The Alfetta series introduced in 1972 was named after the all-conquering racing cars of the immediate post-war era when Alfa Romeo won every single Grand Prix in 1950.
The new range of cars shared the racing cars’ transaxle design, whereby the gearbox is mounted in unit with the de Dion rear axle, resulting in near perfect weight distribution. The cars were initially available in saloon and sports GTV versions, equipped with Alfa’s magnificent twin-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine of 1,800cc (122bhp), later 2-litres (130bhp) capacity and mated to a smooth five-speed gearbox.
The GTV Coupe model, built by Bertone, was designed by Giorgio Giugiaro and had sleek modern styling with a sloping fastback. Racing success was bound to follow, and in 1983 Andy Rouse won the British Touring Car Championship with a GTV6 and, at international level, the cars took four consecutive manufacturer’s titles in European Touring Cars Championships from 1982-85.
This Alfetta GTV 2.0 was first registered in September 1980 and has been owned by the vendor since 1989. A rare Strada variant which had more upmarket trim including an electric sunroof as standard, it is showing only 51,000 miles on the clock which is believed to be correct - the vendor has only covered some 10,000 miles in his 28-year ownership.
As you can see from the photos, the car is no show queen but it does have its good points. Chief among these is that the twin-cam engine has been rebuilt by the vendor with new bearings, seals, piston rings etc. We are told that the engine was replaced sometime in the 1980s and the original number is still shown in the logbook; there should be no problem updating the details with the DVLA if desired.
The car has a working electric sunroof and manual wind-up windows, although electric windows and an air-conditioning unit are also included in the sale. The original Blaupunkt radio has recently been refitted to the car but will need to be connected up, as will the rear wash/wipe and the front fog lamps.
The vendor had been intending to replace the headlining and the carpets but these will now be jobs for the new owner to tackle if they feel so inclined. It comes with a handbook, some service history and 15 old MOTs.
Eminently usable as it is with an MOT until April 2018, this Alfetta is full of potential and can be used and improved as an enjoyable road car or could be turned into an interesting track day tool if desired. It will be driven some 120 miles to the sale and we have no doubt that the winning bidder will greatly enjoy driving this charismatic Italian back to their own home.