Market 240: Sprint 750B 08689 on wires!

Update February 3 2016: This car has come back on the eBay market out of New York.  It’s sold as a car with one owner for over 30 years – but I think that can be said for many many Giuliettas that come on the market – even mine!  Interesting counterpoint to the Sprint out of Mexico I wrote about yesterday.

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Bravo on a nice picture.  I like the new yellow headlamps.  I’m still at odds with the wire wheels.  We’ll see how much value the clover leaf stickers and headlamps add.

Update January 12 2012: I have it on good word that this car has been sold.

Update January 7 2012:  The time they are a changin’ for our favorite little coupe.  Just 18 months ago this 750B Sprint 08689 struggled to reach $25,000 on eBay, and now, today it is listed for $64,500 by Fantasy Junction with a big ‘Sale Pending’ sign under it.  It looks amazing in the photos, and with a two liter engine should be a blast to drive, but this price for an Abnormale?  I guess.

A little wide in the stance with these wire wheels.  Attention to detail is impressive, as is the coat of shine.

Update August 10  2010: 22 bids reaching $25,450 didn’t see the reserve met.  I think it must have been close though, as nice as this car is it’s still not matching number or unmodified and the market for a car like this is always smaller than that for an original car.  Look for the sequel on eBay where it ends about $2k cheaper than this time.

Giulietta 750B 1493*08689, 1315*07545 (originally -2 liter now) Bertone 658076. This car is on eBay right now out of New York.  Aside from the immediately obvious wire wheels it has been modified somewhat, albeit tastefully, to look a bit more like the earlier 750 series Sprints and the bumper mounting brackets have been eliminated.  Gauges have been replaced by Giulia Super items which is in my opinion not the best approach but probably helped with hooking up of the 2 liter engine that now powers it.

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I just don’t know about wires on a Sprint… call me traditional or whatever, but they seem better suited to British cars with wood a major component in the build.  This front end treatment is not as uncommon as you would think.  I’ve seen a few others.  All that said it is a great looking car!

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Like mine only shinier, faster and with a sportier stance.  Door shut lines look great but you have to work to make them less than great since they are so good from the factory.

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Auction says only the carpet is new.  If so then this is among the best original interiors I’ve seen.  Gauges are weird but all in all they do work aesthetically in a Fiat 850 coupe sort of way.

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Original? -looks like it to me.  If so then there should be the number 076 or just 76 on the back of these carpet panels written in Italian long hand with grease pencil.

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Auction says this is a hardura mat.  Presence of rubber bumpers, prop wire connected to the boot lid and others give the sense of this being a well sorted car.  No spare?  No jack?

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Borrani wires are desirable for lots of cars.  They do look cool.  Hmmm.

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Description says drums were drilled for lightness… I think it was more for effect when looking through the spokes.  Couldn’t be more than a pound or two of metal from all four.  Again -looks cool though and that’s what it’s all about.

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Fresh 2 liter in a very clean engine compartment.  Good stuff.  Original engine is not included but could probably be tracked down.  Note how clean the underhood mat, struts and light are.

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What’s that wire doing? Hello my name is…

This is a pretty well done car as far as abnormale’s goes. Wirewheels are one of those ‘if that’s what you’re into’ things and I’d probably learn to like them after a few old guys complimented me at shows.  The gauges, while not a deal breaker are odd as is the changes to the front end.  All in all I think someone is going to really like this thing!

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13 thoughts on “Market 240: Sprint 750B 08689 on wires!

  1. Wow, your eye for detail, and knowledge of “correctness” is why I am intimidated in my restoration project. I’ll be afraid of a real Alfisti seeing it! Thanks for sharing.
    Bob

  2. I really like this car as a Sport Touring event car. This would be great on the California Targa, and nothern California touring events.

  3. I also am impressed by the efforts the constructor seems to have done here. Note in addition to the “wide eyebrow front-end conversion” that the body stamping external seams usually visible behind the bumpers have been carefully removed for the bumper-removed look. The stray wire near the I.D. plate is the antenna wire, a non-Alfa routing but common, yet the radio isn’t there any more. Many high grade bits on this car for modern freeway use…

  4. Hi,

    Great site you’ve got here and I’m glad to say I am the current owner of this car. I agree its not original but also agree that the caliber of the restoration and the driving experience made it irresistible for me. So far, I love it!

      • Thanks Matt. The other thing not mentioned is the sound of this car. It has one very impressive exhaust not under power. Makes me think baby Ferrari from that same vintage.

      • I have a video somewhere of me speeding towards and then past a video camera with the Sprint singing high in the rev’s. I’ll have to post it. I’m not sure why, but 750 series engines seem to have an even raspier/sweet tearing silk exhaust note.

        Matt

  5. Cannot imagine how 55 year old leather could look so new, without being new! Even red leather chairs in barely-used interiors don’t so look so good after that many years. Amazing–or a lie….it’s but a distinction without a difference. With the 2.0 it must go very, very well!

  6. Its not leather. This is vinyl. I sold the car this past summer and miss it. It runs like a scalded cat and sounds great doing it. Good luck to the new owner

    • Greg, Matt,
      I have some interest in this car and would love to be able to get in touch with you Matt to get some history and impressions of the car. My research suggests that the seats were actually recovered by a kit from world upholstery (worlduph.com). If you look at their seat cover pics for the Giulietta it appears to be the same car. Can see the steering wheel and one of the New England 1000 plaques that have since been taken off but were on in the Fantasy Junction pics.

      DaveW

  7. Matt, Gregg
    I came across this site as I have some interest in the above “abnormale”. Matt I would love to connect with you to learn more about the car’s history as far as you know it and also what you liked/disliked about it, why you sold it etc. . . From my research it appears that the seats were indeed recovered with covers from world upholstery. If you look on their site in the AR section there appears to be a picture of this car with its new seat covers. In the close up pic you can see the steering wheel as well as one of the New England 1000 plaques that are on in the Fantasy Junction pics when they had it up for sale but are no longer on the dash.

    Anyway I have some interest but also many questions before I look into it more closely. They are asking $79,000 for it which seems rather steep seeing as the last Ebay sale only had it bid up to $47,000 I believe.

    Thanks for any and all info and assistance.

    DaveW
    London, Ontario, Canada

    • Hi Dave

      This is Greg and I bought it from Fantasy Junction in q1 2012 and owned it until Aug 2015. When I bought it there was a file that I passed along that showed evidence of at least 2 others owners since the restorer bought it in the mid 90s from the estate of the original Northern California buyer. I sold it to a dealer who kept it a short time and changed the exhaust but then it showed up at a NY dealer earlier this year. Hmmm sounds like a few more than one owner! Regardless this is an awesome car and drives like a scalded cat. Docile at idle and in traffic but wind it up for that awesome sound and thrust. Also the chassis is well balanced and the paint is in great shape for 20 year old age. I did some work to keep it in top form and the owner before me had a mechanic that is one of the best maintaining it and you can see the caliber of the mid 90 s restoration that are the foundation. I like the period correct restomod side of it so that is the main point of contention for those criticizing its non originality.

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