Update October 2 2015: I took the day off work to do some really fun stuff like go to a Dr. appointment and get my daily VW oil changed and smogged, and I was rolling by FJ and thought – hey, why not, and stopped in. I gotta say, this car is REALLY nice in person. Spencer told me it looks like it’s probably sold, but like Indiana Jones, in the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, you could probably swoop in and grab your hat before the door gets all the way down. Commendable restoration for sure.
If you licked it, it might taste like cherry or watermelon jolly rancher candy.
Giulietta Spider Veloce 750F 1495*01970, 1315*32969. This car is available from Fantasy Junction in Emeryville Ca for $145,000. I get asked most often if I know of any 1957 Spider Veloce’s for sale – well, here is one! Car looks very well restored, though I’m sure there is one or two of you right now seething at some incorrect minutiae. The engine number is not in the correct range (1315*30267 – 30761) for this year car, but as I commented* on my “What year…” post (see below), Veloce engines blew up and were replaced. This old post has a discussion of what it may mean. The restorer did us a favor and stamped a new build plate with the number for the engine in the car – that won’t cause any confusion in 50 years.
Looking good – has that wet lollipop sheen that somehow triggers heightened desire. I have worked on a lot of these cars, I can tell you it is an astonishing amount of work to get to this point from a bare shell in need of rust repair (not saying this needed rust repair – just that its a ton of work to get a car together from a shell to yum).
Amazing. Some of you eschew the stickers. I think it’s okay – they will only last a few years then leave a darkened adhesive ghost behind.
This looks better than the top side of most Giulietta’s I write about.
Again, a ton of work to get this right. No over-spray on door jamb bolt heads. Bravo.
Not original, but it ties things together nicely.
Last Veloce engine was 33000.
If it drives as good as it looks, it will be amazing.
*”Caveat II: 750 Veloce engines: Veloces were driven hard. Cars were crashed and engines blew up catastrophically and replacements were required. These were found most often from Normales, but occasionally as transplants from wrecked Veloces or even blank factory replacement blocks. Sometimes these replacements were reworked to factory Veloce Spec, usually they were not. Your Veloce is still a Veloce without its original Veloce engine, the rarer the Veloce the more so this is the case, and the less it really matters. If you have a Veloce and the engine number doesn’t make sense with what you are reading here, your car doesn’t have its original engine. Read that again so I don’t have to repeat it. I have had numerous conversations with owners who swear they have the exception to the rule… a Veloce with a factory installed Normale block -how could it not be original, it was done so well!!”