Market 499: Spider 750D 1146: complete and 80% there

Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*01146, 1315*41158.  Just ended today on eBay with 14 bids, the highest of which was $4051.  It’s always sad to behold a car that is just plain beyond reasonable help.  Judging by the level of completeness, it was probably parked with a leaky valve stem in 1969, and the battery drained before it could be fixed, then winter set in and you know the rest.  A 1956 model year Giulietta seems to carry slightly more ‘early model’ cache than a 1957, so perhaps someone with a donor body, or connection to inexpensive foreign skilled labor will decide this is worth having a go at.  After all, this car restored to the standards a couple guys around the country can achieve is probably an $80,000 + car.  Sorry for the order of the pictures, I’m still working out how the bulk media uploader works on my CMS.

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Rust may never sleep, but it does move at different paces in different places.  If this was on the north coast of Kauai all you would find are the headlight glasses, tires and anything else plastic, rubber or glass surrounding an oxide welded barely recognizable lump of used-to-be engine.   Continue reading

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Market 498: Late 1300 Spider project 171160

Giulietta Spider 10103 171160.  This car is available from the same seller as the car featured in Market 497, on eBay out of Connecticut.  They made about 500 1300 Spiders after this one in 1961, putting it near the end of 1300 production – not much of a distinction I suppose.  Engine block is blank, indicating a factory short block replacement – probably under warranty if the stories the oldtimers tell are true.

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You can kind of picture the downhill slide – minor fender-bender (or nose in this case) becomes multi-decades long neglect, complete with parts car status at some point.  Interesting light configuration.  One is fog, the other spot if the PO had any sense. Continue reading

Market 497: Spider 750D 02553 incomplete basketcase

Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*02553, 1315*04353 (non-matching).  This car is available now on eBay out of Connecticut with a $17,500 Buy it Now.  It’s a long way from any semblance of nice or usable, but it’s a 1957 model and 56-57 Spiders seem to be more sought after than the later siblings, probably due to the idea of ‘event eligibility’.  Anyone have  a 1957 that got them into an event that a 1958 would not have?  Like everything else, I suspect it’s about who you know, and the magnitude of check you can write.

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It’s amazing how the 7000 or so 750D Spiders ever made seem to have transformed into an endless supply of projects like this.  Step one?  A big can of Kroil.  Step two?  Get good with Excel.

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Market 496: Giulia Spider 1600 374563, with a 1300

Giulia Spider 1600 10123 AR374563, 1315*012684 (non-matching).  This car is available now on eBay out of St Johns, Florida.  Seller purchased the car from Fantasy Junction in 2003 and used it sparingly.  This car would have originally had an 00112 series 1600 engine, but is currently fitted with a 750-to-101 transition 1300 unit from probably mid-1960.  If one were looking for an attractive and fundamentally sound driver 101 Spider that will likely end at a reasonable price, this could be a good option.  Originality purists will find lots to complain about/nitpick here, but one needs to keep in mind the qualities that make these cars the generally well regarded, desirable objects that they are: smile inducing drivability and beautiful lines, both of which this example possesses.

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When you have spent a lot of time with something, you can forget the things that originally attracted you to it.  Imagine this is your first time seeing a Giulietta Spider.

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Market 495: Sprint Veloce Basket case 10124*23895

Giulietta Sprint 10124 1493E*23895, 00106*01059 & 00102*29231.  This Sprint Veloce is on eBay being offered by Classic Invest out of Denver Colorado.  It is incomplete, but tempting for a guy like me who has boxes of parts and a scruffy Sprint Normal to potentially move a bunch of parts off of.  This series of Sprint seems to have come with an 00106 Veloce engine, the US version of the early 10106 Sprint Veloce.  I have 10124 23899 in my picture files, and it has an 00106 engine with 40DCOE’s instead of 40DCO3’s.

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I worked on a car like this, that had been painted at some  point in the last 10 years and then was stored a lot like this.  There will be scuffs and scratches to the extent that you may just want to go for it and repaint it now while the painting is easy.  Grills look alright.   Continue reading

Market 494: Basketcase Sprint 750B 06248

Giulietta Sprint 750B 1493*06248, 1315*05668.  This jigsaw puzzle of a Sprint is on eBay out of Dallas.  Bumpers excepted it looks somewhat complete at first glance (Lionel is going to ask me to define complete again) but you have to wonder how useable all the parts are.  Some metal repair has been done, the quality of which is near impossible to determine without seeing it in person, but if you go into this assuming a lot of it will be redone to meet your very high standards, you can just pretend it still has gaping rust holes.  Pete’s has this car listed with a, $11,500 sticker price.  Not a bad deal for someone who already has one of these under restoration.

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One wonders at the 56 year road that now sees this car stripped of parts and in primer in a gravel parking lot in Dallas.  Doesn’t look too bad from this angle if you are not afraid of fasteners. Continue reading

Market 492: Sprint 10102 24709 -Gone in 60 seconds

Giulietta Sprint 10102*24709, 00102*17231.  This fellow was listed at Fantasy Junction in their new arrivals, and it went from there directly to their Sold listings.  I stopped by to ask Spencer about it and he told me they put it on their site and had a deposit that day.  Asking was $52,500 and they got a thick hair below that.  Tom Sahines recently did some work on it (a good thing!) for the seller, and it looks to be very nice looker/driver.  Someone is in for some fun with a good looking blond.

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It’s funny to be putting fresh eyes on a Market Report – it’s been a while since I did more than a quick one.  Everything here looks tidy and proper.  I wonder how they get the licorice rope edging to stay on the car?  You can see mine on the header above is lifting. 

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