Thanks for your feedback. From what we have found, it is both safety and emissions that ended GTV sales. I have amended the article to reflect both issues. If you have documentation that contradicts Wikipedia (below) I would be more than happy to remove the emissions comment:
According to Marco Fazio of Alfa Romeo, the very last 1974 model year USA models were actually produced in early 1975. They could not meet 1975 USA safety and emissions regulations and thus they were brought in as model year 1974 despite carrying 1975 certificates of origin. 37,459 2000 GTVs were made before production ended.
These are great driving cars. While they are “momentum cars” (read, slow), they’re fun, easy to drive, and they’re nicely composed on the highway, increasingly settling in at higher speeds. While I can’t point to any one thing about my ‘74 GTV 2000 that particularly moves me, the whole of the car has won me over. Just a really nice car to own and drive regularly.
All old cars have their quirks. If you’re considering buying a GTV, I’ll point out two of its more significant quirks: 1) Leg room is at a premium for taller drivers. I wear a 36” inseam, and when the car is in second gear, the gear shift knob, steering wheel, and my right knee are in spatial conflict. Fortunately, my car doesn’t spend much time in second; and 2) Due to the pedal configuration, it’s physically impossible for me to heel-and-toe to match revs on downshifts going into turns. It requires a different driving style . . . or the price of reconfiguring the pedal box. For those two reasons, I’ve never had my car on the track out of consideration for safety, and I never will.
I don’t buy cars as investments. I buy to drive. I was fortunate to have bought mine 12 years ago, however, because my (unintended) investment in the car since has kept pace with market value increases. That continued investment has made it a great driver GTV, which is the most important factor for me, but the market increase does help me feel better about that investment. The point is that I’m living proof of what the article said, that in today’s market, be sure to buy the best you can find, because you can’t afford to buy a “cheap” one anymore.