A 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV Race Car is for Sale in the Motorsport Prospects Marketplace

A 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV Race Car is for Sale in the Motorsport Prospects Marketplace

An amazing example of a 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV Race Car is for sale in the Motorsport Prospects Marketplace. Offered for sale by Significant Cars of Indianapolis, this is truly an amazing looking race car from an amazing era of motorsport.

The History

The Alfa Romeo 105 and 115 series coupés are a range of cars made by Alfa Romeo from 1963 until 1977, based on a shortened floorpan from the Giulia saloon. They were the successors to the Giulietta Sprint coupé.

In 1966 the Giulia Sprint GT was replaced by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, very similar but featuring a number of improvements: a revised engine—slightly more powerful and with more torque—better interior fittings and changes to the exterior trim. Alongside the brand new 1750 Spider Veloce which shared its updated engine the Sprint GT Veloce was introduced at the 36th Geneva Motor Show in March 1966, and then tested by the international specialist press in Gardone on the Garda Lake. Production began in 1965 and ended in 1968. The Giulia Sprint GT Veloce can be most easily distinguished from other models by the following features:

  • Badging as per Giulia Sprint GT, with the addition of round enamel badges on the C-pillar—a green Quadrifoglio (four-leaf clover) on an ivory background—and a chrome “Veloce” script on the tail panel.
  • Black mesh grille with three horizontal chrome bars.
  • Grille heart has 7 bars instead of 6.
  • Stainless steel bumpers, as opposed to the chromed mild steel bumpers on the Giulia Sprint GT. The bumpers are the same shape, but are made in two pieces (front) and three pieces (rear) with small covers hiding the joining rivets.

Inside the main changes from the Giulia Sprint GT were imitation wood dashboard fascia instead of the previous anti-glare grey finish, front seats revised to a mild “bucket” design, and a dished three aluminum spoke steering wheel, with a black rim and horn buttons through the spokes.

The Engine

The Veloce’s type 00536 engine, identical to the Spider 1600 Duetto‘s, featured modifications compared to the Giulia Sprint GT’s type 00502—such as larger diameter (37 instead of 35 mm) exhaust valves. As a result, it produced 109 PS DIN (80 kW; 108 hp) or 125 PS SAE at 6,000 rpm, an increase of 3 PS DIN (2 kW; 3 hp) over the previous model, and significantly more torque. According to the manufacturer top speed now exceeded 185 km/h (115 mph). Early Giulia Sprint GT Veloces featured the same Dunlop disc brake system as the Giulia Sprint GT, while later cars substituted ATE disc brakes as pioneered on the GT 1300 Junior in 1966. The ATE brakes featured a handbrake system entirely separate from the pedal brakes, using drum brakes incorporated in the rear disc castings.

The Body

The Veloce’s could be ordered in the Bertone De Luxe body option which included extra options. One of the extra options was a leather interior. The only leather colours available for the Veloce were dark brown leather (pelle testa di moro) or red leather (pelle rossa). The seat panels had perforations in the leather. There were three versions of the GT Veloce 1600 Version 1(FIA 5126 Group 1,early): Had deep rear arches and Dunlop brakes front and rear. Version 2:(Referred to as Group 2 in FIA 5126). Had deep rear arches and ATE adapters on the front Dunlop uprights to take ATE calipers. The rear axle had ATE calipers. The Group 2(Version 2) cars were built with limited slips diffs and with different ratios in the gearbox and a selection of wheel widths 5″, 5.5″ and 6″ on a 15″ diameter rim as well as some other features. Version 3(FIA 5126 Group 1,late): Had high arches and solid ATE uprights, with no adapters as seen in the article in Classic Cars magazine page 88 April 1997. The rear axle had ATE calipers. Production of the GT Veloce 1600 started in 1965 for LHD cars and 1966 for RHD cars. There were only 6 colors for the interior seats of the GT Veloce 1600. Two colors for leather were dark brown or red, plus two colors for vinyl they were mid grey (nero fumo) or light tan(cuoio) and two colors for a cloth/vinyl combination grey/mid grey (panno grigio unito-finta pelle nero fumo) and light tan/tan(panno cammello-finta pelle cuoio). There were only 4 colours for the door cards two for leather: dark brown leather (pelle testa di moro) or red leather (pelle rossa) and two for vinyl they were mid grey(nero fumo) or light tan(cuoio).

Though the Sprint GT Veloce’s replacement—the 1750 GT Veloce—was introduced in 1967, production continued throughout the year and thirty final cars were completed in 1968. By then total Giulia Sprint GT Veloce production amounted to 14,240 examples. 1,407 of these were right hand drive cars, and 380 right hand drive complete knock-down kits.

This Car

This very well prepared GTV Vintage Race car features a very powerful and fast engine with Dual Webers, Full Roll Cage, Fire Suppression system, Driver Cooling System, Fuel Cell, Bigger Disc Brakes, Custom Racing Gauges, Short Throw Shifter, and more. The Engine was recent rebuilt by Jon Norman and dyno’d and has test miles only.

Where Can I Race?

A very competitive Vintage Race car in its Group 1 class and a true joy to pilot, the car comes with some spares and is in turnkey race ready condition.

You can contact seller Significant Cars directly via this link and enjoy racing this vintage Italian beauty today!

Mark Boudreau
Author: Mark Boudreau

Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background and research skills to assist race drivers by showcasing the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.