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A Tale of Two GTVs

Afshin Behnia By Afshin Behnia
January 17, 2013
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OK, I admit it: when I first met my friend Manuel about four years ago and saw that in his ridiculous Alfa Romeo collection he had more GTVs than I have toes, I thought to myself: “Why on earth would you want so many examples of the same exact model”?

Sure, we all fantasize about our dream hangar full of our favorite works of art on wheels, but I always imagined that one would want to build a fairly diverse collection before starting to repeat a particular model.

How foolish I was.  I recently became the proud owner of my second 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV.  Both are the same year and model, and yet they are completely different animals.  Let’s just say that each one scratches a different itch.

The Green One

The old cliché about Alfa Romeos is absolutely true: you don’t look for an Alfa, the Alfa finds you.  This couldn’t be more true with the Olive Green Metallic GTV that popped up for sale in late 2011.  I was not in the market for another Alfa, and I certainly did not have the space for one, but the color immediately grabbed my attention.  I love a red Alfa like as much as the next guy, but I’m a sucker for all the pop colors that were available on GTVs, Montreals, and many other sports cars from the ‘70s.

The GTV was located in the Netherlands but was originally a US-spec car sold in California where it spent most of its time.  In 1994 it was taken to the Netherlands where it was barely driven.  In fact, it still has its American tires with more than 7mm of tread left.  The ad also indicated that it had factory A/C which also meant that it had rare factory original green glass to help keep the cabin cool.  All in all, it looked like a solid, original, and well maintained GTV in a rare original color that would make a great daily driver.

I decided it was time to bring this GTV back to its home in California.  Sight unseen, I wired the full purchase amount to the seller and crossed my fingers.

About a month later, the GTV shows up on our shores and Manuel and I go to pick it up.  Upon first inspection everything looks great.  The paint was and is even more beautiful in person.  The seller had even kindly included a little surprise in the glovebox.  This GTV turned out to be pretty much as described by the seller.  I have been driving it for about a year now, and it has proven to be a fantastic, reliable daily driver GTV that I can take on spirited canyon runs with my fellow Alfisti on a Sunday morning and then drive in the evening for a stylish night out with my wife.

The Red One

Simply put, the red GTV is a beast!

I’ve only had it a very short time, and frustratingly I’ve only driven it a couple of days due to a delay in getting it insured, but it is a very different driving experience than the green GTV.  If these GTVs were dogs, the green one would be a very loyal golden retriever that walks by your side, whereas the the red one would be boxer tugging at the leash, wanting YOU to keep up with the chase.

I bought this GTV from Manuel.  Yes, the same Manuel with a seemingly endless collection of GTVs.  He built this particular GTV to be the most sporty streetable setup you can get while still being able to drive around town in a civil manner if need be.  It’s a dual purpose car with an excellent setup making it competitive at club track events, but remains fully street legal and able to use 91 octane gas.

A full report on this GTV will have to wait until I’ve had more seat time in it.  In the meantime, if you’re inspired to jump into Alfa Romeo GTV ownership, start by taking a look at some on eBay:

Alfa Romeo GTVs for sale on eBay.

SPECIFICATIONS

1974 Alfa Romeo GTV

(JL BT 59)

Exterior

•  Factory original Olive Green Metallic

(Verde Oliva Metallizzato) with a partial respray

Interior

•  Wild boar vinyl

Engine

•  Stock 2 litre

•  Stock SPICA injection

•  Marelli Plex ignition

Exhaust

•  Stock

Drivetrain

•  Stock

Suspension

•  Stock

Wheels

•  Stock 14X5.5 Cromodora Turbina

Air Conditioning

•  Factory-installed A/C

•  Factory optional green-tinted glass

1974 Alfa Romeo GTV

(74CORSA)

Exterior

•  Originally silver.  Stripped to bare metal and

repainted Rosso Corsa

•  Front & rear side markers shaved for a cleaner look

Interior

•  Black naugahyde

•  Rollbar

•  Custom rear upholstery to fit rollbar

Engine

•  2 litre

•  Wes Ingram SPICA race pump

•  Petronix ignition

•  Ported head

•  Bigger valves

•  Eskendarian high performance 10.7mm cams

•  GTA headers

•  3 core radiator

Exhaust

•  Magnaflow stainless steel

Drivetrain

•  Araminas lightened gearbox

•  Sachs heavy duty clutch

•  Double shim LSD with 4.56 ratio

Suspension

•  Ward & Dean springs

•  Koni yellow shocks

•  NOS Shankle sway bars front and rear

Wheels

•  Alfaholics 14X7 GTA replica wheels in gunmetal grey

Air Conditioning

•  None

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Paul Shuler
Paul Shuler

Hey Afshin,
Was that aftermarket paint/powder coat on the GTA wheels or ordered as such? Mine came from Serpent Tire.
Not sure if http pics will come thru. If not, let me know the pic posting trick because I hit “attach file” and it just kicks me out.
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Andreas Lavesson
Andreas Lavesson

I have got to have at least one Alfa Romeo before I die and the GTV is a prime contender.

Raman Vivek
Raman Vivek

that is trully awesome

Jim Bair
Jim Bair

I have this nagging feeling that one day I, too, will return home and an older, slightly tired Alfa [u][i]will have found me[/i][/u]. Like a pet you take in, I will nurse its needs, give it a warm, dry place to rest, and surely enough fall in love with it.

Ron Levy
Ron Levy

A tiny little bit like reading about yourself…

I own a ’69 street/track car and when had an opportunity to purchase a ’67 stock GT jr I went ahead and did just that.

There is no logic to buying the same brand and model of an 40 )plus/minus) years old car, but once you fall in love with a GTV and get to live with one for a while, it is illogical not to buy another when the opportunity presents itself.

Glad to know I am not the only one…

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Indeed sounds like a very similar situation. I imagine both are very fun in their own way (by the way, I love Alfa 1300 engines!).

Florijn Steenhuisen
Florijn Steenhuisen

I love this article. These GTV’s are iconic and the way the owner has proven their versatility is great. The comparing of Specifications is a nice way too to see what mods are possible on cars like this. How much power would the red example produce?

The picture is drawn by Miha Furlan, who sells prints like this.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Beautiful print! Do you have a link to her website?

Florijn Steenhuisen
Florijn Steenhuisen

I’m glad you like it. [url=”http://www.mihafurlan.com”]This is the website.[/url]

Josh Clason
Josh Clason

The red one makes me heavily contemplate buying a GTV.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Stop heavily contemplating, and start buying! 😉

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