This is a GTAm Evocation, an exceptional "Continuation" car built on an original 1750 GT Veloce chassis by Alfa Romeo specialist, Sunnyside Garage in London, just like the original works cars. Originally bought from Hexagon Classics in London and imported into Hong Kong in December 2012. The ultimate fun-to-drive machine, guaranteed to turn heads and put a big smile on your face.
The Alfa Romeo GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita (or lightened)) was the competition version of the popular 105 series Giulia coupé. First seen in 1965 in 1600 (1570cc) form it was later also produced as a 1300 Junior version. In 1969 the 1750 GTAm (later called 2000 GTAm) was produced. There are two meaning to the letter "AM", one is 'Alleggerita Maggiorata' (Italian for lightened enlarged); the other 'America Maggiorata' (American enlarged). The GTAm had a full steel body monocoque shell modified with aluminium and/or plastic parts. All the GTAm cars were produced in left hand drive form.
Body: 2 Doors
Driver's Sider: LHD
Indicated Mileage: 87,500 Miles (Indicated)
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Not Registered in Hong Kong. Driven occasionally with Classic Car Movement Permit to shows and events.
History: Bought from Hexagon Classic in London, Imported to Hong Kong in December 2012. 2 keepers in Hong Kong
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The work was very extensive, the body has been stripped to the bare all steel monocoque shell, painted and wax treated. The lightweight panel work has been fitted resulting in the Alfa weighing only 780kg. The correct amount of rivets have been fitted and the shape of the front wing panels needed to be altered to the correct profile as detailed in Maurizio Tabucchi's book, 'Alfa Romeo GTA'. Many detail features have been applied like the correct door buttons and handles, front (removable) towing eye, correctly positioned wing repeaters, an original and rare INEZIONE (injection) badge and a more modern LED lit number plate and Xenon headlights to improve safety at night. Complemented by the Alfaholics 15 inches replica wheels and an outstanding finish of the coachwork in Ferrari "Rosso Cherry 136" color.
Inside, the interior finish to the steel work is exemplary. The dashboard is in glass fibre (as per the original works cars) with carbon fibre inserts rather than the usual wood of the standard GT. Jeager instruments include an electronic rev. counter and sit behind the Momo Prototipo steering wheel. A bespoke centre switch console is fitted and lit by LED lights. On the passenger side bulkhead, the two engine ignition coils are fitted, also as per the works cars. An OMP FIA approved roll cage is also fitted with new black headlining above. The seats are bespoke light-weight items manufactured purely for this car. In the boot are the twin fuel pumps, an original fuel tank with the fuel filler accessible from the outside, just like the works cars.
Mechanically the car is fitted with a standard 1750 twin-plugged engine (original factory power claimed at 148bhp) with fuel injection supplying the fuel. Mated to the engine is a rebuilt five-speed gearbox with drive provided through a limited slip differential. Stopping power at the front is by Alfa 75 Brembo calipers with 2.0GTV calipers at the rear. The suspension has been upgraded with Alfaholics Blue springs, anti roll bar with damping controlled by Yellow Konis.
This car is surprisingly refined on the road. Although not an exact replica, this Alfa Romeo has been built with many similar details to the original cars but also includes some more updated items that improve usability.
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2013 - 2018
- Engine Tune Up
- New Battery
- New Clutch
- New Ignition Cable, Starter Switch, Spark Plugs
- Repair and re-install steering shaft
- Suspension Alignment & Adjustment
- Repaint Bonnet
INSTALLED (* Parts came from sources such as ALFAHOLICS )
- New Rally Timer and map meter
- New Rally Clock
- Fire Extinguisher
- Install spare wheel with mounting belt and wheel holder
- New Torsion bar set
- New Fuel Tank
- Passenger foot rest panel
- Driver side foot rest (left foot)
- Install Battery Kill Switch
- New Battery
- New Ignition Starter
In the 1960s, Alfa Romeo was deeply involved in motorsports. Autodelta, the company’s racing division, developed a competition version of the Giulia, closely modelled on the street model. Designated GTA, the “A” was for alleggerita (lightweight). The first GTA was produced in 1965 as a 1600; later, a 1,300-cubic centimetre “junior” version was added. GTAs were made in both stradale (street) and corsa (competition) form.
The essence of alleggerita was outer body panels in aluminium, rather than steel. Magnesium alloy wheels and Perspex side windows were fitted, and aluminium was used for some suspension components. The engine featured twin ignition with dual spark plugs and a Ferrari Dino Marelli distributor. Carburettors were 45-millimetre Webers, and magnesium was used for the camshaft covers, sump, timing cover, and bell housing. A close-ratio gearbox, machined for lightness, allowed faster gear changes. The GTA 1600 weighed some 1,640 pounds dry in stradale form and produced 113 horsepower. In corsa form it could reach 170 brake horsepower.
The “m” in GTAm is subject to disagreement. Some suggest that it’s for Alleggerita maggiorata (lightened enlarged), while others argue for America maggiorata (it was derived from the U.S. version of the GTV 1750). The GTAm had a full steel body, with some aluminium and plastic components, allowable because competition rules had raised the minimum weight for the class. Reportedly, some 40 GTAms were built by Autodelta, and others were built by privateers.
Introduced in 1965 at the Amsterdam motor show, the GTA (the 'A' stood for alleggerita - lightened) was the official competition version of the Giulia Sprint GT. The model was produced in road and race variants, the latter, as usual, being the responsibility of Autodelta. Visually almost indistinguishable from the road-going Sprint GT, the GTA differed by virtue of its aluminium body panels, Plexiglas side and rear windows, and lightened interior fittings and trim. As a result, the GTA tipped the scales at around 200 kilograms lighter than the stock steel-bodied car.
Alfa's classic twin-cam 1,570cc four underwent extensive modification for the GTA, the angle between the valves being reduced from 90 to 80 degrees and the valve sizes substantially increased, however, as there was no longer enough room between them for a central spark plug, a change was made to twin-plug ignition. In road trim, the revised engine produced 115bhp, with up to 170 horsepower available in race tune.
The GTA made its racing debut on 20th March 1966 at Monza, Andrea de Adamich and Teodoro Zeccoli triumphing in the Jolly Club Four-Hour Race. From then on the Autodelta-prepared GTAs enjoyed outstanding success, winning the European Touring Car Championship three years running from 1966-68.
The following year, Alfa Romeo updated the concept in the form of the GTAm, which was based on the Giulia 1750 GT Veloce export model for the United States market. Equipped with SPICA mechanical fuel injection, the engine was enlarged to 1,985cc, bringing it closer to the 2-Litre class limit, and the GTAm made liberal use of lightweight glass fibre body panels and Plexiglas for the windows. The 'm' is commonly supposed to stand for 'maggiorata' (enlarged) though some believe GTAm stands for 'GT America'. Autodelta built 19 GTAm 'works' cars plus 21 'customer' cars for Group 2 racing between 1969 and 1971.
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