1965 Fiat 500L

For almost 20 years, the Fiat 500, or Cinquecento, was the car of the people in Italy. At three meters long, this was a surprisingly commodious vehicle and paved the way for a number of small cars that Fiat would produce over the next few decades. Due to its simplicity, it also proved popular with the burgeoning car market in Eastern Europe. With a rear mounted, two cylinder engine, it was never the most powerful car out there, but automotive tuner Carlo Abarth worked his magic on this car and it became a giant killer. While not an Abarth version, this particular 500 is a nice example of the L model, or Lusso, which had a 17 horsepower engine and interior upgrades.

1965 Fiat 500L

1968 Fiat 500L 2 door. Great Car! One of the rare Micro Mini Cars. It measures only a little over 8 ft long. Parks easily on a 4X8 sheet of plywood. I've owned this car since March of 2005 and have had loads of fun with it. The serial number is 110D*1410516*. You won't believe the attention you will have when you bring this car to a car show! These are 2 cylinder air cooled cars, with 5 speed stick shift transmission. I understand that there were more than 4 million of these cars built in Italy, but they were never imported into the US for sale. The few old ones you find here are all cars that someone has had shipped over here at one time or another.

This is a very clean car as you can see in the photos. These cars are good for about 60 - 65mph, all day long and are advertised to get 55 miles per gallon. I'm far from an expert on these cars, I only bought it to have fun with it and that is just what we did. Now, other cars and other interests say that we should let someone else have it for a while. Comes with manuals and parts books, everything is available here in the US. Have some parts on hand that will go with the car. I have it advertised locally here in Minnesota also, so I reserve the right to remove this listing at any time, if it is no longer available for sale. $9,600.00 cash. Clear Minnesota title, priced to sell. This is a used car and I am not offering any warranty or guarantee with it. It runs and drives good and that is what you have. There are no known problems with the car.

At under $10,000, this car represents pretty good value when it comes to a Cinquecento. These days, mint condition 500s can be seen trading on a regular basis for between $12,000 to $17,000. While it may not be as safe as some modern day vehicle, for someone that needs a fuel efficient runabout, this would certainly be a unique, attention getting way of conserving fuel and having fun while doing it.

-Paul

1968 Maserati Mexico

In the 1960s, Maserati was making a name for itself with its stylish and luxurious touring coupes. These cars were very advanced for their day, capable of high speed and equipped with advanced technology for the era. Styled by Vignale, the Mexico was the successor to the 5000GT. Initially available with a 4.7 liter dual cam V8, a smaller 4.2 liter, this car for sale in California has the smaller, 4.2 liter engine made available later in the production run.

1968 Maserati Mexico

305 Produced, Maserati Mexico chassis number AM112*328*. Fitted with a 4.2-litre engine, Colour: silver, Interior: black leather. Constructed in June 1968 and sold in Italy to Sig Carlo Petrini of Bastia in Umbria. Dash facia covered with wood paneling, Borrani wire wheels, ZF 5-speed gearbox, Power Steering.

At a little over $57,000, the asking price for this Mexico is pretty much spot on with where the market is on these cars today. Many of these classic Maserati grand tourers represent a fantastic way to get Ferrari or Lamborghini like performance and style for a fraction of what you would pay for those other, more famous Italian classics.

-Paul

1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1600

At first glance, the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan doesn’t do much to suggest just how remarkable this small car is. With a lower drag coefficient than a 911 from the period, a robust twin cam, four cylinder engine and a curb weight under 2,300 pounds, this was a lively car. As a result of this performance, these were popular cars with the Carabinieri in Italy. Today, these sporty sedans tend to be a more affordable way into classic Italian car ownership than their more sporting two door counterparts. This Giulia for sale in Nebraska was imported to the US in 2003 after being owned by the same owner in Rome for 30 years.

1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1600

ALFA ROMEO 1969 GIULIA SUPER 1600
TIPO 105.26
VIN AR*889715
Color: Beige Cava

Although Alfa Romeo's sports cars may be better known in the US, the Giulia sedan was far more popular in its day, combining the practicality of a family car with the same chassis and drive trains used in Alfa's sports models. With the Giulia, Alfa Romeo deserves the credit for developing the sports sedan well before BMW conceived the 2002. This Giulia Super is one of the desirable 1600 “Biscione” variants, manufactured only from 1968 to 1971. The 1600 Biscione cars (named for the serpent badge in the roof pillar) incorporated mechanical updates from the 1750 series and had more powerful engines and a higher level of interior and exterior trim than other Giulia models.

