Update October 12, 2016: Nice to see this charming project making a fresh appearance. The times have seriously changed since late 2009 / early 2010! This model has surged in value, parts availability has improved a bit, and getting quality work done has gotten much more expensive and necessary. On top of that, my taste for ragged drivers has diminished a bit (see my original comments below for a laugh).
The car has been soda-blasted and treated to some metal repairs that look to have been competently done. It comes with many of its original parts that 6 years ago were slated to be sold separately. Good deal.
Looks like the same car from many moons ago. What’s that blue thing sitting next to it? I watched a friend repair a bunch of metal in a car like this, that started out looking about this good. Was quite an ordeal, and not in any way cheap.
I’m going to guess the seller is several years into getting it to this point. Hopefully pictures prior to application of primer are available. It really is a lot of work, so documenting it is important if you want to get the value from the work.
Giulietta Sprint Speciale 10120*177258, 00120*01569. This SS is available now out of the UK. Price as listed is a whopping $192,680… that’s “still new in the crate” pricing, but I suspect that’s the negotiable “when it’s done” price, which is not out of the question, but will require some really stellar work to make reasonable. Metal work has been completed and the car is ready for paint.
I continue to be surprised by how many of these cars have survived. This looks like it is well on its way to being one of the nicer restored ones. I like the lights and bumper fitted look. Makes you feel like you’re on the down hill side of the project. Continue reading
October 29 2015: This car has come back on the market after a bit of a hibernation and a healthy coat of rattle can primer. Interesting to read my comments from 2008 and think about how the market has moved since. It probably changed hands for just under $10,000 back then, and now it’s already at $14,200 with 31 bids and just under 3 days to go. Amazing how things change.
Looks like a nicer starting point today than it did 7 years ago. Also noteworthy is that this is a 10102, not a 10105, so it, has metric gauges and was originally probably meant for Italy -though it may have been a Mexico or Venezuela bound car. Anyone know if Mexico or Venezuela cars have Italian language gauge inserts?
October 10 2008: I’m sure at least one of you out there were wondering what the seller wants for this car. Well wonder no longer, this car is available now on Hemmings website. Asking price is $11,900. Are we in a financial crisis or not? More pictures can be seen on Picasa (unless like me your employer blocks Picasa access for some reason). What do I think? For $11,900 this car should run, drive, stop and not make you worry about when you last had a Tetanus shot. Subtract the cost to make it so and you are back to a $5500 car. It is a free country though so be prepared to see this car on the market for a while.
September 22 2008: Reserve not met! Bidding ended at $5950 with 15 bids placed. I bet the seller wanted $6000 and is trying to make a deal with the high bidder. Relists always fall flat and this is pretty good money for this car.
Giulietta Sprint 10102 1493*20205, engine 1315*010311. Here is a reportedly rust free 101 Sprint Project that is currently on eBay out of Florida. I would want to verify the rust free claim with pictures as Florida has a climate that promotes rust. Car wears new tires which is a plus at least as far as rolling it around while working on it is concerned and if they are of good quality your $300 ahead of the game. Everything on the outside is still bolted in place though it’s tough to tell for sure from the pictures it all looks reasonably straight.
You can assume the ‘blush’ on the front of this car hides surface rust of the sort seen on the drivers door. I like the fender-forward mounted mirrors (maybe a Japanese market car?) and the trim looks good. If you are bidding, assume it will all need rechroming.
Giulietta Sprint 750B 1493*00356. Listed on Anamera out of Indonesia. I thought I saw this car out of US east coast on eBay at one point. Maybe the eBay seller was really in Indonesia? It’s early and it’s rough, but it is not hopeless…
If it was local I’d go have a look for sure. Looks to have been well used, but left too long in the rain. Should have the short windshield?
Giulietta Sprint 10106 ARE159104, 1315*42314 (not matching, from a 750D Spider). This car is on eBay right now from the same seller as the two Spider projects concurrently listed out of Connecticut. Matching number 00106 engine is missing, and it needs a lot of help, but these late Sprint Veloces seldom show up in any form for sale. I know they guy who bought this on Craigslist about 10 years ago out of the Mojave desert area – assuming this is the only Sprint Veloce in this paint scheme of course. As usual, it’s a Sprint project and I find myself tempted. Not the best group of pictures I’ve had to work with.
Not the only metallic purple Sprint I’ve seen, but yes, the only one with white Vikings style swooshes. Looks like a steering column switch gear sticking out on the right, and a control arm part on the left. You could live with these grills. I’d be kind of tempted to get it going and drive it with this livery for a while. Continue reading
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.
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
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