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A Love For Driving Comes Naturally In An Alfa Romeo Giulia

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
January 14, 2016
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Story and photography by Robert Lidstroem

My late father was a huge car fan. When he got his driving licence, he had already been working for some years and was living cheaply, so he could put away a good amount of money each month. As a result, his first car was a 1967 Volvo Amazon 123 GT. Later on, my dad converted to BMWs —but when my brother and I came into this world, money was put elsewhere and boring family estates came along.

We visited car shows and pizza gatherings together, and my love of cars comes from him, but my parents both got cancer and passed away in September 2013 and March of 2014. In honor of my father, I decided to spend part of my inherited sum on a car.

 So I started to browse around for early Alfa Romeos, and finally, after a month or two of browsing, and realizing that those cars have risen in price (and most of them are in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands or home in Italy), I found one. In Sweden, restored, with what looked like GTA parts.

Ok, so it was in the far north of Sweden, 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) away. It was priced right at the top of my budget set aside for “a classic to keep for life”.

She’s (yes, I call her Giulia) a 1966, 7-owner, 35,000 miles, Autodelta-“touched” Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, tipo 105.36. No major ”tuning” has been made, just some light modifications. It was built on the 6th of July 1966, and sold new in Stockholm 13th of July 1966.

I spent this summer doing research on my Giulia, and ended up with some quite interesting things.

According to the second private owner, Jochen Rindt (who was a factory driver for Autodelta back then) was racing in Sweden. His GTA broke down for some reason, and my car’s second owner was lurking about in the pits before helping out the Autodelta pit crew. He helped get Jochen Rindt back on track, and Autodelta payed its thanks by shipping some parts to him! He got exhausts, manifolds, wheels, rear axles, and what-not for his GTA, and some parts as well for the GTV to be mine 35 years later.

That is the story behind why my GTV has original magnesium Campagnolos and a Group 2 rear axle.

You can find me and Giulia on the smaller, windy roads around my hometown. I have actually created a sort of “track” that I go back on forth on. Twisting turns, steep hills, flat-out-straights. The GTV eats them all and asks for seconds!

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Michael Mosesian
Michael Mosesian

It’s so nice to see a story about an owner who actually drives the classic he owns. Classics are meant to be driven, not just looked at it. Driving them is the only way we can completely preserve the memories of an automotive era gone by.

Alain Raymond
Alain Raymond

Lovely car! Puts a smile on my face when I think that I now have a similar one: 1972 GT Veloce 2000. Timeless design by a master, well built, a pleasure to drive. And soooo photogenic. Mine is at http://www.auto-historia.ca, under Squadra Topolino. Forza Alfa!
Ciao tutti,
Alain

Robert Lidstroem
Robert Lidstroem

Wow! Yours are just as beautiful! You have kept it true to ’72, and thats why i dont mind the wheels! She looks very well looked after and cared for! Beautiful!

Kiwiboy105
Kiwiboy105

Cool story. What a wonderful history to have on the car. I have history on my 1972 GTV 2000 too (not racing) which is always nice to have, including original factory delivery paperwork. Thanks for sharing and nice to see you drive her regularly!

Robert Lidstroem
Robert Lidstroem

Thats incredible! I would love to have factorypapers on mine! Thanks for reading and good luck with your ’72 GTV!

NWTom
NWTom

Robert, great looking car. I’m sure that many of us are looking forward to that spring day when we can finally go out and drive our cars. Until then, it’s articles like this one that keep the passion alive.

Robert Lidstroem
Robert Lidstroem

Thanks for reading and yes, bring back spring now!

Sam N
Sam N

Great story. Thanks for sharing.

Robert Lidstroem
Robert Lidstroem

Thanks for reading!

Jack White
Jack White

Nice car! What headlights are they? I haven’t seen any like that before, normally single reflector jobbies.

Robert Lidstroem
Robert Lidstroem

Hello, Jack!

Those are Cibies – made for Volvo in the late 60s or early 70s, i believe. The original Carellos has gotten lost over the decades. Thank you for your nice comments!

Dominic Nicandri
Dominic Nicandri

Jack I have the exact same question! Very much want to know.

Andrew Golseth
Andrew Golseth

Lovely Scalino and wonderful story–thank you for sharing. I hope this special 105 brings you many years of miles and smiles.

Cheers!

Clubsport
Clubsport

Stunning car Robert. Looks like just the right balance of upgrades and originality. I feel with the direction of prices I am close to missing the boat on these.
Can I ask where you are based in Sweden? I feel I might have seen this car around Kullavik this summer?
Thanks for sharing

Robert Lidstroem
Robert Lidstroem

Hi, Clubsport!

I’m based in the middle of Skåne, Eslöv. I try to take her out to shows and meetings, but i don’t think we’ve been anywhere close to Kullavik (yet!). Thanks for your nice comment, and yes i agree on prices! The cars started out at a fairly low price, but since the last owner got 20 calls in one hour, it had to go to bidding. Bids came from Norway and Germany aswell! But thankfully he wanted to keep this Swedish-sold-GTV to stay in Sweden. Good man!

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