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For those in the UK who are looking for a project, there's a 71 GTV at Bonhams' National Motor Museum auction in Beaulieu, Hampshire. The auction is this Saturday, Sept. 10 and the estimate is £ 1,200 - 1,800 with no reserve. It's mostly dismantled but the body has supposedly been restored and painted.

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Even if it were done well, it doesn't appear to be getting very good treatment. The description says it's on dolly wheels but it appears to be sitting on wood blocks. It would at least need to be touched up.
 

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Bonhams (and auctions in general here in UK) not brilliant at looking after things, shell seems ok / really good to me but im not a body man so what do i know, Bess reckons there has been plenty of interest from dealers and private buyers here already so dont let the low estimate fool anyone as they expect it to go well above that, also looks to be lots of parts missing or just not on display. Good project though i suppose so might have a cheeky bid myself.
 

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I'm down there on Saturday to bid. I reckon a lot of parts are missing. Fortunately, I have most of them in stock but this will still cost a packet to pay someone else to restore this. Not the bargain that most people wil think it is. So John, if you're not serious about buying this, I'd be glad if you desisted so as to save me at least £250! Thanks.
 

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You go for it Alex and good luck, i reckon i have enough projects on, Alfa into bodyshop soon then rebuild.....rebuild Fulvia carbs and then paint job.........gearbox job on the Mini hill climber..........of yes and need to squeeze a life in there somewhere as well.

Good luck mate.
 

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...........and sold for £7705.00 inc premium, did you win it Alex?.
 

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Yes, plus a little bit of auction fever thrown in i suspect. Prices are quite high here though at present but also bodywork costs a packet so i suppose buying a shell thats done is cost effective?. I recently had several quotes for my Giulia sedan (usual panel problem areas...door bottoms / bodged up footwells etc and a respray) and they came in from 3k GBP to 9k GBP and that was for a completely stripped shell with all panels to repair thrown in delivered to bodyshop then picked up afterwards.
 

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That car was AMAZING. All correct factory panels, a stalled project dating from 1982 judging by the piles of receipts, letters etc that came with the sale, not to mention the sheets of newspaper which were used during the respray and which were still on the car. Also came with a pile of brand new parts, pieces which are now almost impossible to find. I had a notional maximum in mind and so I let the telephone bidder take it. Walking away later, I kicked myself for not going higher, not least because I've got almost every NOS part (with the exception of the block itself) to build a factory-fresh 1750 engine. Would have looked good in that engine bay, too. My only concern was that the car had no wheels/suspension on the chassis and I suspected that a fork-lift truck might have been used to move it ....

Maybe the new owner would like to make himself known?
 

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John, speak to the guys at MG Mecca if you need a reliable bodyshop.
 

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Will do Alex cheers (just googled them...i was over in Norfolk yesterday!), i could do with a good bodyshop i can trust.
Re the Alfa, dont kick yourself too hard as the buyer could easily have taken it a lot higher to win it, theres always something else!.Goodwood revival next!.
 

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My thoughts exactly. I hope the car gets rebuilt and not split for its parts, as there's a good profit to be made from doing just that.
 

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71 GTV project At Bonhams

Hi Alex + Ludlowjohn
It,s mine! - all mine! Yep your'e right it is AMAZING and Yep I did pay too much for it! It's done about 51k mls and was taken off the road in 82 for a rebuild.The body was refitted with usual bits that go - ALL AR genuine parts - (cos you could get em then!) Then given a mist coat of Cellulose. Many new bits are with the car and are still wrapped in the wax paper! complete with 10 brand new Pirrelli Cints 5#14" & 5#15" all brake repair kits, servo kits suspension, springs, discs calipers etc.New exhaust system All it needs are bushes replaced.The owner had a colection of 60 -70's cars all dry stored but died after stripping the alfa - he kept meticulous records, receipts, a daily mileage log! The interior is perfect. The engine was given a full service just before it came out! the numbers are all correct and confirmed by AR Italy. It has gone to Neil Cawthorn for the bare-metal respray (he used to do all Alfaholics bodies before they moved to near Bristol) Basically the car has only been on the road for 11yrs max. Everything was labelled and kept. It was never lifted by a fork lift as Bonhams use a specialist company - they were brilliant. I used to have a 1600 GT Junior in the 70's and have yearned for an Italian twin-cam again!Had to keep crossing the models off the wishlist as the prices rocketed Dino then Fiat Dino now GTV. I have just finished a replica Abarth 1050 Autobianchi A112 engine,discs & susp, this was built on a One owner 1964 fiat 600d with 40k miles - it really is a beaut Just getting the new engine in this week! More postings + photos later!
 

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Very well done, and my apologies for being your under-bidder, but I still think you got yourself a bargain! Neil is one of the very best guys in the business, so I'm glad it's in good hands - although I couldn't see much wrong with the paint or the shell. The overall condition is testament to excellent storage and the quality of the GOOD stuff you used to be able to spray, as Neil will tell you! I'd have just rubbed it down and given it a topcoat.

Let me know if you need any help. I'm half an hour north of London, where are you?

Alex.
 

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Very interesting. I have read the auction report in SCM on it and, of course, they wondered why paying so much.

This description tells you why. They probably missed all the goodies and did not look beyond a pile of parts.

Congrats. What a nice jounrey ahead.

Mike
 

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Just puttin on a top coat was my initial idea but after talking with many body painters they all agreed that cellulose is so unreliable and seems to being fazed out - anyway I had to know what was under the paint - You really only get on chance to do it properly.
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Finished & on the road

Well it's finished but as with all of them there are always jobs to do, electric failiures! bulbs etc. Slight oil leak on Cyl head and it sqeaks like hell!
If someone wants to tell me how.... I will put some pictures on!
 
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