1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce
This car belonged to a fellow long time North Suburban Sports Car Club member, Ross Fossbender. Ross was legendary as an instructor and club booster and an avid Alfa Romeo fan. He had owned this car off and on for the better part of thirty odd years and knew the odds of restoring it to pristine condition were low once he has a mishap with a drainage ditch one fateful Sunday morning. He knew the car now had a damaged frame and was more bondo than steel in some places, but held onto it until his death some years back.
When his lovely wife Cheryl finally decided to move to Nebraska to be with family, it was time to find a future for the Veloce. After promising to restore it to original condition, I purchased the car and brought it back to Sport and Specialty for a full restoration. The chassis was bent and there was little good steel under the paint, but the numbers matched with the records and I quickly obtained the production records and build documents.
The car has had the frame straightened and is currently having the body resurrected by Sport and Specialty’s uber-talented fabrication manager, Ryan Vetter. Whole panels are being made along with some that were available to purchase. In addition I have found a properly numbered 1600 block and crank. The original 1600 heads for these cars typically failed and cracked quickly and were replaced with Duetto heads, which I have done here. I have the original cracked head in my possession.
It was delivered in Germany in Grigio exterior and Rosso interior, which I will return it to. The mechanicals will be properly restored, and I can’t wait to enjoy this beauty.