The Alfa GTA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_GTA) was Alfa's racing line of GTVs. And now Alfa has a 2021 GTA (https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a31188936/alfa-romeo-giulia-quadrifoglio-gta-photos-info/) that might make it to the US.
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I owned an ’86 AR Spider and used it as a commuter in all weather conditions in the DC area including snow for many a year and also at the track, Summit Point, WV (https://summitpoint-raceway.com). My friend and I (he had a GTV6 and then a Milano track car) had been going to Friday At the Track (FATT) for several years in the car. We both went enough times that we became certified to attend Seat Time. I did all the work on the car I could and found a great Alfa-trained mechanic who was more than willing help me out and gave me solid advice. Any work I could not preform, went to him. I purchased my 1973 GTV back in the mid ‘90s and it was to replace the Spider as my track car for it was slowly being eaten away by the tinworm. The GTV had been rescued by another Alfa fanatic who liked body work so he fixed all the rust and even painted it. He presented me a list of his restoration items and since I am more of a mechanic, I towed it home since I didn’t have any new plates. Both cars a great fun to drive, pretty neutral steering, not exactly brimming with power so you can’t get into too much trouble, excellent brakes, and a very reliable engine. But the GTV did not have the body shimmy/shake of the Spider and was a bit lighter as well. And if it rained, I didn’t have to stop to put up the top. The Spider and GTV share the majority of underpinnings so working on it did not present too many surprises. Used parts are not that hard to find but trim pieces are a pain such as the aluminum trim around the front and rear windscreens - it is an integral part of the gasket to hold everything in place. BTW, the bumper are stainless steel so they never rust. It is nice the Wolf steel (https://www.alfaparts.net/105_115gtv.html) has all the body panels including the 3 door sill panels you need - if the outer most panel is rusty, trust me, the other two are in much worse shape. There are several Alfa parts dealers in the US and the UK that can supply you everything from OE drain hoses to better flowing muffler systems. Online, AlfaBB.com (https://www.alfabb.com) is the place to go for help and information on all Alfas. I never worked on a SPICA mechanical fuel injection but found an expert with Wes Ingram Enterprises - he rebuilt it to specs. The fuel tank was so rusty that bits would flake off and clog the fuel filter to the point the car would not go any faster than 30 mph until the flakes settled back down - I had Tank Renu restore the tank since you cannot find any new GTV tanks. With stock 14” wheels, tire selection is pretty limited especially with track tires. There are 15” wheels that will fit but anything larger will need the wheel well expanded. Since it was my track car, I installed larger valves in the head, rebuilt the engine with Motronic pistons, put in 5-point harness with a harness bar, Corbeau racing seats, a Watts linkage to replace the rear trunnion arm, Ward & Dean springs (lowered the car) and stiffened it, and yellow Konis. I replaced the brake hard lines, and all the rubber/flex lines I could find. I’m sure I can throw lots more into it…. I’ve been to Summit Point, VIR, and Lime Rock for HPD events in the GTV. Some of them I drove the car there but with the purchase of a Dakota V8, I started towing the car to gain 5 seconds on my lap times. Some events were sponsored by local Alfa clubs and others by other car clubs or track event organizers. If I had a faster car, I could be in the Expert class - I tried once but all I did all day was point everyone else by me so I always opt for the Intermediate class. But one thing is for sure, once the rain comes out, only the ‘momentum’ cars are on the track - I have had the whole track (1.2 miles of it) all by myself for several laps one day. And I did get to pass a Ferrari once at a FATT for the new owner was having difficulty with the gated shift pattern. He was there with his new trophy car and new trophy wife … The adage is that Alfas are made for folks with short legs and long arms - true for both the Spider and GTV. My inseam is only 30” but my right leg is right up again the tranny tunnel with the seat back as far as it can go and I can still hold on to the steering wheel. Your right foot will get a cramp over long periods of driving. I’m not sure just how Bdgr92 does it! I agree about the pedals not being setup for heel’n toe but I think that there are pedal covers that bridge the gap between the two without having to mess with the arms. One thing about the GTV is that you might be low compared to all the other cars around you on the highway, but you have a full 360 degree view - no narrow windows or massive pillars in the way. No need for any type of camera. And I don’t know how many times folks have come by to say how much they like the lines of the GTV and how they think it is one of the most gorgeous cars every made. My latest GTV investment, you ask? I finally installed a new 2-speed wiper motor from the UK so I can now drive in the rain and actually see what is ahead of me. Now, these cars have recently gone way up in price (I bought mine for around $5k). As mentioned in the article, at Bring-a-Trailer, a 1974 GTV (https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1974-alfa-romeo-gtv-2000-25/?utm_source=dm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-03-15) went for $86,500 on March 21st. It was highly restored and modded (a ‘restomod’) out of CA. In the recent edition of the Alfa Owner (AROCs monthly publication) these two GTVs were for sale: 1971 GTV 1750 Odometer showing 94,144 miles. Restored and lovingly cared for by the same owner for 30 years plus. Bare metal paint in medium gray metallic by Classic Coach Works in Atascadero, CA. No rust or body repair found. Bumper to bumper restoration with all new rubber. Major components replaced with new or renewed parts. New gas tank, radiator core, upgrade front suspension with adjustable shocks. Heads redone and ports polished, original fuel injection rebuilt, interior reupholstered in original design. New trunk liner, electronic ignition system, remote alarm system and blue California plates. Extensive list of additional parts, new and rebuilt including Weber dual carbs, and complete SPICA from 1974 2000 GTV. Extensive list of maintenance receipts. Price: $50,000 or Make Offer, plus shipping 1921 GTV 2000 Green over tan vinyl. Mods: Weber carburetor conversion, electronic ignition, Panasport wheels and performance cams. In 2020, rust repairs, fluids services, spark plugs, battery, alternator belt, sound insulation, seat belts, trunk mat, wiper motor and door hinge pins. Service records to 2000. Price : $34,500, OBO Article Notes: Some early model year GTVs came with only two headlights. With the 4-lamp setup, some folks used aircraft landing lights as ‘fog’ lamps - used as long distant driving lamps most likely. And the dreaded grunch when shifting into first is due to the heavy syncros still spinning and is common problem in most of the Alfa trannys of this era. The trick is to engage 2nd slightly (the first ‘notch’) and then shift into 1st. It will save you from having to replace the syncros which are becoming harder to find these days.
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