Update November 11, 2016. This car is listed on ebay again out of Greenville South Carolina. It’s funny to read my old write up – so earnest! This car has been improved a tiny bit – most notably with Sprint seats being added, but still has a few things that could be improved if the new owner so desired. Or not.
Still a good looking example. This dealer had a Giulietta TI listed recently. Very little distortion on the side of the body in the reflection.
Having this blog to look back on is pretty neat – I get to revisit my younger self, see what I thought about stuff, and reflect on what’s changed. Most people can probably relate to how it feels when they discover an old essay they wrote for school, or a set of pictures from some big event in their life – a very human mix of nostalgia, slightly embarrassed introspection and my-god-where-has-the-time-gone reflection on changing priorities. Anyway, I was doing some house keeping and found this post. I think it is as useful now as it was then.
Me in a younger mans clothes – a few days before I wrote this post. How’s the Sprint Veloce doing Corey?
From July 30, 2008: Cleaning up the differential housing was one of those jobs I resisted doing for a while. Every time I looked at it the 2 hours of scraping, solvent bathing and degreaser scrubbing I would have to do flashed before my eyes and I found something else to do. Last week I rearranged a lot of my stuff to fit the Berlina in my space and found myself once again faced with this greasy lump in a tray sitting on my bench top waiting for me to clean it. It was time to face the subject of so much procrastination.
The housing was covered in a thick coating of dirt that had bonded with oil and built up over the years. To save time and solvent I used a small scraper to remove the big stuff. By the time I was done I had removed probably three pounds of the caked oily dirt.
Greasy oily goo scraped off easily, but there was so much of it that it took about an hour to get it ready for a solvent bath.
5/8/2013: This feller has popped up for sale at Bonhams at their up coming Spa Auction. Estimate is $53,000 – $66,000. Probably a bit on the low side.
“‘The Alfa, in a few words then, is a small car with a rev-happy dohc engine that can carry two people from point A to point B over all types of roads quicker than most cars twice its size. It does this not with blinding speed but with a wonderful combination of roadholding, compact size and sheer willingness.’ – Car & Driver on the Giulietta Sprint.”
Five years later and no new pictures. Thanks Jerry for pointing this sale out to me.
6/10/2008: Giulietta Sprint Veloce 750 AR1493E08721, Engine 1315*32399. Listed for sale on Classic Driverfor 31,200 GBP, or about $61,000. The ad text says it is a 1958 Confortevole but Fusi lists the chassis number range for 1958 ending with 07921 though there is a typo where the page breaks for the 1959 year information and beside the 1959 750 designation Sprint Veloce’s it says 1958. Conforevole’s end with car 06611 so its a stretch of the accepted definitions to call it one. In this condition and at this price I don’t think they added any premium for calling it a Confortevole and I doubt there is any dishonesty at work, likely just a lack of solid information combined with the usual regurgitation of hear-say.
“Perfect in all respects.” This is a car that the seller means for potential buyers to come see in person, and who in their right mind would buy a car at the absolute top of the market without viewing it in person and taking it for a spirited drive. I want to go see it just to get a better look at the sellers facilities.
This presentation is great. More museum than Classic car dealership with period pictures and statistics built into the display. You probably have to qualify to even step into the ring for a closer look.
Update 7/1/12: 1 bid, reserve not met. No sale.
Update 6/25/12: This car has turned up on eBay after 4 years with the same pictures and from the same seller. Sprint values have come a long way in the last 4 years. I expect it will find a buyer this time.
Original post 6/20/08: Reserve not met! $12,099 was the ending price, $1 less than the black plate car out of Cottonwood. Seller added some new pictures of the car outdoors in daylight that show it is a pretty nice car. I think either of these cars was a pretty good deal and would be a great basis for putting together very nice original driver. I think both suffered from somewhat poor presentation and the fact that they both went through eBay at the same time. There can’t be that many guys (or gals) out there looking for Sprints, so any more than 2 or 3 a month in a given area is market saturation, and we’ve been seeing 5 or 6 a month since I started this blog. Last, I suspect both these sellers, encouraged by the strong sale prices mentioned earlier for project cars, put these on the market just to kind of see what they would do, without a real necessity to sell them.
