1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750
- Location: Texas
- Year: 1971
- Make: Alfa Romeo
- Model: GTV 1750
- Mileage: 58k
- Engine: FI 1779cc 4-cylinder
- Transmission: 5-sp Manual
- Drivetrain: RWD
- Ext. Color: Blue
- Int. Color: Black
- Key Features: enthusiast owned, recent restoration, original sales brochure
The Alfa story began over a 100 years ago in 1906, just as a young Einstein had wrapped up a flurry of papers that would lay the foundation for modern physics, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed San Francisco, and Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University throws the first legal forward pass in a football game. Successful businessman Alexandre Darracq established the Società Italiana Automobili Darracq (SIAD) in Italy but it would soon fail a few years later. From that, a new partnership was formed…the Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (ALFA) that Nicola Romeo would later buy and it would become Alfa Romeo.
Engineer Giuseppe Merosi designed Alfa’s first car, a 24-horsepower race car that almost won the Targa Florio in Sicily. A few years later, Enzo Ferrari was brought in to manage Alfa’s racing activities. Cars like the 6- and 8C would be borne, and Alfa would excel in Grand Prix, long-distance, circuit and hill-climb events through the 1920s and 1930s.
The big war though would take its toll on the high-end automotive market, and in the 50’s Alfa would re-emerge trying to break into the middle class. The Alfa 1900 was a new, smaller 4-cylinder sedan that debuted in 1950 along side the Giulietta to really help relaunch the brand. In 1962, the Giulia joined the Giulietta, which eventually evolved to the Giulia Sprint GT and then to simply the GTV by 1969.
The Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce (aka 1750 GTV) was first produced in 1967 alongside the 1750 sedan and spider, all three sharing the same powerplant. The GTV survived for over a 10 year production run with relatively light cosmetic changes but more significant were the mechanical upgrades.
We found this GTV for sale by premier classic car seller DriverSource in Texas. This particular US market example was first sold new in California in 1972 as a 1971 year model. For the last 10 years it has remained in the collection of an Alfa enthusiast, who at one time owned approximately 25 Alfas. In case you’re wondering, that’s a lot of Alfa’s.
This one received a comprehensive restoration between 2006-2009. Work included paint, upholstery, new body rubbers and emblems, restoration of the instruments, fitment of new brake hoses, pads, and rotors, and new ball joints and control arm bushings.
The transmission was rebuilt with new synchros and bearings as necessary, with specially treated gears, while the engine’s cylinder head was also rebuilt and fitted with new intake, exhaust values and guides.
Alfas are literally a rare breed here in the U.S…in and out of the market, giving us some toys only to take them away over and over throughout the years. Since 2014 we have been graced with the mid-engined 4C. To find out more info on this GTV, go see the guys at DriverSource in Texas. Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by the recent storms.
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