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 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.
Giulia Spider 10123*392429, 00112*16057. Just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should. This car sold for $8000 on eBay recently, very very very likely for its parts. Look at it. Under the red rattle can is, well, about 40% of a Spider. The closer to the ground you get, the less there is until you reach the thin film of rust scale that inevitably forms under it whenever left in one place for an extended period. There are places where you could take a 1 foot by 1 foot sample of where you think a Spider ought to be, and not get any metal at all -good thing you are a human and can see that the missing piece is the missing piece of a car.
It looks not too bad from this angle, but like that scene in a horror show/movie, you haven’t yet realized you are seeing the dead, because from this angle it just looks like an attractive woman. The dead with great door to body panel gaps.
Giulietta Spider 10103 370029. This Spider, one of the first examples from the last series of 1300’s is available on eBay now out of Southern California. Buy it Now price is $75,000, somewhat high for this particular series -despite its nice fit and finish. (For comparison, Fantasy Junction has a SWB 750F Veloce for $95,000).
Very nice car in a domain to make most car guys jealous. Everything fits together well enough that I am going to guess this is a car that has not seen major work.
Update 8/19/2015: This car is back on the market after having some work done. The body is better than it probably bought to be considering the snowy woodpile it spent several years associating with. What is a restored LWB Normal of this vintage worth these days? $50K? $60K? $20K? I don’t really know -haven’t been paying enough attention, but this doesn’t seem like a bad deal at $12,500, but you probably need to be near by and fancy a challenging project. Perhaps a garage endeavor to work on in your retirement? Be aware, last I checked, there were not too many places willing to take on metal replacement.
Update 7/1/12: This car sold for $10,201. The saga continues!
Giulietta Spider 10103 1495*09100. Projects are in fashion, and this rough around the edges interim car is riding the wave on eBay right now. It’s not too bad, not too good, just your usual needs everything project. If you jump now it could be yours -current bidding is a paltry $7350. Summer is upon us!
Busted in the nose, but trim unharmed, with lots of weird corrosion. Looks neither good nor bad -just a but rough. There’s a bit of corrosion in the rocker visible here.
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.
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
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.
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.