Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Alfa Dreams

Being an Alfa addict isn't such a bad thing, really. Understand that this 1960 Giulietta Sprint race car has no particular historical significance and doesn't have a particularly stunning racing pedigree. But it is just so beautiful that I HAD to list it. In fact, it may not even be for sale any more, as the eBay listing has ended. Doesn't matter, though. It HAD to go up here. The Giulietta's were some of the most fetching post-war Alfa designs, arguably Pininfarina's best work for Alfa (although the '66-'69 Series I Spider is perhaps just as pretty). And the Giulietta Sprint coupe is one of the rare versions that look as good as the cabriolet version! One of the things I really like about this car is that from the outside, it looks pretty much stock. The Mini-Lite wheels give it away, but this car is fully prepared for the track--right down to the fuel cell and roll cage. My understanding is that the car has appeared at many vintage races and is pretty well known by Alfisti on the West Coast. That makes its appearance even more incredible as most track cars I've seen show a lot more 'wear and tear' than this car. More info on this vehicle is available here at AlfaBB and here at Bring-A-Trailer. Special thanks to William Conway for discovering this classic beauty!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Salt Flats Grandaddy

Here's an interesting old "T" modified that was, at some point in the distant past, built for the singular purpose of going as fast as possible across an ancient, dry lake bed over a marked one-mile course. Salt flats racing is as popular today as it has ever been, and this car hearkens back to the early roots of this sport. Built some time in the 1940's, the car features a 248ci flathead 8 with custom aluminum cylinder heads and a hi-rise intake with dual carbs. The wide stance and minimilist design are particularly becoming to me, along with the original and unadorned patina of countless salt flats runs. This car definitely isn't about aerodynamics and hi-tech motive power--it's about pure, simple, go-fast fun. View this listing here on Los Angeles Craigslist.