You forget they were new once

Jeff of Hardtuned shared these pictures with me that Tom Hardy shared with him of his dads new 750 Sprint.  Where is it now?

Maybe the Mt. Rose pass area of Lake Tahoe?  Sprints are pretty good off road.

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Period Bay Area 1600 Spider pictures

Jeffrey Writes that he bought this 1964 Spider 1600 for $3100 at Rezzaghi Motors in San Francisco while a graduate student.  A trip around the block in a friends Spider instigated the purchase – must have seemed like a race car compared to the Renault Dauphine he had at the time!  License plate was a California black plate MXR 778.  Is this car still around somewhere?  Drop me a line if you know of its where-abouts  Thank You for sharing these Jeffrey!

This was taken around the time the Marin Civic Center was completed.  Car looks fabulous!

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1960’s Sprint Speciale photographs in Germany

John sent me this note along with these great scans of period slides:

“These were taken by my father, John E. Grabowski, during his first tour of duty in Germany as a young officer in the U.S. Army. Timeframe would have been somewhere between 1965 and 1968 I believe. He was stationed in Manheim at the time. I scanned these from my late father’s old color slides. The only thing I know is that the Alfa belonged to a friend of my father’s, and that one of my father’s hobbies was photography (and he always loved sports cars).”

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Resting Sprints picture show

I’ve walked by these cars a few times, not really giving them a second glance. I suppose they are better preserved than a lot of others hiding in backyard hedges beside tilted fences in wetter climates but it still smarts a little to see these sad though save-able cars.

I’ve heard stories of running original Sprints robbed of mechanical parts to restore Spiders then cut up for disposal. It makes me wonder how many are left out there. I bet a third of the Sprints made still exist physically as cars but less than a third of those run. As the information age appropriates more of the world and makes it available perhaps the counts in registers and the like will become more accurate.

Back of a 101 Sprint showing heavy patina.

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Very cool photography link with Giulietta Sprint and Sprint Speciale content

This link was sent to me the other day and the premise is a pretty cool twist on the idea of re-enacting famous photographs.

“Automotive Monogamy”

Both the Sprint Speciale and its owner are nicely preserved. I wonder if there is a correlation between how one takes care of ones things and how one takes care of ones self.

I have some photographs of me about 16 years ago when I first got my 1974 Triumph Trident motorcycle that I still have and which is still in the same shape as it was then, maybe I should add my own chapter to this book.

If any of you readers out there has a car that you’ve had a long time, consider documenting your ownership in the same way. Your ancestors will appreciate it.