! We’ve all heard this before, but it’s absolutely true that a well-restored car is (almost) always less expensive than starting with a basket case like this one. The old adage rings true, “Buy the restoration and get the car for free!” A good restoration on one of these cars can easily cost $40-60k. Ask me how I know. Heck, you can spend $40k just on body work and a good paint job!

    The main attraction of this particular car is that it’s an early small-headlight version, and these are quite rare today. Hard to tell in the photos if the rust repair work was really done properly, and the only way to know for sure is to see it in person. The other big question is, “Is it really complete?” There’s a gazillion small parts–trim pieces, etc.–on these cars and much of it is difficult to source and can be extremely expensive (again, ask me how I know). Plus, the details, including trim specifications, are very different on the early cars vs. later (late-’58 and on) ones, so just finding missing parts–any any price–would be a real challenge. At $11,500 I’d say it’s fair but probably no bargain, as after “investing” another $40-50k (+/-) in it you’ll have a car that’s worth about…$50k. But, the escalator is still going up; just a question of when and where you get on–or, equivalently, it’s not a question of paying too much, but buying too soon.

  2. Hi Matt

    It’s a ’58 Series I, but with the correct larger 7″ lights which were fitted across the board to Sprint Normale’s and Veloce’s from the beginning of ’58. The earliest known Series I with 7″ lights which I have on file is E06046

    Other than the lights, the only other detail change is that the upholstery was most likely two tone vinyl – vinyl instead of the earlier vinyl – cloth that was prevalent on the ’57’s.

    Ciao
    Greig

  3. Dave,

    I totally agree with you. I am restoring my 1961 Sprint Veloce from the ground up. The car was driven up to 1987 and I rebuilt the engine, transmission, and replaced the clutch. I purchased parts to restore the car over a thirty-five year period and took the car apart to the last nut and bolt six months ago. The body had rust in both doors, passenger side sill, normal rocker area rust, rear window needed four inches replaced, and a few more holes in the body. There was no rust in the floor, trunk floor or anywhere else. I had every part painted, chromed, clear Cad, black zinc plated, rebuilt or replaced with NOS except for some rubber gaskets and the new instrument plastic face plates. The old instrument face plates were yellowed and did not look as good as the rest of the car. I think that when the car is completed, I will have spent about $35K to restore the car, but many parts were brought years ago and the total in today’s dollars would be about $15K more. The car should look very good and hope that my friend Randy approves of the restoration. He is an expert restorer of Alfa Romeos as well as other vehicles. I say that because you have to see his 100 point restorations.

    I restored a 1957 Spider many years ago and it was not cheap at that time.

  4. My bad–yes, I see now it has the early-style grille with larger 7″ headlights. Thanks for clarifying that.

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