PREVIOUS OWNERS: TAMMI BAUFIELD (2 from new as mentioned below)
HISTORY: Bonhams Auction web page lists this car as the history; Delivered new to Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, this charming Sprint Speciale is believed to have been in the care of just a few owners during its nearly half century of existence. Purchased by a young woman with a passion for motorsport, the SS is believed to have spent the earlier years of its life racing the SCCA circuit on the East Coast around New York City. Originally painted red, a very quick re-spray was performed to bring the car to its current white with a black tail, reminiscent of the TZ's of the same era. The unique color scheme helped differentiate the car on the track, and a dash mounted plaque attests to its participation in the Area I Championship at the Lime Rock Races for the New York Region of the SCCA.
After several years on the East Coast, the car and its owner moved to the warm, dry desert of Arizona, settling in the Scottsdale area. While the racing exploits of the SS were in its rearview mirror, a clutch failure took off the road for good around 1972, the last date of registration in Arizona according to the old license plate that is still affixed to the front. A replacement clutch was ordered but never installed, only getting so far as the trunk of the car before the project was put on the back burner.
As is sometimes the case, weeks turned to months, months to years, and years to decades. The Alfa Sprint Speciale sat, untouched in a garage, until its original owner passed and it was sold by her estate to the present owner about four years ago.
Today, the Sprint Speciale retains much of its original equipment and fittings, and a peek under the hood reveals a complete motor that, while not run in over four decades, is said to turn freely. Inside, the dark grey vinyl remains in nice shape, while original red paint shows clearly on the dash.
While many Sprint Speciale's were raced into the ground or modified, by virtue of a fortunate clutch failure and long-delayed repair, this particular car remains quite original and showing a healthy patina of age, giving the car's next owner the opportunity to sympathetically refresh it or restore it to their liking. Either way, it is a strikingly beautiful, limited production Bertone-styled sweetheart that is sure to turn heads.
UPDATE: January 27, 2017 EBay auction,
*BARN-FIND* 1965 ALFA-ROMEO "SPRINT SPECIALE"with only 38,225 actual miles. Off the road since 1972, not running, and in dry storage. Extremely rare and beautiful car with a fascinating race history and story. Originally delivered to New Jersey in 1965 in red, this car was purchased by a woman with a passion for racing, and was raced around the New York area, including at the SCCA championships at LIME ROCK. She had a quick repaint on the car done to give it the "TZ" look, ivory with a black tail end, to make it stand out on the race course. The car lost its clutch during the race, and was moved to her vacation home in the Scottsdale, AZ area, but was never run again. The replacement clutch is still in the box, inside the car. The 1570cc DOHC inline-4 cylinder motor spins freely. It is equipped with front disc, and rear drum brakes. Independent front suspension, and live rear axle. It will need the attention usually given all cars coming out of long-term storage: the Weber carbs will need to be rebuilt, fuel system cleaned, fuel and brake lines replaced, brakes sorted out, etc.
The interior is in good shape overall, but will need carpeting, and some refreshing. The quickie paint job is showing it's age and quality, and will need to be addressed if this car is going to get a full restoration. It is certainly a good and worthy investment.
This car has a clean California Title and is for sale locally, so I reserve the right to end this listing at any time. I will be helpful with shipping world wide.