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 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. With the exception of US cars all engines featured twin carburettors. 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.
The 2000 GTV on sale here is a sought after original UK RHD model. Owned from new by a prominent Manchester industrialist for 40 years and with only two previous owners in total. The interior has been re-trimmed and the bodywork has benefitted from a recent bare metal respray. The general condition of the car is described as excellent by the vendor. With only 45,000 miles on the clock, extensive history and presented in a highly desirable combination of midnight blue bodywork and tan interior, this is a fantastic example of a ‘70s Italian icon and an opportunity not to be missed.
|Auction||Blenheim Palace July 2016|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
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