An instant classic, Alfa Romeo produced the 105/115 series coupés between 1963 and 1977. They were successors to the Giulietta Sprint coupé and shared the same shortened floorplan as the Giulia saloon. The design of the body shape was young Giorgetto Giugiaro’s first major project for Bertone and it features similarities with his earlier design for the Alfa Romeo 2000 Sprint. At the time the balance of glass and metal and the flat grille with incorporated headlamps were ground-breaking styling features.
All of the various models within the range featured four cylinder light alloy twin-cam engines with cubic capacities ranging from 1290cc to 1962cc. Disc brakes on all four wheels and 5-speed manual gearboxes were standard features of all cars.
One of the latter incarnations of the 105/115 series coupés was the 2000 GT Veloce which is also known as the 2000 GTV. It was introduced in 1971 as a replacement for the 1750 range. The engine displacement was increased to 1962cc and it produced 132 PS. The interior trim was updated with the most noticeable difference being the separate instrument cluster rather than the gauges being installed in the dash panel found in earlier cars. Externally the 2000 GTV is most easily distinguishable by the grille with horizontal chrome bars which features the familiar Alfa heart shape in the centre.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Designed by the young Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone, the GTV was an instant classic from its introduction as the Giulia Sprint GT in 1963. The biggest revision came in 1969, with the elimination of the early "stepped" hood. It was then that the Giulia coupe became known as the GTV. Engine displacement grew over the years, the original carbureted 1570-cc DOHC four-cylinder (1600) was replaced with the 1962-cc (2000) motor in its final evolution, the GTV of 1973-1974. This engine was smoother, torquier and with greater power.
First introduced in 1962, the early Giulia differed from the outwardly similar 101-Series Giulietta by virtue of its more powerful and much less fussy 1,570cc engine, which continued when the new 105-Series Giulia was introduced later that same year. Despite its boxy, unitary construction body the newcomer was a paragon of aerodynamic efficiency and possessed a distinctly sporting nature, the 92bhp produced by its classic twin-cam four-cylinder engine making the Giulia TI a genuine 100mph car. Under the skin the Giulia featured a five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, coil-sprung live rear axle and - apart from early cars - disc brakes all round, a formula that carried over into the coupé version, the Giulia Sprint GT.
Launched in 1963 the Sprint GT was clothed in beautifully balanced four-seater coachwork designed by Carrozzeria Bertone's Giorgetto Giugiaro but now manufactured at Alfa's new Arese factory. It represented a successful attempt to produce a typically sporting Alfa coupé for the young family man, a modestly priced four-seater combining the elegance of a Bertone-designed body with the performance of a twin-cam engine.
Introduced in 1971, the 2000 GTV was the final version of the classic 105-Series Alfa Romeo. There were no major styling changes made by Bertone, merely a new grille, the body remaining the same as the preceding 1600 and 1750 models. Representing the final enlargement of Alfa's legendary twin-cam four, the 1,962cc engine produced 132bhp, which was delivered to the road via a five-speed gearbox and limited-slip differential. Torquier than its 1750 predecessor, the 2000 GTV was good for a top speed of 120mph.
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