Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Yes that is the pin for the column shift, it's a leftover on most 750's from what I can see it disappeared in late '58
Some trivia on the column shift - Alfa built column shift tunnel case boxes in the Sprints up to chassis 07300, which is somewhere in late '58, given that E06611 is the last known Series I and the split case box arrived in September '58. Alfa also built column shift split case boxed Ti's and Berlina's using a different linkage system and operating the shift rods from the front of the tranny through the bell housing - ever wondered what that funny casting and perforation was on the LHS side of your 101 bell housing..........
Working around these dates one can take an educated "guesstimate" that by Spider 05500 that pin was a memory.
Paul your car was always a floor shift, the Spiders were all floor shift from very early on, but the pin persisted, the Sprints used floor shift on export cars and column shift for the home market - All Sprint Veloce's are floor shift. The column shifts were standard spec for all Berlina's and Ti's right up to '61/62 for export cars and '60 for the RHD versions. Our '61 RHD Ti is floor shift
There are a few column shift Sprints about, mine is 05262, despite Alfa apparently using the column shift up to 07300 I haven't seen nor heard of one much later than the late Michael Payne's 'Giulie' 1493*05439 which he bought new in '57. All the ones I know are Series I cars, I'd be very interested to see an Interim column shift Sprint - if indeed such a beast ever existed ??
I guess that 'pin' escaped the accountant's beady eye for several years on the Spiders...