Here’s a quick update on the 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce.
It went to Alfa guru Bill Gillham for some rust repair in the rockers and trunk a few months ago.
As he disassembled the car, he found corrosion in nearly every nook and cranny. While the car looked good at first glance, it actually bent when you put it up on the lift.
Although I wanted to keep the patina the car had developed in my decades of ownership, it just wasn’t possible. So Gillham disassembled the Alfa completely and began the painstaking (and expensive) process of simply making it right.
This included finding a sample of the original Grigio Mare paint on the back of the glovebox door and sending it off to PPG for a perfect match.
All the bodywork is done, and the shell has been painted.
Bill is now asking what level I want him to take the car to. “It would be easy, but expensive, to make this a 100-point car,” he said.
This presents a conundrum for me. I’ve never been a fan of concours-level cars for my personal collection. I simply drive them too much to worry about small oil leaks or imperfections in the paint. I’m not restoring the interior of the car – that was done a couple of years ago and it is nicely weathered.
So here’s the question – just what level do you take a car to when you’re at this decision point? The body and paint will be as perfect as Gillham can get them, which is awfully good.
Do I have all the chrome redone to match? Do I have everything under the hood re-plated? Where does it stop?
What would you do?