Lot 324 - 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTAm Evocation
|Odometer reading||1,789 km|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,000|
The Alfa Romeo 105 series coupé, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone was considered to be one of his greatest designs. Not only as one of the best looking and handling classic saloon cars of the period, but the advanced specification with its five-speed gearbox, all round disc brakes, independent suspension and powerful twin-cam engine still has the capability to embarrass many of its modern counterparts. These capable performance cars were soon factory modified for extra performance, with road versions (Stradalé) and competition (Corse) cars becoming the GTA (Grand Touring Alleggerita (lightened)) and later the pure competition GTAm. There is sometimes dispute as to what the Am stands for within that GTAm name, but the contemporary magazine Quadrifoglio and the homologation papers state that the Am is the abbreviation for America. With genuine the GTAs and GTAm models now fetching stratospheric prices, it is no surprise that many road cars have been modified to look like these superstars of the road and track.
It is one of these modified cars that we have on offer today. This Alfa Romeo GTAm Evocation started life as a standard righthand drive 1750 GTV and has undergone extensive restoration works. Mechanically, a 2.0 litre displacement engine has replaced the original 1750cc unit with the respected Alfa Romeo specialist, VeloceSport, having rebuilt this 2.0 litre unit as well as the gearbox earlier this year. Fuel is fed via the twin Weber DCOE40 carburettors whilst exhaust extraction is through an Alfaholics full stainless steel system. Attention has also been paid to the suspension and braking systems, both having been overhauled. A conversion to lefthand drive was facilitated for European road use, this has the additional benefit of the hanging pedals resulting with the brake and clutch master cylinders being within the engine bay and not exposed beneath the floor as on the righthand drive cars. Structurally, the Alfa Romeo was stripped to a bare shell and all of the exterior panels were replaced with composite lightweight items supplied by Bob Wright, the well known and respected engineer within this field. On the inside, matters of comfort have been kept to a minimum as a further aid to lightness. The internal panel work is exposed and finished in grey and a half roll cage is fitted along with two lightweight period style seats and a Prototipo steering wheel. Externally, this Alfa Romeo is finished in the traditional Alfa Romeo Rosso and is complimented by a set of Alfaholics 15 inch gold GTAm style alloy wheels. This is a UK registered Alfa Romeo that has a current MoT test certificate valid until February 2017. These attractive Bertone coupés are as popular as ever and with this handsome example being offered with some distinguishing personal touches, we feel that it represents excellent value considering its estimate.