UPDATE 1/3/12 – Sold for $3,075.
Moretti isn’t a marque that many people know about or remember. But for the few that do, the name conjures up images of small hand-built Italian sports cars. These little machines tore up the tracks and streets around the world in the 1950’s. Few made the journey from Italy to the US and most of the cars that did have since rusted away. This 1960 Moretti Tour du Monde project is not for the faint of heart or wallet. It was last licensed in Michigan, but is now in Sacramento, California. The owner has listed it for sale here on eBay, where it has a current bid of $2,225 and the reserve not met.
We would guess that the seller bought this little car with hopes of restoring it back to its former glory, but then quickly discovered the challenges of restoring a rare car. This happens a lot and we just hope the seller is willing to let it go for a realistic price, as it is in very rough condition. Based on the interior alone, this car might be past the point of return. However, that’s not saying that the parts that are still here aren’t worth saving.
We really wish this car was equipped with Moretti’s famous tiny twin cam. Moretti was known as the king of the 750’s back in the 50’s because they dominated the small bore class in racing. They have even been lovingly referred to as “baby Ferraris”. Take a look at this 1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta and you instantly know why. Sadly, this Spider is not one of those baby Ferraris because the factory had already started using Fiat parts to be able to make them more affordable. That means this example will never be as fast or sought after as other Morettis, but at least the parts will be cheaper and easier to find.
We love the styling of this Moretti and would love to see it completely restored, but at some point you have to be realistic and admit that a car might be too far gone. We hope we are wrong and that someone more optimiatic will take on the project and save this car from the crusher. If it were one of the earlier and more valuable models it would be easier to find a new home, but the market value for these cars just isn’t there to justify a restoration. Perhaps someone will take on the task simply for the love of what Moretti once was…