Giulietta Sprint Veloce 10106*159755, 00106*02602. This car was auctioned by Artcurial on November 1 but failed to sell. Bluette or Tornado blue is a great color. Numbers are matching, and it’s pretty complete, but there is some non-originality and loose ends to be fussed over by the prospective new owner.
Fog / driving lights recall seldom seen Bertone accessories -probably Cibie or Marchal units. Looks like an honest driver Sprint in a very nice setting.
Giulietta Sprint 750B 1493*06376. This car is available on eBay out of Oak Lawn Illinois. It is about as far apart as a Sprint can get and lacks an engine. Body has rust. Not terrible, but not trivial either. If this was in my neighborhood I’d be tempted by it -being a sucker for hard luck cases and all, and wanting a Series 1 750B quite a bit. A reader has 2 complete 1959 750B engines for sale in California at $5K each if you are considering this.
This has the little grill bar trims. Nose is pretty straight. Looks to have some corrosion in the lower edge.
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.
Update October 5 2015: Incase you spent the last 4 years wishing you had bought this car – well, you get another chance. It’s back on eBay. Looks to have been improved a bit, but still has a ways to go.
Paint is looking pretty good these days. Grill is still from an early 750B or Spider. Good luck adding a front bumper if that’s something you would care about.
Update September 5 2011: Wow, $25,800 is pretty serious for this car. Ummm, maybe I should stop driving mine every day? Nah.
Giulietta Sprint 10105 1493*21083. This car is on eBay right now out of Temecula in southern California. Car wears its original California black plate but none of the originality usually associate with a black plate car. A lot of difficult to source trim is missing, engine is incorrect, interior is mostly wrong components with incorrect finish among other things. It runs and drives (yay) but will require a lot to be original. Would make a great beginning for a CSRG or other vintage racing group car. Looks nice though.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice looking example. Sprints are good cars, this example would bring a smile to your face every time you drove it. I don’t mind the lack of badges, bumpers or hubcaps, but the trim that runs along the top of the rockers is necessary to the shape.
Update October 2 2015: I took the day off work to do some really fun stuff like go to a Dr. appointment and get my daily VW oil changed and smogged, and I was rolling by FJ and thought – hey, why not, and stopped in. I gotta say, this car is REALLY nice in person. Spencer told me it looks like it’s probably sold, but like Indiana Jones, in the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, you could probably swoop in and grab your hat before the door gets all the way down. Commendable restoration for sure.
If you licked it, it might taste like cherry or watermelon jolly rancher candy.
Giulietta Spider Veloce 750F 1495*01970, 1315*32969. This car is available from Fantasy Junction in Emeryville Ca for $145,000. I get asked most often if I know of any 1957 Spider Veloce’s for sale – well, here is one! Car looks very well restored, though I’m sure there is one or two of you right now seething at some incorrect minutiae. The engine number is not in the correct range (1315*30267 – 30761) for this year car, but as I commented* on my “What year…” post (see below), Veloce engines blew up and were replaced. This old post has a discussion of what it may mean. The restorer did us a favor and stamped a new build plate with the number for the engine in the car – that won’t cause any confusion in 50 years.
Looking good – has that wet lollipop sheen that somehow triggers heightened desire. I have worked on a lot of these cars, I can tell you it is an astonishing amount of work to get to this point from a bare shell in need of rust repair (not saying this needed rust repair – just that its a ton of work to get a car together from a shell to yum).
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 750B 1493*00977, 1315*01023, Body 65970. Yesterday I was really excited about Sprint 00656, today I am, if possible, more excited about Sprint 00977 available form the same seller. I’m more of a green guy than a red guy, and this car just looks right to me. I realize it probably has some originality deficiencies that someone with more authority than me will point out, but thats okay, I’d take it just as it is. I have seen 3 sub-1000 Sprints come on the market in the last few weeks, must be a virus that’s going around.
Anyone near enough to go verify the body number and give us a test drive or in-person review?
That is a great car in a great color. I wonder how original it was before the restoration? Looks to have rolled lip rims still. Even has the neat little turn signal lights and jack point covers.