Update November 30, 2016: This car exceeded estimates by a bit, selling for 151,200 Euros or $160,046. Parity approaches! I’m going to say this was a good deal for both parties to the sale. The seller got more than they were expecting (if the estimates were no artificially low) and the buyer bought a car that will one day be a million euro’s if trends continue.
Thank you Marco Pestana for sending the link, and for keeping the vintage Alfa revs up in general!
October 19, 2016: Giulietta Sprint Veloce 750E 1495*01861, 1315*30052, 77052. This early Sprint Veloce is being auctioned at the same time as Spider 00016 at Duemila Ruote November 27 – 29 2016, in Italy. I bet some of you were expecting this write up today.
I have only had opportunity a few times to write about a project Alleggerita Sprint Veloce over the years – mostly because these have been expensive cars for a long time. These were $100,000 cars when you could get a good original Sprint Speciale for less than $20,000, and buy a decent house in Oakland for $350,000. Project in terms of a Sprint Veloce Alleggerita usually means raced half to death, rebuilt, raced half to death again, rebuilt again, over and over in what could be many cycles over many years. It’s not uncommon for original engines to have gone missing, replaced hopefully by a Veloce block with a “near neighbor” VIN. Also typically gone are the special lightweight seats and other bits that prove a challenge (satisfying challenge I imagine) to source.
When was the last time you saw a Sprint Veloce Alleggerita in this condition? Not you two guys – you have them in your garage – that’s not fair! The last and only one I recall is the burned out project in Southern California of a few years ago. Never heard whether it was a real one verified by numbers, or what happened to it. Anyone? This car looks pretty good! Once benefit of frequent racing is the heat cycles, care and track inspection requirements keep rust at bay. This thing will probably be in bare metal by Christmas.
From the back we see some bumps and bruises, but nothing catasrophic. Check for replacement panel welds – catastrophic happens with regularity on the track. These look like the Heinbrand SZ wheels of 15 years ago – not sure if they’re still available. I used to have contact info for a place in the UK who would make you new plexi windows for your Alleggerita or helicopter.
Interior is what you expect from a former race car, but honestly, a lot more of the original bits are there than you might think. Lots to do, lots to source, lots to scratch your head in wonder at. I would consider finding better placement for the fuel tank.
Engine has been dropped in for easy transport, and has all the modifications one expects of a race car. Headers, open intake pointed up to catch anything that happens to enter the engine compartment and break the engine in an attempt to consume it. Interesting this was raced with 40DCO3’s. I am going to guess that the block on the pallet is the original matching number one.
Bertone number as expected. This early in production it’s probably not uncommon for the engine serial number to match the Bertone number, but this is not required for it to be matching number.
Build plate looks original to me. This is what ties all the numbers together.
Engine number stamping looks correct to me. Buyer should assume this block will require some skilled reconstruction.
I think the Sprint Veloce Alleggerita is my favorite of the Giuliettas. I would happily work on this as my sole Giulietta project for many years. Anyone have $150K I can borrow? Or is that $250K? We’ll know in a month.