Lot 135 - 2002 Alfa Romeo GTV Cup no.020
|Odometer reading||85,252 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
The Alfa Romeo Gran Turismo Veloce (GTV), designed by Enrico Fumia at Pininfarina, was planned to re-establish the sporty coupé tradition of Alfa Romeo for the 1990s. The GTV's name placed it as the successor to the long-discontinued Alfetta GTV coupé and, with a typical Italian design, many journalists commented that Alfa had improved the overall build quality considerably, coming very close to equalling its German rivals. The car was indeed favourably received by the written press with the Alfa Romeo GTV listed as #29 in Jeremy Clarkson's 'Top 100 Cars' from 2001. In 2001 Alfa Romeo produced just 419 limited edition Cup examples inspired by a one-model Alfa GTV Cup race series, both 2.0 litre and the more desirable 3.0 litre V6. Just 180 of these examples were 3.0 V6 24v examples and only 155 in righthand drive - 3.0 V6 cars were available in red only while 2.0 TS cars were mostly silver with few examples in red.
This beautiful and rare example of the 3.0 litre V6 24v Cup edition - number 020 of 419 - is presented in unmarked Rosso red. Having been recently cosmetically restored, it is one of a few very good examples left on the road today and is set to become a sought after, fast appreciating classic. The previous owners were fastidious in their care as demonstrated by the full service history until 2013 and 76,000 miles comprising 10 stamps from Alfa Romeo and recognised specialists Pro Alfa and Auto Lusso and benefiting from another two stamps from local prestige specialist in 2015 and 2016. Since 2013, the car has only been used as a weekend/garage queen before a light cosmetic restoration and mechanical refresh this past winter. Mechanically this GTV has had the essential cam-belt and water pump change and has also recently had any other necessary repairs seen to, including a new clutch, brake pads and discs all round, shock absorber and electronic diagnosis. It also benefits from the new service and a fresh MoT test certificate. Offered with handbooks and stamped service book, three keys, nearly new tyres and looking as good as new, this is a rare opportunity to purchase the ultimate Alfa GTV edition; a car that was released to commemorate the five million Lire entry, Italian Supertourismo Championship.
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