|Cars - Alfa Romeo|
|Chassis Number||AR 2411003|
|Engine Number||AR 79443|
|Odometer reading||3,323 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 24th November 2012 Car - 24/11/2012 / 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV (GTam Evocation) / Lot 212
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 when the 2000 GTV was introduced) was produced. There are two schools of thought about the "Am" meaning; neither one has ever been officially confirmed. The first thought is that Am means '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. Presented today is a road registered evocation of a "works" racing Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm. Based on a 1971 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV, the car sports the correct 13x8 factory style alloy wheels, the homologated fibreglass wide arches, Monza style exterior fuel filler, lightweight bonnet and boot lid. The coachwork displays the livery of the "works" car that finished 5th in the 1972 Spa 24 Hour Race driven by Philippe Toussaint and Pierre-Yves Bertinchamps. Mechanically the engine is the matching numbers rebuilt 2.0 litre unit with 11.5 mm camshafts, Dell'Orto carburettors, GTA type inlet manifold, ram pipes and an Alfaholics tubular exhaust mated to the standard five speed gear box with drive through an uprated LSD rear axle unit. The vendor states that there is approximately 145 bhp at the flywheel. The suspension has been fully polybushed and is fitted with uprated Koni dampers. Other modifications include braided brake hoses, Ferrodo fast road brake pads, a full six point roll cage and a pair of FIA specification Corbeau seats complete with four point harnesses and an FIA approved kill switch. The wheels sit upon Yokohama A048 tyres. There are four further 13 x 7 inch steel wheels and tyres that accompany the Alfa. The coachwork looks smart in red and with the period livery; the underside has been repaired where required and then fully waxed for protection. We are informed that this little Alfa is exciting to drive and attracts interest wherever it goes. The vendor also states that it may not be too difficult to acquire FIA papers for this car in its current format. Ideal as either a road or track vehicle and with a current MoT certificate valid until March 2013 and a current Historic road fund licence, the fun may begin immediately.