Update December 15, 2016: Someone has been busy! This car has surfaced five and a half years later at Fantasy Junction with a comprehensive restoration and a $79,500 asking price. It’s satisfying when you see a car come full circle. Anyone know who did the restoration? Some things aren’t exactly to factory original – but a Veloce spec 1400cc engine build is a nice thing to have.
Giulia Spider 10123*392429, 00112*16057. Just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should. This car sold for $8000 on eBay recently, very very very likely for its parts. Look at it. Under the red rattle can is, well, about 40% of a Spider. The closer to the ground you get, the less there is until you reach the thin film of rust scale that inevitably forms under it whenever left in one place for an extended period. There are places where you could take a 1 foot by 1 foot sample of where you think a Spider ought to be, and not get any metal at all -good thing you are a human and can see that the missing piece is the missing piece of a car.
It looks not too bad from this angle, but like that scene in a horror show/movie, you haven’t yet realized you are seeing the dead, because from this angle it just looks like an attractive woman. The dead with great door to body panel gaps.
Giulietta Spider 10103 370029. This Spider, one of the first examples from the last series of 1300’s is available on eBay now out of Southern California. Buy it Now price is $75,000, somewhat high for this particular series -despite its nice fit and finish. (For comparison, Fantasy Junction has a SWB 750F Veloce for $95,000).
Very nice car in a domain to make most car guys jealous. Everything fits together well enough that I am going to guess this is a car that has not seen major work.
Update 8/19/2015: This car is back on the market after having some work done. The body is better than it probably bought to be considering the snowy woodpile it spent several years associating with. What is a restored LWB Normal of this vintage worth these days? $50K? $60K? $20K? I don’t really know -haven’t been paying enough attention, but this doesn’t seem like a bad deal at $12,500, but you probably need to be near by and fancy a challenging project. Perhaps a garage endeavor to work on in your retirement? Be aware, last I checked, there were not too many places willing to take on metal replacement.
Update 7/1/12: This car sold for $10,201. The saga continues!
Giulietta Spider 10103 1495*09100. Projects are in fashion, and this rough around the edges interim car is riding the wave on eBay right now. It’s not too bad, not too good, just your usual needs everything project. If you jump now it could be yours -current bidding is a paltry $7350. Summer is upon us!
Busted in the nose, but trim unharmed, with lots of weird corrosion. Looks neither good nor bad -just a but rough. There’s a bit of corrosion in the rocker visible here.
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
Giulietta Spider 750D 1495*02553, 1315*04353 (non-matching). This car is available now on eBay out of Connecticut with a $17,500 Buy it Now. It’s a long way from any semblance of nice or usable, but it’s a 1957 model and 56-57 Spiders seem to be more sought after than the later siblings, probably due to the idea of ‘event eligibility’. Anyone have a 1957 that got them into an event that a 1958 would not have? Like everything else, I suspect it’s about who you know, and the magnitude of check you can write.
It’s amazing how the 7000 or so 750D Spiders ever made seem to have transformed into an endless supply of projects like this. Step one? A big can of Kroil. Step two? Get good with Excel.