889715 a preservation car, registered continuously to the original owner in Rome for 30 years before I bought it through a Dutch dealer and brought it to the United States in 2003. It has been conserved, rather than restored. It still has the original Italian windshield sticker and insurance papers from 1969. To my knowledge the engine, transmission and differential are original, and the paint, interior and trim are conserved in very nice condition. All mechanical and electrical systems (except the electric clock) are in good working order and the car is reliable and a pleasure to drive.

In the 9 years I have owned this car I have maintained its originality and integrity while making necessary repairs and tasteful updates/upgrades to improve practicality, safety and performance. I have replaced worn parts with new factory, NOS, or good-quality reproduction items, whenever possible. It appears the previous owners did the same. The result is a beautiful, drivable vintage car that retains the unique combination of style, performance and practicality the Giulia was designed to provide.

Significant modifications and repairs are listed below. A collection of spare parts and Alfa Romeo factory manuals is available to the interested buyer for an additional price to be negotiated at the time of sale.

Modifications/updates
Marelli-Plex ignition (original Bosch distributor available)
Magnecor ignition wires
Halogen headlights (reproduction of Carello, originals available)
IAP Sport Springs (originals available)
Koni red shock absorbers
Weber 40 DCOE carb conversion (from Solex)

Repairs/restorations
New clutch and clutch hydraulics
New center and rear mufflers and exhaust pipes
Front suspension rebuilt with Lemfoder parts
Front turn signal lenses replaced with reproduction Carello
Reproduction hubcaps (originals available)
Bottom cushion of driver’s seat re-upholstered with original-style material by previous owner
Partial repaint of lower panels by previous owner
Reproduction carpets from Re-Originals. Note: the carpets I was sent were for the wrong car; correct replacements are being made and will be included with the sale.

Known issues
The electric clock does not work
The steering box drips oil when the car sits for a long time.
Rust is minimal for a 43-year old Alfa. No rust is visible on the outside of the car. I know about the following areas: an old, welded repair in the front passenger-side footwell, which seems to be holding up well; two holes about 1/8” in diameter in the spare tire well; small perforations where the left inner fender meets the slanted panel of the driver’s footwell beside the wash/wipe switch.

The asking price of $25,000 is a bit on the high side for Giulias of this vintage, even considering the condition and ownership history. This is creeping into GTV territory and I’m not sure the market is quite there yet on these four door Alfas. Around the $20,000 mark would probably be more reasonable, considering you can find similar, if not as original, Giulias for about $5,000 less on a regular basis.

-Paul

1995 Alfa Romeo 164LS

As Americans wait with baited breath for the return of Alfa Romeo to this market, let's take a look back at one of the very last new Alfa Romeos, besides the ultra limited 8C Competizione, to grace these shores: the 164. With very few sales in its final year in the US market, these cars were not cross shopped by your typical Lexus or Mercedes-Benz customer. Only hardcore enthusiasts needed to apply. Two versions of the 164 were available in its final year; the Quadrofoglio and the LS version, as we see here. The LS was the luxury model of the pair, but equipped with a 5-speed manual such as our feature car, it still made for an involved driving experience. This 164LS for sale in Miami has a low 85,000 miles on the clock and looks the business in black.

1995 Alfa Romeo 164LS

Black on Black 95 LS with 85,000 miles. Asking $4,000. I have had this car since 2004 and all work has been done at Auto Veloce in Miami. The car runs great, its fast and I wouldn't hesitate driving it cross country.

The good:
- The engine is strong with and the car runs fantastic
- New clutch installed last week
- New radiator 9 months ago.
- No overheating issues
- Interior is in great shape
- AC work great.
- New Pioneer head unit can use new speakers.
- All maintenance is up do date.
- Oil change last week.
- New brake pads last week.
- Timing belt around 10K ago.
- No leaks
- No rust

The Bad:
- Needs a paint job along with minor repair to front bumper due to a minor parking lot bump. I have the metal trim piece (its used but its straight).
- Rear windows are stuck. motor or button, I don't know. They used to work until one day they didn't and I never bothered fixing.
- Needs new muffler.

