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
Update December 15, 2016: Someone has been busy! This car has surfaced five and a half years later at Fantasy Junction with a comprehensive restoration and a $79,500 asking price. It’s satisfying when you see a car come full circle. Anyone know who did the restoration? Some things aren’t exactly to factory original – but a Veloce spec 1400cc engine build is a nice thing to have.
Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*01594, 1315*41667. This lovely example is available now on eBay out of Illinois. These very early 750D’s are about as blue chip as a classic gets – they are mechanically simple, surprisingly fast, and can be quite reliable. As the description points out, this is a largely original example, without the usual “upgrades” such as a split case 5 speed, or disk brakes. As these cars continue to be discovered by collectors, originality to spec will hold more value.
If you showed me this picture and said it was 40 years old I’d believe you except maybe it would have a bit of a sepia tone to it. Node looks really well balanced and straight – hard to achieve on a car that has seen any work.
Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*00861, 1315*40850. This numbers matching Spider 750D, available now on eBay is from the end of the second year of production. In elegant white with red interior, it looks like a no nonsense well cared for example that is ready to be enjoyed. Buy it Now price of $77,500 is probably a tad more than most Alfa enthusiasts will want to pay for it, and I’d really like to see the engine compartment in body color at this price. Make an offer a few thousand less and get the engine compartment painted if it concerns you.
Whoever at Alfa in the early 50’s was making the decisions about design and styling did an exceptional job. All the Giulietta models walk a line between universal appeal and no compromises beauty in a way that no other model line from any maker I can think of has.
Spider 750D 1495*05489, AR00530*11182* (not original). This car recently received 31 bids and made $16,000 on eBay – but of course it is now relisted and receiving bids again. Visible rust indicates there will be a lot of repair needed, although the trunk floor is surprisingly good. It’s missing the transmission, front bumpers and center grill – none of which is particularly hard to find or expensive. This is a good project for someone who has done this sort of project before.
Has the look of a parts car that someone realized was probably valuable in it’s own right. Nose looks decent. I’m going to guess the hood is not original.
Update October 13, 2016. Another success story. Eight years ago almost to the day this car was a stalled project, looking like a few bucks and hoping for rain in the form of a value bump enough to be worth tidying up and putting back together for either enjoyment or resale. That rain came.
I like the color combo and the restoration was done by a Giulietta specialist well known for quality work in Alfa circles. I’m guessing that a discussion about a purchase price around the $44,000 asking could buy it. I’m also guessing everyone involved would be happy since it’s very likely better in person as it looks in pictures.
It’s strange to think you can become immune enough to the charms of something like this that you lose the wonder and awe you felt the first time you saw one. Gotta get my steel and aluminum 3D printer working.
Spider 750D 1495*03800, 1315*43557. This Spider sold September 16th 2015 via a BringaTrailer (BaT) auction for $58,800. If I read their rules right, seller will see $58,550 of this – not too bad! Buyer pays 5%, up to a max of $5000 to BaT, making this a $61,700 purchase. Auction has no fixed end time -as long as there is a bid within 3 minutes of the last bid after the end date/time, it keeps going, and there is no fixed bid value increment – you can beat the last guy by a penny! Pretty cool.
Handsome car this. Ready to be used and hopefully enjoyed.