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This beautifully restored example of Alfa Romeo’s groundbreaking Giulietta Spider Veloce is believed to be one of approximately 835 examples produced in 1958, and surely one of considerably fewer still in existence today. Originally imported to the US for retail by the renowned Hoffman Motor Car Company in New York, this Alfa was initially sold to a Chicago-based owner.
Within nine years, the Spider had relocated to Michigan in the possession of Michael Shonk, who sold the car in July 1967 to Patrick Sadler of Riverview, Michigan. Registration records indicate that Mr. Sadler continued to drive the Giulietta through at least 1971, though it is believed he may have stored the carafterthattimebeforesellingitaround1980 to Robert Briscoe.
Intending to restore the Spider, Mr. Briscoe stored the car and slowly disassembled it over the ensuing 30 years. In 2010, he realized he would never be able to properly complete the restoration and consequently sold the car to Richard Phillips, who promptly listed it for sale.
The Giulietta was purchased in July 2010 by the consignor who immediately recognized the potential of such a low-mileage, long-term storage barn find. Having sat unused for multiple decades, and showing just under 46,000 miles, the Spider Veloce was delivered for restoration to Daron Walker of Vintage Customs in Tacoma, Washington, an experienced specialist in Alfa Romeos. While Mr. Walker oversaw the restoration of the chassis, trim, and paint, the 750-series engine was rebuilt by Wes Ingram of Burlington, Washington a highly regarded expert in Alfa Romeo motors.
During the rebuild, the engine’s displacement was increased to 1,400 cc – a performance upgrade commonly conducted in period. Additionally, this car retains numerous authentic mechanical components including Veloce- specific performance parts, such as the unique Veloce sump (a finned cast aluminum unit) and the Veloce air box.
Upon restoration completion in September 2012, this Alfa Romeo, now elegantly finished in graphite gray paint over a burgundy vinyl interior, is accompanied by a rare factory hardtop, a partial tool kit, and an original jack. Although yet to be judged in a show setting, this Veloce-spec Giulietta Spider was voted “Best Open Car” at the 2012 Danville, California Concours d’ Elegance. No doubt this car will be a hit at local concours drawing acclaim from enthusiasts and judges alike.