I bought it from the widow and it was sitting in his garage/workshop on jack stands. He had purchased it in Hawaii and it had been sitting for twenty years. I drove it home, which was a distance of about 70 miles. It has been sitting in a storage facility under my watch for about six years.
I am sadly selling this vehicle as I have decided to purchase a beach home, and this will help pay for it. In order to drive it home, I had to install a new exhaust system. The tires are Michelin, and have good tread, but are very old. The wheels have been powder coated. There is a new Vredstein tire on the spare wheel, which is mounted on a wheel which is not the correct spare for the Sprint Speciale.
The floors underneath are solid. There is some filler in some of the lower panels. In addition there is a small spot of rust in the passenger side door corner. This is not a show car in its present condition. The paint is old and has been touched up in many spots. The great thing about this car is that it could be driven as is, and all the difficult to find components on this car are present.
The interior is original, and is in extremely nice condition for its age. The vehicle shows mileage of around 58,431 which I believe is original for the car. I did a compression check on the engine a while ago and the results are as follows: 1-148, 2-157, 3-152, 4-150. These are great results. This car has a five speed transmission and it shifts well, no noises, and no worn syncros. The clutch is also great! The brakes work well.
All the lights, gauges are perfect, even the low gas light works. The interior lamps work. The wipers work and have unfortunately scratched the front windshield on the sides. I have not inquired with a glass specialist to determine if they can be polished out. This is a car that should be serviced prior to a long drive. As I mentioned it has not been driven for any distance in a long time. The car starts and idles well, revs nicely, yet probably has a carburetor issue, as it stalls slightly upon acceleration. It does have dual Weber carbs. It also has the rare air box for the Webers.
Some of the chrome was redone by the previous owner, but the rear bumper and front bumper corners definitely need redone.
This is a very special car! This particular car has the desirable 1600, which also had front disc brakes