The seller seems very motivated to sell and has been rather transparent about the issues with this car. At $4,000, I tend to think this is good value for a late model 164 with the desirable 5-speed gearbox. This is a car that certainly deserves the TLC that it needs. With a fresh paint job and some minor fixes, this 164 could serve as a classy executive express for many years to come.

-Paul

1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

With summer in full swing, what better time to snag a classic Alfa Romeo Spider? This 1959 Giulietta for sale in Missouri looks tidy and shows little rust. In classic red, this car is sure to turn some heads.

1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, 750 Series. Delivered new in Kansas –long time ownership- well preserved. Original Bill of Sale and paperwork with car. Only one repaint in over 50 years. Excellent Original interior. Solid body and floor pans. Rare 750 Series, 1,290cc motor, all original, numbers matching. Strong motor with strong oil pressure, 4-speed transmission. Odometer shows 40,000 miles. I cannot verify that as being correct.

Other than a cracked rear tail lamp, it doesn't seem like much needs doing with this particular Spider. Anywhere from the high $20,000 to mid $30,000 range should buy you a nice Giulietta Spider these days, so this one is priced a tad high. If the mileage could be verified somehow and a decent amount of service records were kept, it would make all the difference in helping this Spider stand out from the crowd.

-Paul

1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal

The Alfa Romeo Montreal could be considered as the spiritual forerunner to the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Both V8 engined, rear drive sports cars, the Montreal was named after the locale that the concept first appeared. This was a wild looking sports car, with intriguing design features such as the slatted headlamp covers and series of cabin vents on the B pillar. While never sold new in the North America, a few have made their way over here throughout the years. This Montreal for sale in Los Angeles looks sharp in red and has resided stateside for almost 30 years.

1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal

As one of the premier European GT cars of the early 1970’s, the 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal wowed the crowd with its Bertone styling, and powerful V8 powerplant. Powered by a Spica fuel injected and dry-sump lubricated 2.6L V8 engine borrowed from the Alfa race program, this car quickly made a name for itself in the GT sports car world. This particular vehicle is in excellent condition, with the entire engine, drivetrain, interior, and exterior fully sorted. The car runs and drives beautifully, with all components operating. The suspension and driveline runs smooth and tight. The 200hp engine runs very healthy and full of torque, and sounds excellent coming through the classic center exit twin-pipe exhaust. The 5-speed gearbox shifts great and smooth. The glossy red paint is in superb condition showing only minor age and wear and tear.

The interior is extra clean with all components operating. All upholstery is in great condition. The factory stereo and speakers were recently upgraded to modern CD head unit and speaker components. This is a rare car for the US market, especially in this terrific condition. Service receipts are available, with about $10k in recent work including brand new Alfa replacement exhaust system, (5) new tires, complete service, flush, and tune-up, etc.

This vehicles' history had one owner in Europe, it was then brought to the US in 1985 by the 2nd owner, which is who I purchased this vehicle from. This car comes with the Owners Manual in both Italian and English.

Montreals these days typically change hands in the $30,000 to $45,000 range. A 1972 Montreal sold at Bonhams in Paris in early 2011 for just over $40,000. Given the rarity on these shores and the condition of this car, we are probably looking at a reserve somewhere around that point, with bidding that might have the potential of reaching $50,000.

-Paul

1972 Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1.3S

We featured a Fulvia Zagato at the very beginning of the month, but the more I keep eyeing these stylish little sports cars, the closer they are to securing a place on my automotive bucket list. With narrow angle V4 engine mounted at a 45 degree angle, they certainly lived up to the unique engineering solutions Lancia was famous for. This one for sale in Florida is a bit toned down in silver, but the color looks sharp with the black seats and red carpeting.

