The Borgo Di Carpiano is an Agriturismo inhabiting a restored castle/church/village in the hills between Gubbio, and Perugia. There was only one room open for one night while we would be in the area, and it was a bit of a drive from Gubbio, but we decided the drive was worth the experience – especially considering you typically have to book a year or more in advance to stay.
The buildings were impeccably restored over seven years from a ruin, and every detail is perfect. The owner Riccardo is a great car guy with a collection of Fiats. We talked cars as best we could, and I learned that the Borgo is a destination for lot of car enthusiasts from the US and UK. I am probably ruining my chances of being able to get another room, but then, you are probably going to go to Milan or Rome if you go to Italy, so we shall see.
Umbrian destinations all seem to be this evocative rough stone construction. You really feel like you’re somewhere else when you’re here. I love the ancient Italian door. I’ll be posting a big set of Italian door pictures when I get back.
We drove from San Sebastiano Curone to Gubbio yesterday – lot of driving, but worth the effort. Gubbio is a very old city in Umbria, it evokes a heavy sense of life and history I am not used to. A feeling of the small cycles, days, moons, seasons, lives, centuries, civilizations contained in many many many years, and what can be achieved by generations of hands altering the land. That clock still runs, sons and daughters take the places of mothers and fathers, over and over until whatever end if any there will ever be.
Not a lot of old cars on the streets of Italy, perhaps the message got around that they ought to be preserved indoors, out of the elements. What I have seen are well cared for drivers. I’ll post some here and… I am now, after years of probably stupid reluctance on Instagram. There is probably a link I can embed, but I haven’t figured it out. Search giuliettasdotcom and ask to follow!
Rufus thought this Citroen H van espresso bar was neat. Only really good coffee I got in Annecy. Not that the other cups were bad just nothing exceptional.
I am touched to see so many nice comments on recent posts! Life has gotten interesting (and very busy) for me – whether it’s gaining the perspective that comes from being a father, blowing through 45 and rapidly approaching 46, or wrestling with the whole “what do I want to do with my life” question, which seems like it ought to have been settled by now, and maybe is, but I don’t recognize it. In any case, the weird thing is, I can go to giuliettas dot com, and see that I did something once, something creative, something funny and meaningful to a few people, and then I realize, it is not over, I am just in the midst of a rather lengthy pause to catch my breath and think of something else to say.
My family in a tree in Costanoa Ca. Sometimes you get lucky and take a decent picture.
Giulietta Spider 10104 1495*09074. I look at this project car on eBay and it makes me realize I have changed. I used to see a project like this and it made me think “Wow, cool, it would be great fun to dig in and fix it up”, but now I see a bunch of disappointingly beyond repair pieces and chances to scrape my knuckles. Assuming the areas where the liners go into the block are not corroded, and that the inner rockers are “good enough” and that the seat pans are not all rusted to heck, and that the brake drums wont be destroyed by trying to get them off, and the gas tank is salvageable, and the steering wheel isn’t all bent and warped from trying to move this around the yard, and… you get the idea.
I may have changed in the direction of becoming more realistic about just how challenging a project like this is, but I still look at it and think it would be funny to get it running and driving and not do anything to the cosmetics. Actually, yeah, that would be fun for about 10 minutes. Continue reading
Hey all! It’s been a while since I posted anything here, and looking at the traffic, it appears that some of you occasionally stop by anyway. I did a little work on my Sprint two weeks ago, replacing a lower radiator hose that was cut by a poorly positioned steering joint cotter pin leg, and installed a new plug wire set after a rodent made a nest in my engine compartment and ate two of the wires. Fortunately, I caught the nest a few days into construction, so no real harm was done, but I did lose a little sleep thinking about how it would have gone had I not popped the hood on a whim. Would have been two months worth of nest which would have been ugly!
This is in the barn at the house I bought with a partner in Calaveras County near Murphys California. One of you lives up there – I saw a white Giulietta Spider on the road a couple of months ago while in town.
I’m going to Italy next month – maybe I’ll see a few of you on the road!
Jerome sent me a link to this video he made. Makes me want to head to Europe and drive around in a Giulietta!
A reader has this engine for sale. 00204 00249 out of an iron block 2 liter Touring Spider. Could be used in place of a 1900 engine with a little effort I think, or go in a 2 liter iron block Bertone Sprint – the 2600 body style cars – yeah, they did in fact make them in 2 liter form based on the 1900 engine for a few minutes on a late January day in 1959. Comes as pictured. $8500. Comment below if you want me to connect you with the seller. My email address for this site is locked for some reason.
Seems like a heck of a deal – I’ve seen just short blocks of these for over $6000.
I think these used a split case transmission like a Giulietta with a different bell housing. Pretty darn complete!
Looks to have never been apart.
Convenient distributor location!