Originally conceived in 1974 the Alfetta saloon would provide the base for the Alfetta GT, a 2-door, four seat fastback coupé designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign for Alfa Romeo.
In 1980, the GT received a restyling. Outside there were new one-piece tail lights, grey plastic bumpers, C-pillar vents and side skirts; all bright stainless steel save for the Alfa Romeo triangular grille was changed to matte-black trim. The 1.6-litre version was discontinued and the Alfetta GTV became known simply as Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0; the Alfetta name was dropped, but the two-litre coupé retained its type designation of 11636 for left-hand drive and 11637 for right-hand drive. 15-inch disc-shaped alloy wheels were now standard, as opposed to the earlier cars’ 14-inch pressed steel or optional 14-inch alloy.
The Alfetta introduced a new drivetrain layout to the marque. Clutch and transmission were housed at the rear of the car, together with the differential for a more balanced weight distribution as used on the Alfetta 158/159 Grand Prix cars. The suspension relied on double wishbones and torsion bars at the front and a De Dion tube at the rear. The rear de Dion transaxle found on the Alfetta and derivatives – GTV, 90 and 75- provided these cars with excellent weight distribution. The transaxle design, in combination with a Watt’s parallelogram linkage, inboard rear brakes and a well-located de Dion rear suspension resulted in excellent traction and handling.
The GTV would achieve it’s highest profile with an appearance alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond film Octopussy.
Pioneer Radio / CD, Manual sunroof, Oil pressure gauge, Dash clock, Heated rear screen, Front fog lights, ‘Gessato’ trim, 12v Power socket.
Based on the Type 116 Alfetta, the Giugiaro-penned Alfetta GT – later named GT Veloce and abbreviated to GTV turned an unremarkable saloon into a pretty, rakish coupe. This particular example started life in the UK as the manufacturer demonstrator before finding a home in Cyprus; a perfect climate for chassis preservation. As such the car made a fantastic template for a full overhaul by owner and marque specialist – Solo Georgiou. The owner and his son set about perfecting the car and a definitive photographic record shows each stage of the restoration process in great detail.
The Alfa red paintwork is first class all around the car, showing a deep, consistent shine throughout that contrasts against the dark grey metallic trim, sills and bumpers. Plastics and rubbers have been replaced or renewed where necessary although the car retains all of it’s original glass from new – proudly displaying the original registration plate stamps in each corner.
Bursting with flair, the combination of pinstripe Gessato seats, wooden wheel and gear knob are pure 80′s Italian fusion. Seats have survived remarkably well with excellent shape and contour, free of marks or wear whilst carpets throughout tell a similar story. The rear bench appears unused. Door cards and trim can be notoriously delicate although pleasingly everything appears tight and as it should be.
Cabin charm culminates in the 4 octagonal dials featuring vital signs for fuel, oil and water temp.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 2.0 litre twin cam engine has been completely overhauled and whilst lacking the aural drama of it’s bigger brother it does have character all of it’s own – keen to rev with a smooth delivery and a hard edge howl. Steering feel is fluid and feelsome – all the better for being unassisted – while the recently installed quick shift allows you to exercise the power band with ease. Fresh from a carb strip, rebuild and full service the car is mechanically up-to-date and ready to go.
Presentation is of the highest order with the scuttle and inner wings showing no signs of corrosion whatsoever.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 15 inch turbine wheels appear unrestored and although they do show some wear commensurate with age they are only original once so that is how we left them! Pirelli Cinturatos sit on each corner, as fitted to the car when new.
Braking power is more than a match for the performance on offer, discs and pads are in excellent health.
DLN 2Y was completed on the 28th February 1983 and sold in the UK on the 12th April of that year, as confirmed by Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo.
‘Motor Magazine’ featured in July of 1984 the car would be sold to a Greek gentleman who would go on to look after the car for most of its life. The car would only be used only on selected weekends before the car was dry stored for ten years between 2000 and 2010. The car was located in storage and sold to an Italian marque specialist who decided, upon assessment of the superbly preserved chassis, to carry out a full restoration.
The current owner spotted the car whilst searching for an Inspector to assess a GT 1300 Junior in Cyprus. This 2.0 belonged to the Inspector – a family project that was set to stay with the family for life. However, the situation changed and 2 years after restoration the car arrived in the UK in 2015.
The car has just returned from marque specialist Alex Jupe having had an inspection and subsequent service with an open cheque book remit. A glowing report on the condition of the car sits alongside an invoice with selected works performed chasing GTV perfection. The original book pack is present with an original copy of the Motor magazine article from 1984.
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