1972 Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1.3S

1972 Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1.3S Series II 5-speed. Good condition, everything works including rear window motor. Body excellent shape, no dents or dings. Runs well, no mechanical problems. Good original interior. Good electrical system, three owners from new. We have complete documentation. The miles are marked in the velocimeter 31,580 (19,800 miles) but maybe 131,580 (82,000 miles). Had no major accidents. $25,500 firm

Excellent examples of the Fulvia Zagato are closing in on $40,000 these days, so this example in the mid $20k range is just about right. The fact that the owner does not know whether the car has 31,000 or 131,000 km on the clock is a bit disconcerting and raises a few questions regarding the car's history and documentation. If I was in the market, I'd obviously want to examine the complete documentation the vehicle is said to come with to get to the bottom of that question. Otherwise, it looks to be a solid example of a rorty little Italian classic.

-Paul

1963 Ferrari 250GT Lusso

Like the Daytona and F40, the 250GT Lusso is one of those Ferraris with a strong aura built up around it. Contrary to the business model at the time, this Ferrari was not meant for racing. It was, however, one of the most elegant Ferraris ever to hit the road and drew the admiration of actor Steve McQueen, who's well known Marrone Metallizzato 250GT Lusso went up for sale at auction in 2007 and sold for over $2.3 million. Power came from a 3.0 liter "Colombo" 60 degree V12 engine producing 240 horsepower, backed up by a double wishbone suspension at the front and disc brakes all around. Inside, the car was not for everyone, as the fixed back seats required a certain driving position suited to more flexible owners. The pedals, as in many Ferraris of the time, were slightly adjustable. This Lusso for sale in New York is a fine example of this rolling sculpture from the 1960s.

1963 Ferrari 250GT Lusso

1963 Ferrari 250GTL Lusso Gray with Red interior. Motor is completely rebuilt. Older restoration. Mechanically superb. One of only 350 250GTL's ever to be made. Here is your chance to own one for only $725,000.

At first glance I thought this might have been the 250GT Lusso featured on Chasing Classic Cars with Wayne Carini, but the car featured on the show had a tan interior. At $725,000, this is priced just about right for an older restoration Lusso. It's certainly not museum quality like the McQueen Ferrari, but for someone who wants to enjoy their high end classic car investment, you can't split the middle much better than with an example like this.

-Paul

1969 Bizzarini 1900 Europa

Bizzarini is one of those names bandied about that many enthusiasts may have heard of before but few are deeply familiar with. For a few short years in the 1960s, this company produced some of the most wild sports cars to hail from Italy. Founded by Giotto Bizzarini, an Italian engineer famous for his work with Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and involvement with Iso and the Rivolta, which we featured a few days ago. Bizzarini’s designs were low slung and featured both Corvette V8 engines and a V-12 of his own design. The 1900 Europe featured here was designed for Opel and based on the Opel 1900 chassis with their 1.9 liter four cylinder engine. Twenty were said to have been built, with five featuring a 1.5 liter Fiat four cylinder engine.

1969 Bizzarini 1900 Europa

Bizzarrini 1900 Europa, this particular Bizzarrini is the best exemple of the Bizzarrini Europa. Powered by a Opel 1900 cc, the car have been fully restore and his the best of the best. The car have powered windows, air co, leather. Documented, please call me if interested and you are welcome to test it.

I’ll admit that before viewing this auction, I had no idea of this car’s existence. However, I’m intrigued by it, as I always thought the larger 5300GT was a bit outlandish. This Europa scales down that idea nicely and has a delicate nature about it. A Europa came up for sale at a Coys auction in Padova, Italy and did not sell with a high bid of €90,000 (~ $110,000 USD). Bidding here has already surpassed that mark. Cars this rare are always harder to put a value on but one would guess the smaller engine Bizzarini would bring in less than the bigger engine machines. Or will it?

-Paul

1965 ASA 1000 GT

Having realized success in the sports car and grand touring market on the coattails of a powerhouse racing team, Enzo Ferrari sought to introduce a car that would compete with sports cars that were a bit less expensive. One caveat, though, was that he did not want to slap a Ferrari badge on this car. Instead, he sold the production rights to the De Nora Electrochemical Group, which in turn marketed the new sports car under the ASA badge, short for Autocostruzioni Societa per Azioni.

