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Lot 7
1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce


Selling on Wednesday


• Iconic 1970s sporting GT finished in “727” Silver
• Thorough inspections and recent maintenance
• Appreciated by racers and drivers alike
• Long-term enthusiast ownership

1,779cc, DOHC inline four-cylinder engine, SPICA fuel-injection, 120 HP, independent front suspension with long-short control arms, coil spring, anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with upper “T” arms and coil springs, four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 92.5”

Racing is in the blood of those who work for, develop and design Alfa Romeo automobiles. There is always a bit of a competitive edge in not only their race cars, but those made for the consumer. Owning an Alfa is owning a link to one of the greatest legacies ever, one that produced countless notables in the world of automobiles. The heritage this legendary marque established prior to WWII was built upon when peace returned to Italy, and the sound of war made way for the sound of performance as racing returned to the continent. Throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, Alfa Romeo was at the forefront of the cutting edge in performance, comfort and handling, building a legion of dedicated owners and fans.

Tracing its roots back to the introduction of the Giulia Sprint in 1963, the 1750 GTV was a natural evolution of improvements in power and handling. Bertone’s Giorgetto Giugiano is credited with this highly sought-after Alfa Romeo’s styling. Described as the “step” look, these handsome Alfa coupes represent a major modernization in automotive design when they were first unveiled. With the new 1750 GTV, the engine was enlarged by lengthening the stroke to 88.5 mm. The red line was reduced to 6000 rpm on these new engines, which results in an increase to the torque rating. While the same gearbox was used as on earlier models, slightly taller gears in the rear end affected performance and handling on these revised editions. While base numbers were not greatly different on the 1.6L cars, it did have a slight improvement in performance but, for the driver, it was found to be quite flexible in both city and open road driving and was easier to keep up the pace when one desired to do a little fast touring. The popularity of the 1750 GTV was seen in production numbers reported to be 44,269 from the model’s introduction in 1967 until its retirement in 1972.

This example is reported to have arrived in the USA as a new car and has spent the majority of its life in California. Acquired by its second owner in 2000, this Alfa has been well-maintained and cared for. Our consignor tells us it is an honestly fast car that is a lot of fun to drive. Finished in its original Grigio Metallic, this car appears to have had a high quality repaint. Close inspection by our consignor has found no evidence of any body damage or structural concerns. Alignment of the body panels is described as being “spot-on”, with the doors opening easily and closing securely. Both the forward hinged hood and the deck lid are evenly gapped, having been dialed in at the Milano factory.

The interior is fitted with a pair of hard-to-find Alfa Romeo “Flying Buttress” bucket seats in their original black vinyl covering, black carpeting and simulated woodgrain inserts in the dashboard and center-shift console. With instruments and controls designed around the driver, the 170 MPH speedometer and tachometer are framed by the factory steering wheel with fuel and temperature gauges mounted above the conveniently located shift lever.

Under the hood has been basically untouched with original markings, decals, and emissions advisories still in place. During the recent tune-up, it was found that the SPICA fuel injection system, which was found only on cars imported into the USA, was functioning, which was proven by a recent road test by our consignor who reports that this coupe has a very “peppy” response to the throttle. Steering is responsive and the power-assisted brakes are in excellent order. It stands ready for any touring event, rally or just a pleasurable open road excursion. GT cars of all types have become exceptionally collectible and this sporting Alfa represents a great opportunity to acquire a true drivers car.

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