Added pictures include this nose shot, always a pleasant sight. I wonder if a yellow curb has the same meaning in Mexico.
Update 5/31/12: Now on Craigslist. Look at the pictures at the bottom of this write up. Looks like the same car to me. I wonder what you would receive if you sent them $25K?
Update 9/20/10: A Giulia SS was listed on Craigslist this morning for $30,000 with pictures of this car. A scam? Borrowed pictures? I’m sure it will be answered before long…
5/20/09 Update: SOLD after 377 days! A guy I spoke to on the phone about this car last month, giving advise etc, has taken the plunge and bought this car. I told him exactly what I have been saying about this car all along, it’s probably a good car that everyone interested in an SS is tired of seeing for sale (you only get one shot at a good eBay auction). The selling price was around $45K and he seems very happy with the purchase. Look for it to be present at shows and events in Southern California. If anyone knows a good place to get keys made in Southern California post a comment as he needs to get door, trunk and glove box keys made.
I bet the seller of this SS would be happy if one of you kind readers would buy his 1965 Flavia Sport Zagato that is currently on Craigslist for $26,000 or trade.
3/31/09 Update: I think it will be a while before another car is featured here so many times. This car is on eBay again and this time it can be bought NOW for $47,500. Lets see if my ‘auction fatigue’ theory holds true. Now is your chance, you know you want it. I’ll offer the correct gauges to the new owner at 10% off.
3/18/09 Update: This car is now all repainted and spiffied up. Check it out on eBay now. $56,000 asking is big money but the car is pretty nice now.
Very nice work. The shut lines look good and the trim is all as it should be. Seller says he got it all ‘triple chromed’.
Update 9/15/11: A note from the seller: “Actually I did quite a lot to the car since I bought it from the man in Savannah GA who offered it on ebay. That was about 30 months ago. Paint was carefully hand cleaned, hand clayed, hand polished and waxed. Carpet was replaced with custom colored wool woven plush material, of very tight linear weave. Engine bay was extensively cleaned and detailed. Original Lodge spark plugs and Cavis wires installed. Original air cleaner canister was refinished and re-installed with an adaptor to the dual barrel Weber. Engine was fine tuned and a complete new centerline exhaust system was installed by Mike Besic. Brake system was completely fine tuned. Five new Pirelli Cinturatos installed. Interior was cleaned and extensively detailed. Trunk was extensively cleaned and detailed. Fog lights were replaced with Carrellos. It all seemed like a good idea at the time, and then the 1958 Veloce Confortavole came along last Spring. I actually took the 1960 Sprint and 1969 Duetto to the Concorso Italiano last August. That’s where the buyer saw it for the first time. He drove it the following week at Fantasy Junction. Car sold yesterday. Five days after Fantasy Junction offered it on their website.”
Maybe I didn’t ask enough.”
Update 9/14/11: First -I had to really dig to find this old post. I’ve been at it a while now it seems. Champagne all around! Okay, wishful thinking aside -this car is now available from my frequently frequented, frequently well stocked with frequently above average -in this case way above average cars, Fantasy Junction. Asking price is an inspiring $49,500. Yep. “Sale Pending” the website says. Mines parked on the street in Oakland California with the windows open. Heh!
My car looks almost this good from space on a rainy day before they fixed the Hubble lenses. That’s a nice car!
Update 3/13/11: More pics from Bill.
Update 3/12/11: Not your usual resale tale here. This car sold for $140,000 + 10% at Amelia Island. Buyer was the Malamut Auto Museum in LA. Thanks for the tip Eric! Anyone have pics from the auction to share? Oh, and congrats to the seller on a big cha-ching.
A nice one from Bill Gillham, the restorer, who is no doubt proud of his work.
From the sellers own hand as the bidding passed the estimate.