I was checking links, trying to see where some projects I used to keep up on were and took a look at Will’s Sprint rebuild on FB. It hasn’t had anything posted in a while – unless updates have been made elsewhere. Something caught my eye when I was checking out his pictures. His car is a 10102 series, with a 1315*01XXXX engine, and a Mailand plate with 750B on it. Anyone know what’s up with this? Only 10105’s are supposed to have this series engine. I did a post a while back about trade agreement final assemblies in France, Mexico and Germany at one point but can’t seem to find it. Anyone know what the arrangement was between Alfa and Mailand?
This is the build plate set is from Will’s Sprint. It is original, and it is confusing!
I get questions from readers every few days about what year a certain car is given a VIN number, or what car a given engine number would have originally come in, or if an engine is original to a particular car. The information to answer these questions is scattered around this website, but it being a blog and not a very well organized one, it’s hard to find.
So, here it is, the Giulietta VIN and engine number cheat sheet. I apologize for the length and complexity of what was supposed to be an easy read, but I couldn’t figure out how to dumb it down much more.
This is an original build plate. Notice it has model, body and engine numbers. Notice the font. This is the easiest way to tell if a car has a matching engine. See caveat III below.
Update 8/18/2015: As yet finding it difficult to find a human whose tastes align with its character, this Giulietta Spider continues to float from mark-up to mark-up (I would have thought mark-down to mark-down -but who am I to speculate). Buy it now on eBay for $37,900 and be eschewed by Alfa owners, Cobra owners and those who aren’t comfortable in the presence of this much yellow. I mentioned in the last update that the clock was ticking toward a time when it would be an attractive value proposition to take this car back towards stock. That clock is still ticking.
Update 2/14/13: As they must, things seem to always come around. Henrik pointed out that this car is now on offer for (gulp) €380,000! Quite a bit more than the auction estimate of a few years ago. Is this crazy? I don’t really think so. A unique (refreshing to be able to use that word without hyperbole) rebody of an already very special car with an Abarth Tubular chassis, Alfa race intended engine rework to 1000cc etc. It’s a styling that works for some and doesn’t for others -like an Yves St Laurent masterpiece (for seldom do masterpieces satisfy all lookers or readers or…). It’s kind of a shame that both cars can’t exist. Do any of the other original Abarth examples survive?
Eddy sent me this image among some others from Retromobile. I guess the mismatched wheels are period and thus the way it has to be.
The recent listing for Sprint 20753 prompted Greg to send me the email I attached below. 45 years have passed since he sold 20377 and he wonders what it has been up to. Anyone have 20377 in their garage or know who does? I have 20379 in my garage, but they haven’t kept in touch…
I can be reached at sprints @ giuliettas.com if you do.
There’s something magical about an old picture of the cars we love. This one is from the late -1960’s. I went through my family albums and there are NO pictures of my dads old truck at all from 40 years of ownership. I like the fog lights on this car.
I get a lot of email from guys who just bought cars asking me if I’ve seen them before. Usually the answer is no, not because I haven’t seen the car, but because I’ve seen so many over the last few years that I’m just not sure. This is a Sprint Veloce, used as a race car in the past then moving to Europe in about 1990. Anyone recognize it? Owner would love to hear from you. Send me an email to get in contact with them.
From the archives:
According to our documentation files, the chassis number AR 1493 E 06923 originally corresponds to an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce, manufactured on the 8th August 1958 and sold on the 16th September 1958 to Hoffman Motor Car Co., New York, U.S.A.
The body colour is “azzurro Riviera” (AR 322).
Got a car that you’d like to try and find info on? I can post it for you just like this.
Without those numbers this could be my car! Hood looks to be flat black. Late 60’s 105 wheels. Another car headed for restored glory I hope!
Maurizo sends me a note: “I put this interesting video on YouTube.” That’s an understatement -this is like the first time I saw the Shell Coup Des Alps video -except a little more lingering on the cars here. Wow. How many stills from this film or photographs have I seen from this day 54-ish years ago!