The 1000 GT, as it was called, was a remarkable little sports car. Featuring an overhead cam, 1,032 cc four-cylinder engine designed by Ferrari, this powerplant was essentially part of what was originally a Colombo V12, and included the trademark clothes pin valves and was fed via two Weber 40 DCOE9 carburetors. Other forward thinking engineering touches included double wishbone suspension at the front end along with disc brakes at all four corners. The ASA 1000 GT would foreshadow the later Dino Ferraris in bringing exotic engineering to less well heeled customers. Fewer than 100 of these 1000 GT coupes were ever made and finding one in great condition like this one in California is a rare treat.

1965 ASA 1000 GT

The ASA 1000 GT was evolved from a concept for a small Ferrari in 1959. Eventually the rights for the design were transferred to Auto costruzioni Societa per Azioni, which was organised to produce the small GT. Under the shapely Giugiaro designed Bertone body was a chassis and engine by Giotto Bizzarini. Up front, it was supported by wishbones and coil springs with a live rear axle sporting helical springs and telescopic, hydraulic shock absorbers with reaction sprags. To complete the suspension the ASA received four wheel disc brakes. The jewel of an engine was an OHC four-cylinder unit displacing 1032 cubic centimetres and producing approximately 96 horsepower through a pair of Weber carburetors. This may not sound like much but, but in 1962 when the ASA was announced, the 1798cc MGB only generated 95hp and the base 1290cc Alfa Romeo Giulietta pumped out 91hp.

Compared to cars with similar engine displacement there was little comparison. The lovely crackle-finished ohc four was mated to a slick four speed transmission and like the best Italian engines the little OHC was born to rev. The interior leaves no doubt that the ASA 1000 GT is a true driver's car. The Nardi steering wheel offers a clear view of the large Jaeger tachometer, speedometer and five auxiliary gauges. With comfortable bucket seats and a roomy, well finished cockpit, it was clear that this was not an inexpensive car. Price proved to be the primary obstacle that faced this supremely competent automobile. In 1964, the price was approaching $6000 in the States. Not only was this tremendously expensive for a one-litre car in 1964, it was several hundred dollars more than a new Jaguar E-Type and about the same price as the brutally fast A.C. Cobra.

By 1967, the venture was terminated with fewer than 100 cars having been built. Eleven of these were officially produced in Spider form according to factory records of which a mere four survive today. The example I am proud to offer here is one of fixed head versions and looks great from most angles. The original numbers matching car was subject to a complete restoration on the East Coast back in 1991 to 1993. After completion the car participated in two New England 1000 Road Rallies where the car performed flawlessly. The car was subsequently sold to the previous owner in 1996 here in California where it spent much of its life garaged by its big brother, a beautiful Ferrari Lusso. After 15 years of hibernation I have brought this fantastic car back to life. Although the restoration is 20 years old it still presents well overall. The overall paint quality would be considered drivers status with minor flaws (minor bubbling due to prep flaws and minor chips from 20 years of life) the paint still has great shine and will hold its own at any Cars and Coffee. The trim and chrome looks near new, the interior still looks fresh with the leather soft and undamaged. All the Jaeger gauges function properly other than the clock. Car has just been inspected and serviced by a well respected shop in Los Angeles, Alfa Italia (they have been servicing vintage and classic Italian cars for over 20 years) which included; a complete flushing of the fuel, cooling and brake systems, a complete rebuild of the Weber carbs, new stainless exhaust, new axle seals and front wheel bearings, brand new period tires, a valve adjustment and of course fresh fluids throughout. These are unique cars that rarely make it to the open market, do not hesitate to bid or email me with any questions or requests you may have. (Original airbox is included in sale with misc. articles, notes from previous owners, and recent service history)

Short write up in Sports Car Digest:

http://www.sportscardigest.com/cars-for-sale/greatness-by-another-name-1965-asa-1000-gt/

For additional details visit: WWW.ASAREGISTER.COM

This 1000 GT coupe looks a bit like a Glass 1700GT has mated with a Maserati Mistral. Originally designed to be more affordable than your average Ferrari, these ASAs are now just as valuable as their bigger cousins. Given their rarity, it is hard to place values on such things, but a 1967 example sold for $81,400 at RM Auctions back in 2006. Six years later, it will be interesting to see if a similar example warrants an almost $40,000 premium over that figure. I would suspect a figure closer to $100,000 might be more realistic.

-Paul