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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Minty Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV Tugs at our Heartstrings

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The year is 1967. The car? Alfa Romeo’s new 1750 GT Veloce – a fast, nimble, point-and-squirt coupe that much of the automotive world has yet to stop talking about. And now, 47 years after its original production date, you can bring one home … and for not a lot of coin.

Debuting in ’67, the 1750 GTV came to existence alongside Alfa Romeo’s similarly powered 1750 Berlina sedan and 1750 Spider roadster. It offered up a replacement to the visually similar Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, which in turn wasn’t far removed from the original ’63 Giulia Sprint GT.





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As the name suggests, its most significant update was its engine – a 1779cc dual-overhead cam four-cylinder making 120 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque. While that might sound paltry compared to today’s Italian sports cars, it was enough to give the GTV a top speed of 118 mph and truly enthralling characteristics for fast touring.

Underneath, the svelte 1750 sported an independent front suspension with coil springs and a beam axle at the rear, which partnered with a five-speed manual gearbox to urge the little Alfa from zero to 60 mph in around 9.3 seconds. Fast by contemporary standards.





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We’ll get the negative out of the way first. According to this model’s posting on Cool & Vintage, it’s not perfect. This late model ’71 GTV has never undergone a proper restoration, its interior remains clean though reportedly has its blemishes, and a good but not perfect respray coated the car about a decade ago.

That being said, the rest is Alfa at its best. The listing claims a highly regarded Alfa Romeo specialist rebuilt the 1750 engine and also fitted upgraded brakes and suspension components, resulting in one of the finest driving Alfas the guys at C&V have ever seen. Steering feels reportedly bang-on, torque delivery more or less a dream come true, but best of all – no rust.




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The price? You can make this minty Euro-market 1750 GTV yours for about $34,500.