Update 8/18/2015: As yet finding it difficult to find a human whose tastes align with its character, this Giulietta Spider continues to float from mark-up to mark-up (I would have thought mark-down to mark-down -but who am I to speculate). Buy it now on eBay for $37,900 and be eschewed by Alfa owners, Cobra owners and those who aren’t comfortable in the presence of this much yellow. I mentioned in the last update that the clock was ticking toward a time when it would be an attractive value proposition to take this car back towards stock. That clock is still ticking.
How hard could it be to lose the black?
Update 5/29/12: This car has reappeared in well-detailed glory on the Alfa BB. There are good photo’s, there are video’s and yet it still is what it is. Is it time yet for a car like this to lose it’s flares, get some chrome chromed and become the car it was made to be in ’58 and not be drastically underwater? Maybe not yet, but the clock is ticking. It’s interesting that these cars from early market reports are starting to come around -this one has been hiding for nearly 3 years!.
I say chrome the trim, lose the flares and get some Classicalfa UK Giulietta mags and this car will be something a lot of Alfa guys would love to buy -no guilt for doing the unoriginal, but all the fun of having the unoriginal.
Update 10/12/09: Wow, another car that has bucked the trend of having a second auction fall flat. This car was bid up to $9227 by 13 bidders. Reserve has gone unmet. If I were selling this one I would list it on Bring a trailer and be VERY patient. There are not many people looking for a Giulietta Spider set up like this and a sale will take time.
Update 9/24/09: Car failed to sell at $5800 with 10 bids and has been relisted.
Giulietta Spider 1495*02951. This beefed up Spider is on eBay right now out of Wisconsin. Somewhere in the chain of previous owners someone decided a Shelby Cobra inspired face lift was the thing to do and this car is the result.
Blacked out trim is a little odd, probably a work around for having to plate and polish to the original finish. I can just hear the Bee references now…
This is what it must be like the when one day you come home from work and you realize the hormones have kicked in and your skinny, nimble 12 year old kid is suddenly the bruiser linebacker on the football team and you somehow you missed the transition. Note later style hood, probably to help with clearance for the 2 liter.
Auction text: “Striking street legal track day car I bought May of 2004 from Dennis Pillar of Portland, OR Alfa club. Father (Jerry)/son project built in 1984. Car had 3000 miles when I bought and I’ve put about 3800 miles on it in 5.5 years. I’ve only done three New Glarus, WI hillclimbs (3/4 mile!), rest has been street/highway mileage.
Mid-seventies Alfa 2-Liter w/45 D’ellorto carbs, header. Est. 140 HP, close ratio 5-speed in exc. condition. Lowered suspension incl. Panhard bar (no emerg. brake). Disc brakes all around, cross-drilled rotors, comb. street/track pads make this car stop! And with 15×7 Panasports and nice fat sticky Falkens, this car goes thru corners virtually flat w/o typical Alfa body lean. It’s impossible to do a Horst Kwech and lift inside front wheel, in other words!
Almost $7,000 in receipts since my purchase for recent clutch, rblt. gen., new water pump, renewed gas tank (fuel tank float needs to be replaced, always reads full), oil temp gauge not hooked up and speedo typically Alfa–at 70 mph you’re doing actually about 62. Very small typical Alfa leaks, eng. & diff.
Weight just under 1800 lbs (vs. 2150 for stock Normale). Fiberglass fenders, hood and trunk lid. Heater, wiper and door glass removed. Corbeau seats w/Simpson lap/shoulder harnesses. Fire Extinguisher. Battery behind pass. seat. Pushbutton turn signals on black box to left of clutch pedal. Removable steering wheel. Incl. is metal surrey-type top (fabricated by Mike Besic’s brother for his ’57 spider) that goes from top of windshield header back to top of roll bar. I’ve never used it and it would require very minor work to make it fit properly over the roll bar. Also included is stock Alfa convt. frame w/surface rust, no fabric top.
Undercarriage has no rust. Car has been worked on almost exclusively by Mike Besic of Besic Motorsports in Glen Ellyn, IL, home of the record-setting Bonneville Alfa. Remainder done by Dan Wilke of Yard Racing, vintage racecar/Alfiste in West Allis, WI. Mike and Dan are only two Alfa mechanics I trusted to work on this car.
No tire kickers, please, or scammers, etc. Car is advertised for sale locally and I reserve the right to end auction early. I’ve tried to describe car to the best of my ability. After 25 years, paint still looks very good, no crazing, no cracking but several spots have been touched up (by hood hinges and near Pinin Farina badge) and there are typical rock nicks on front bumper/valance and rear bumper, nothing that can’t be touched up w/black satin spray paint.
I’ve enjoyed this car tremendously for 5.5 years but recent addition of shelter Labradoodle requires something with more substantial back seat for a dog that loves convertibles.
In brief, this car is a blast to drive, light and fast, great exhaust note. I’d like to say the yellow/black trim color combo is a chick magnet but I’ve only had a senior citizen comment on how hot a car it was. Oh, and an 8-year old girl and her 5-year old brother, both normally Nascar fans, kids from the waitress in New Glarus to whom I give rides to every year.
Like they say about the Lotus Seven, the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Buy it and have a blast with it. I do urge you to have car inspected locally or if possible come and see for yourself. Any questions, I’ll do my best to answer.”
This is one of those cars that exactly three people in the world will be willing to shell out big bucks for as a package that to them is complete. Most will look at this and a list will be forming of what they want to do to it. I can’t wait to see how much it sells for.