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).
This car has appeared at Fantasy Junction and they have put it on eBay. I saw it in person today and it is a thing of beauty.
Giulietta Spider Veloce 10107 167610. Tom Sahines in the San Francisco Bay Area has put this fine specimen of a Spider Veloce on the market. Tom has been the ARA tech hotline for as long as I can remember, and has deep knowledge of Alfa’s cars from Giulietta to 164 and probably beyond. I’ve seen some of his restorations in person and they are astonishingly nice. Ever the engineer, astonishingly nice to look at is not Tom’s main goal; astonishingly nice to drive is. An unusual goal in a world where cars for resale tend to get the minimum attention to functionality.
The asking price is $140,000. This may seem high, but a 750D in similar condition sold at Scottsdale for $140K.
All the usual praise applies: great panel fit, impeccable bright-work and lust inspiring luster. Yes please!
Update 1/28/2014: $99,000 premium live auction result. This car has come a long way in almost 4 years. “The course of true love never did run smooth… So quick bright things come to confusion.”
Update 7/31/10: Seller ended the auction early when an acceptable bid came in. The new owner contacted me but a selling price was not revealed. I’m going to guess somewhere between $15k – $20k. New owner sounds enthusiastic about the car so hopefully the restoration will be seen through.
Giulietta Spider Veloce 750F 1495*03326, 1315*30818. This car is on eBay right now out of Michigan. As far as mostly disassembled roller projects go it is a pretty good starting point having matching numbers, not too much rust (I know -but I’ve seen so much worse) and no real accident damage. Step right up!
Nose looks great as a starting place -no ugly repairs to correct, no gaping rust holes and the Veloce intake divider seen here next to the drivers side marker light is in good shape.
Update7/12/13: This Spider is back on eBay after being cooped up for over a year. Samee pictures, so probably the same owner/seller. Have prices moved in 12 months?
July 5, 2012: Giulia Spider Veloce 10118*390417, 00121*01950. On eBay right now out of Novi Michigan -a city I’ve never heard of except as the source of a lot of eBay auctions for Alfa stuff. This car needs everything and is not for the faint of heart -but will yield an uncommon, very usable and valuable car when done. Some guys like the last of a breed, with all upgrades like disk brakes and more CC’s -if you’re one of those guys, this is the Spider for you. Me? I like the early stuff with small tail lights and drum brakes.
Lot’s of metal has been replaced along the wheel arch and rocker -looks to me like it will need touching up. Doesn’t look too scary here. I think lowering the soft top would be an improvement on presentation.
Giulietta Spider 750F 1495*07012. This car is available now out of Bethel CT from a seller who seems to have a never ending supply of Alfa projects to offer up. This car is a late SWB 750 Veloce, a desire-able thing these days, and it looks to have most of the hard to get stuff under the hood. Asking price is $26,500. Not bad if the rust isn’t too crippling. Might be a good deal if you’ve been considering adding one of these to the fleet.
Flat black has the potential to hide a multitude of sins. Looks straight at least. I wonder if the trim is included. Note the engine in the back ground.
Update 4/23/2013: Seller contacted me to tell me the original block is included. I guess this mitigates some of the ‘original engine’ perceptions. Can perceptions be mitigated? Hmmm.
Giulietta Spider 10125*10115. This clean Spider is available through Hemmings right now. They seem to let their listings ride for months -probably to keep the overall site listing count from dipping below some minimum, so there’s no guarantee it’s still available, but a quick call to the seller should tell. The car is very clean and shiny, with compelling, although way too dark to reveal much of the details images. If you are in the market for an early LWB Spider Veloce and $99,500 doesn’t scare you off, you should book a trip to PA and go take it for a drive.
Nearly invisible door shut lines? Check. Borrani wheels? Check. 20 footer? Check. Car looks really good, but these images are too dark and too low resolution to be more than marginally useful. Enough to base a trip to PA on I guess.
Update 3/2/13: Seller pulled the auction making me think it either didn’t seem like it was going to recoup their investment if the no reserve auction was allowed to play out, or they sold it off eBay. Not sure which is more likely…
Update 2/9/13: This car is available again on eBay out of Santa Barbara from someone who knows their Alfa’s if the garage it’s in is any indication. I had this listed as 11337, but it’s 11332. Looks pretty good all cleaned up!
Scrappy. Just needs some work and a few rare parts like the firewall mounted air box.