A few of my followers have made the point that, when I "want to show people how easy it is to do all the exciting stuff!" I am stretching it a bit - because not everybody can spend money like a madman. That may be true, but the idea is that it hasn't got anything to do with money - it's more like an attitude. I give you that looking back at my Giulietta SV ownership, it has been quite expensive, and although I have spend many many exciting hours behind the wheel, driving with friends or building the car, I am a bit surprised to see how much gold I have been rushing into the project.
I have owned the car since early 2013; that's three seasons, 2013-2014-2015. I bought it for 15.800 EUR and I can see from my expenses that I have added another 26.500 EUR to the "value" of the car since then. If I were to sell the car and wanted to recover all my costs, I would have to sell it for 42.300 EUR. Luckily, Giulietta prices are going up, and I expect they will for a while yet, but I don't suppose I could get that kind of money for mine.
Of the 26.500 EUR spent on the car, about 17.000 EUR has been workshop bills and 9.500 EUR has been spare parts and other expenses directly concerning the physical mechanicals and appearance of the car. The only things we haven't refurbished or rebuilt yet, are the differential and the bodywork itself - and of course the paint.
2015 was supposed to be my first racing season. I did all the preparation; getting the car approved for racing, getting a racer's license for myself and getting all the personal equipment that I need in order to go historic racing these days. I was a bit scared when I calculated the Ultimostile expenses for this year. Anything not concerning the car; anything just concerning the Ultimostile operation.
This year it seems to have cost me 176 EUR to run my blog and youtube channel - counting in the 150 EUR youtube paid me for letting them advertise in my videos. My videos are watched by 1.000 viewers daily and I have 2.000 official followers - I don't know how many un-official?! Membership of clubs and registers cost me 252 EUR and insurance and tax is 324 EUR in this country for a car like mine.
The big Ultimostile expenses this year have been race suit and international trips. I spent 1.669 EUR on my Old-timer GP trip and a visit to the Auto e Moto d'epoca in Padova. Both were splendid trips with good friends to fantastic venues - and with good food and wine. And then, finally it has cost me 2.664 EUR to get fitted up for racing; getting the right suit, underwear, helmet, boots and stuff. And I haven't driven a single meter in racing! Part of the "trips" expense was also the two trackdays at Sturup raceway during summer. And then; on top of everything; comes fuel. I don't want to think about that, but during my three years of ownership I have driven a total of 25.000 km in the car - and they have all been marvelous!
My point is that my car is in perfect fettle. My car (my cars really, because it was the same for my Bertone) never breaks down. My car can always take the beating. My car is always powerful and strong.
It's "the italian tune-up", and while I do the massaging of the pedals and the turning of the steering wheel; it's all orchestrated by my mechanic Steffen Madsen. I cannot repeat it often enough; if you own an old Alfa Romeo, take it to Steffen.
He will show you how good your car is meant to drive.