Lot 270 - 1970 Alfa Romeo GTAm Evocazione
|Chassis Number||AR 1454089|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £27,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,250|
The Alfa Romeo GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita (or lightened)) was the competition version of the popular 105 series Giulia coupé. First seen in 1965 in 1600 (1570cc) form it was later also produced as a 1300 Junior version. In 1969 the 1750 GTAm (later called 2000 GTAm when the 2000 GTV was introduced) was produced. There are two schools of thought about the ""Am"" meaning; neither one has ever been officially confirmed. The first thought is that Am means 'Alleggerita Maggiorata' (Italian for lightened enlarged); the other 'America Maggiorata' (American enlarged). The GTAm had a full steel body monocoque shell modified with aluminium and/or plastic parts. All the GTAm cars were produced in lefthand drive form.
Presented today is a GTAm Evocation just completed by the Alfa Romeo specialist, Sunnyside Garage, London. Importantly this car has been built on an original 1750GT Veloce as were the works cars. The body has been stripped to the bare all steel monocoque shell, painted and wax treated whereupon the lightweight panel work has been fitted resulting in the Alfa weighing only approximately 780kg. The detail work is to be admired; the correct amount of rivets have been fitted and even the shape of the front wing panels have been altered to the correct profile as detailed in Maurizio Tabucchi's book, 'Alfa Romeo GTA'. Many detail features have been applied including; the correct door buttons and handles, front (removable) towing eye, correctly positioned wing repeaters, an original and rare INEZIONE (injection) badge sourced from the USA and a more modern LED lit number plate and Xenon headlights for improved safety at night. This work is complemented by the Alfaholics 15"" replica wheels and an outstanding finish to the coachwork in Ferrari Rosso cherry 136.
Inside, the interior finish to the steel work is exemplary. The dashboard is in glass fibre (as per the original works cars) with carbon fibre inserts rather than the usual wood of the standard GT. Jeager instruments include an electronic rev. counter and sit behind the Momo Prototipo steering wheel. A bespoke centre switch consol is fitted and lit by LED lights. On the passenger side bulkhead, the two engine ignition coils are fitted, also as per the works cars. An OMP FIA approved roll cage is also fitted with new black headlining above. The seats are bespoke light-weight items manufactured purely for this motor car. In the boot are the twin fuel pumps, an original fuel tank with the fuel filler able to be accessed from the outside; these details are as the works cars.
Mechanically the car is fitted with a standard 2.0 litre twin-plugged engine (original factory power claimed at 148bhp) with fuel injection supplying the fuel. Mated to the engine is a rebuilt five-speed gearbox with drive provided through a limited slip differential. Stopping power at the front is by Alfa 75 Brembo calipers with 2.0GTV calipers at the rear. The suspension has been upgraded with Alfaholics Blue springs, anti roll bar with damping controlled by Yellow Konis. This car is surprisingly refined on the road and displays excellent oil pressure when hot.
Although not an exact replica, this Alfa Romeo has been built with many similar details to the original cars but also includes some more updated items that improve usability. This exceptional example is keenly priced in today's market and is presented with a recent MoT certificate and road fund licence to enable immediate enjoyment.
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