Lot 178 - 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm Evocation
|Odometer reading||214 miles|
|Estimate||£26,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,500|
Once in a while, a special motor car turns up that reveals many surprises. This Alfa Romeo GTAm Evocation began life as a standard 2000 GTV. The car, having been discovered in a somewhat poor state, was ripe for restoration and a decision was made to build the car in the style and colour of the Toine Hezemans 1970 European Touring Car Championship winning car. The nut and bolt construction was carried out between 2013 and 2015 and details of the works are noted here but are by no means exhaustive.
Mechanically, the car has been built to a high specification that includes; a fully stripped, soda-blasted and rebuilt engine, ported and polished with fast road camshafts, a line ported inlet manifold and rebuilt 40DCOE Weber carburettors, stainless-steel exhaust system, a high-output alternator and a new radiator with twin adjustable high-output cooling fans. The suspension has been completely rebuilt, uprated and lightened. The brakes have been rebuilt using stainless-steel pistons to the calipers, copper brake lines and stainless steel braided flexible hoses. A bespoke pedal box is coupled to the Wilwood twin master cylinders creating a dual circuit and biased system. Drilled and grooved brake discs all around are aided by the Ferrodo 2500 brake pads. The gearbox and final drive assembly were stripped, inspected and replacement bearings fitted where required. The battery has been re-positioned into the boot area where the bespoke fuel tank and Facet fuel pump are fitted.
The interior invites the driver and passenger into a cabin that has been finished to the standard matching the rest of this extraordinary motorcar. The front bucket and rear seats have been covered in leather and Alcantara with the Alfa Romeo logo embroidered into the headrests at the front. The headlining (inclusive of the rear roof recess), parcel shelf, door cards, dashboard and kick plates are also trimmed in Alcantara. A full roll cage is fitted but importantly, does not intrude or detract from the internal experience. Various gauges and switchgear enables the driver to remain informed and to be able to control the various services.
Structurally, the bodyshell was completely stripped and sandblasted. The panel work included a smaller back panel, new floors, a bespoke boot floor, composite GTAm wings, bonnet, boot lid and scuttle panel. In addition, having had a sunroof, the roof was replaced and rivets inserted into the gutters to replicate the GTAm of the period. All further repairs were butt and seam welded whilst the shell was also seam welded and sealed for additional rigidity and strength. Externally the GTAm is fitted with new headlights, indicators, number plate plinth, GTAm number plate lights, rear light lenses and polycarbonate side windows and rear screen. Finished to a high standard in Yellow Ochre, with a Hezemans decal pack applied, the car is further complimented by a set of 13" GTAm replica wheels fitted with virtually unused Avon 215/45/13 tyres. All nuts and bolts have been replaced with most being made of stainless steel. Take a look at the undersides and see that the finish replicates the standard of the upper sides confirming that no attention to detail has been spared in any department.
This is a 1972 UK registered righthand drive Alfa Romeo with an MoT test certificate valid until April 2018 and Historic road fund license status. A comprehensive detailed photographic record of the restoration plus a file of invoices accompany this extraordinary motorcar. Potential purchasers are encouraged to view the file and look carefully at the details. For example, the riveted roof, the metal on the brake pads painted green as the original cars and the grey stitching upon the dashboard matching the stitching on the Momo Prototipo steering wheel; these are just some details that go to make up a very special Alfa Romeo indeed and especially offered with an estimate somewhat less than it cost to build.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.