Lot 312 - 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT
|Odometer reading||66,500 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,840|
Alfa Romeo's Alfetta name is synonymous with the post war 158/159 Grand Prix racing cars that became known as the 'invincible Alfetta' after winning every race entered in 1952. 30 years later, in 1972, Alfa Romeo re-introduced the Alfetta name with the introduction an all new saloon (Berlina); named such as the new car shared the transaxle and de Dion suspension design of the earlier race cars. The front suspension was all new thinking with a complex progressive rate set up which used torsion bars in place of the familiar coil springs of the earlier Giulias and Giuliettas. In 1974 a GT version was offered; designed by the stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro, the new Alfetta GT left little doubt as to the car's ancestry. With the gearbox at the rear coupled with the de Dion design and new front suspension, the Alfetta offered 50/50 weight distribution over both axles giving the GT extraordinary stability at speed. In 1976, the GT, initially offered with a capacity of 1570cc (1.6 litre) was replaced by the 1779cc (1.8 litre) with the fuel filler-cap now visible as well as the Alfa Romeo badging written above the number plate.
The example presented today represents one of the first series with the narrow metal bumpers and an 1800cc engine developing 118hp. Both the interior and the engine compartment are original with the engine overhauled in 2007; since then, it has only covered approximately 7,500km. It has also been painted externally during which time it was reported to have no corrosion issues. Also retained are the plates and documents of origin and in 2008, it received the highly honoured ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano) Gold Plate; confirming the car's provenance and condition. With its twin overhead cam engine, five speed gearbox and disc brakes all round, the Alfetta GT is a true Grand Tourer in every sense and highly collectable today, particularly in its rarer 1.8 litre form.
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