1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Spider
|Engine:||1600 c.c. 4-Cylinder no. AR00121 *02129*|
|Mileage: ||80971 Miles|
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Nicely Restored, True Veloce, Supplying an Outstanding Driving Experience.
The Giulietta, and later the Giulia are the cars that took Alfa Romeo from being a relatively small production company to being an economically viable and successful firm. Prior to that, they had produced large and expensive cars, and never in very large numbers. With the Giulietta/Giulia, however, Alfa Romeo produced significant numbers of these charming and capable cars. Its success was due in part to its unique placement in the market. It was neither a large hugely expensive car, nor was it very small utility car (such as the Fiat 500). Instead, they were affordable enough so that many could buy them, yet permitted a more glamorous and useful approach to motoring that really struck a chord with buyers on both sides of the Atlantic. The Giulia Veloce enjoys the honor of being the highest performing and most developed open variant of the line, thanks to its 1600cc version of the venerable twin cam engine, twin Weber carburetors, higher compression ratio, and hotter cam profiles. Performance was much improved over the standard car, and as is often the case with Italian cars, the latest models are the most developed.
This particular example was sold new in California, and retains its California black license plates. It has a generally straight body, with a fairly recent and very high 'driver' quality repaint in what appears to be the original color. The chrome has been restored throughout, and is in excellent order accordingly. The glass and lenses are all good order, although there is one small star in center of the windscreen. This car is fitted with a sporting Talbot side mirror in the correct location. It sits on repainted wheels with as-new hub caps, and period correct Michelin tires.
The interior was restored to a similarly high level, with the seats and door panels having been redone in leather, and correct replacement mats installed to the floors, in combination with correct wool carpets. The gauges have been restored. The factory steering wheel is present, and the interior chrome is all in good order. The canvas top material has been recently replaced, and looks excellent. The trunk has also been restored, and features the correct rubber mat on the floor.
The engine bay is painted black, and shows very well. Many correct details are in place, including the nearly impossible to replace cast aluminum air box. The underside is not overly detailed, but appears solid at this time. Although this is a black plate California car, some repairs have been performed to the underside and rocker panels, as is often the case on Alfas of this era.
Alfa enthusiasts will be thrilled with the driving experiences offered by this Veloce. The car starts easily from cold, revs freely, producing excellent power with little, if any smoke. The motor makes excellent oil pressure both when warm and cold. The transmission synchros are excellent, even on third to second gear downshifts when cold. The clutch operates properly, and the throughout bearing make no noise. The suspension and steering box are exceedingly tight and responsive. The brakes are extraordinarily effective, and pull the car down straight.
Included with the car is the owner's manual, and the matching spare wheel and tire.
This is a great opportunity to acquire a wonderfully restored, but usable example of this quintessential Italian sports car. It has a fresh appearance, but is not so nice as to discourage its use. The Giulia Veloce represents the most technically advanced and powerful variant of the Giulietta/Giulia Spider series, and the sprightly performance from the 1600cc Weber equipped DOHC engine, 5-speed transmission, and wonderful overall driving experience, will encourage the new owner to get out and enjoy this car as much as possible. Of the 10,318 Giulia Spyders produced, just 1,091 were true Veloce specification cars.
1968 Lancia Fulvia Zagato Sport 1.3
|Engine:||1.3 Litre V4 no. 818302|
|Mileage: ||4934 TMU |
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Wonderful Early Fulvia by Zagato. Rebuilt Engine.
Always industry leaders in design innovation, Lancia's Fulvia 1.3 "Sport", with front wheel drive, and a narrow angle 1.3 liter V4 engine was no exception. Easy to control with their front wheel drive, and capable of 110 mph, Lancia campaigned Fulvias Sports in international rally and circuit events throughout Europe with great success. In total 6 different bodies were mounted to Fulvia chassis. The Zagato bodied are generally regarded as the most aesthetically pleasing of all variations.
This particular car was reported by a reputable auction house to be a 9,900 mile, museum kept example when sold to the current owner. While that may be the case, there is no paperwork to support the mileage. That said, this Fulvia is most certainly an exceedingly clean and solid example, with much recent work including an engine rebuild, and is among the best on the market today.
The body is in very good order, with no bubbles, or major flaws to speak of. The car has certainly been painted once, and the paintwork is of appropriately high quality for a rare, Italian car of this value. The exterior brightwork appears to be original, and is complete and straight, but shows some superficial scratching.
The interior is impeccable, with beautiful seats, door panels, dash wood, and crack free dash cap. New, correct style rubber mats have been installed and are in as-new condition. The gauges are all in excellent order, as is the brightwork. When imported to the US, the speedometer was changed from kms to miles and currently reads 4,934.
The engine bay is beautifully detailed, with correct finishes applied where appropriate. This example retains its original Solex carburetors. The undercarriage is solid, and nicely detailed to excellent "tour" standards.
Included with the sale are selected invoices from the current ownership period, an owner's manual, and the original Italian paperwork showing just two owners, as well as the kms speedometer.
This example strikes a wonderful balance in that it is nice enough to casually show where it will surely garner positive feedback, but not too nice to justify using it as a daily driver. With prices exceeding $500,000 for the 1600cc Alfa Romeo TZ, this is an opportune change to acquire a well sorted, exotic, Zagato bodied, small bore Italian GT before prices on these too soar out of sight in today's fast moving market.
1960 Jaguar XK 150 S Roadster
|Exterior:||Old English White|
|Interior:||Red Leather |
|Engine:||3.4 Litre Inline 6-Cylinder no. VS1748-9|
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See New Pricing! Genuine XK150S Roadster, Matching Numbers. Superb-Driving Car with 5-Speed and Other Upgrades.
The ultimate development of the Jaguar's legendary XK series, the XK150 represents significant advances and developments over the earlier cars. Like the earlier cars, the 150 was powered by Jaguar's sophisticated, and by then, Le Mans winning twin cam inline six. Today, the XK150 remains one of the 1950s' most iconic motor cars, and is known for its stunning styling and mechanical robustness. Compared to earlier cars, the XK150 has several technological advances over the 120 and 140 including power assisted disc brakes, and bigger cockpit which accommodates larger drivers more comfortably. As ever, the XK150 was available as a Roadster, Drophead, or Fixed Head Coupe, with the Roadster being the most striking and pure model. Additionally, the XK150 was available in both standard and S tunes, with the S being differentiated by the inclusion of triple 2" SU carburetors in place of the twin 1.75" carb setup on standard cars, as well as a straight port high compression cylinder head. This raised power considerably to a quoted 250hp for the 3.4 liter XK150S.
This particular car is a matching-numbers 3.4 liter XK150S that is extremely sound throughout. Its current owner purchased it in the Netherlands, where it had run several rallies including the Tulip. He imported the car to the United Kingdom, where he used and enjoyed the car for several years, including at Goodwood, and then imported it to the United States, where he has used it in a number of events including the Going to the Sun Rally. The car benefits from a number of thoughtful mechanical upgrades to make it an excellent driving example that is ideal for tours and events. Included in the upgrades are a 5-speed manual transmission conversion, as well as J.D. Classics sport fast road brake kit. The car comes with records from the last several years, showing regular maintenance and care, including the above upgrades, as well as new tires, new shocks, new engine wiring harness, rebuilt starter, new clutch, clutch hydraulics, and regular services. The total for this work was $26,060.05, and the original 4-speed overdrive gearbox is included with the car. The car is also equipped with a full stainless dual exhaust.
The car is structurally excellent and presents well. It has a nice even patina, with excellent solid panels and good paintwork. Close inspection reveals chips and stress cracks, but the panels fit and operate well, especially the doors. The chrome is very nice throughout, with no significant pitting, and only light scratches. The wheels are excellent, and wear new tires, including the spare. The lights are excellent throughout, including the correct tripod type headlamps. The car is equipped with Lucas 'Flamethrower' fog lamps. The glazing is good throughout, though the windscreen has wiper marks and light road rash.
The interior is in very nice condition. The leather has just the right amount of patina, and the remainder of the interior has been redone and is very nice, with excellent red wool carpets, and excellent like new wood on the dashboard. The dashboard upholstery and door upholstery are both very good, and the instruments are excellent and function properly. The various trim and switches are also excellent. A modern stereo has been discreetly installed and has iPod integration. The steering wheel is in good shape, including the horn button, though there are some cracks in the finish on the rim. The top is black canvas and is very good, though there are areas of chafing on the outside near the bottom corners of the rear window.
The engine compartment is tidy and clean, with nicely polished valve covers and carburetor float bowls. The triple carburetor setup is impressive and evocative, and the engine compartment is largely stock in appearance. There is an electric Kenlowe fan fitted to keep the car running cool. The trunk is correctly upholstered in red. The spare tire cover has been restored with new paint and a new leather pull strap, and the spare is in great shape, with a new tire. The T-handle is still present and the latches work correctly. The car has some tools still affixed to the underside of the spare tire cover.
The car is an absolute joy to drive. The engine runs well, makes great power, and sounds superb. The engine displays good oil pressure and does not smoke. The gearbox is excellent, with modern synchromesh which makes it a pleasure to use, as does the tall 5th gear ratio, which makes for good cruising at modern highway speeds. The chassis is solid, quiet, and reassuring, and the car displays excellent roadholding. The brakes work superbly with excellent bite and balance. The car has a wonderful coherent feel that blends the inimitable 1950's sports car feel with welcome usability updates to ensure that this is a pleasure to use and enjoy on modern roads, and would make an exceptional event car.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a wholesome and very sound XK150S. The most developed of the XKs, a genuine XK150 S commands a significant premium over a standard XK150, and a structurally excellent matching numbers Roadster such as this one even more so. This car has an excellent blend of vintage feel and modern upgrades to make it a superb driver's car, and it has been properly maintained to ensure that it should perform well on long distance events and tours. It is complete with many thousands of dollars of invoices, some tools, tonneau cover, owner's manual, and poster-sized service chart.
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