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From Muscle Cars To A Racer-Owned Alfa Romeo

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
May 13, 2014
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Owner: Heiko Schöller

Year, Make, and Model: 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV

Location: Köln, Germany

Photographer: Alexander Haala

In 2002, a good friend and I wanted to check out some muscle cars at a local car dealer but it was closed. But around the corner was a garage for vintage Alfa Romeos and at the time my regular car was a Alfa Romeo 156 so we stopped in for a look. This was the first time I saw a Bertone coupe or Giulia. I always thought that vintage cars were expensive and hard to keep running but the owner took some time to talk and explain how to keep them running well. Three months later I bought my first vintage car: a ’73 Giulia Super 1300. And that was my first step into the vintage car scene.

Four years later another friend asked if I was still interested in a Bertone Coupe because his brother knew someone looking to sell: a very well-known German racer who had restored the car for himself. The driver turned out to be Mr. Frank Stippler (who won the 24 Hours Nürburgring two years ago in an Audi R8 LMS ultra) and he had to sell because he had bought another car. The Bertone looked exactly the way I wanted, so I bought the car.

The car is fitted with fifteen inch Alfaholics GTA style rims, the steering wheel is from a GTA and the car is very low to the ground. The car is in great shape and was repainted in its original color in 2006. The engine is a two-liter unit producing 131 hp.

I’m a huge Alfa Romeo fan and for me the 1750 GTV is the nicest car they built. I like that the color is rare and the car handles really well. With the two-liter engine the car has enough power, after eight years I still have fun with it, and just look at it! It’s simply beautiful! I really enjoy driving through the Eifel on the weekends. I grew up in that area and I know many amazing roads through the forest. The famous Nürburgring is a one hour drive from where I live so during the summer we often drive there to check out the track.

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Boris Berov
Boris Berov

Very beautiful car ! Love it ! Wish one day I would own a beauty like this !

Allen
Allen

Beautiful ! I have the same 1750 !

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stradale
stradale

sweet….just like mine

Ian Miles
Ian Miles

For anyone interested in old Alfas, this lot make for an interesting read.

http://www.alfaholics.com/

Rolando Gambini
Rolando Gambini

Beautiful restoration! I have the same exact car! Restored it from scratch with my father awhile back and am now looking to bring the restoration a step further on a few details, your car is a great example of what I’d like to achieve! Beautiful work! That’s not a Hellebore wheel is it? Is it a Momo Indy 350mm? Where did you find it in that color? It looks even better than the Hellebore to me anyways…

reader
reader

wonderfull car! but I can’t hold it back any longer I’m so fed up with this habit of taking photographs from the perspective of a mouse. It’s frankly stupid and ignorant to believe that any subject looks better when looked at from just above the ground. Especially when it’s about sports cars, which mostly distinguish them selfs by being low and wide. When was the last time you stood next to a porsche, ferrari or an alfa gt veloce for that matter and thought, “uhm… I’ll kneel down so the car will look much better” no it wont. Instead it… Read more »

Nils Wenzler
Nils Wenzler

Why don’t you show us some of your photography, instead of rudely and without apparent knowledge bashing the photographer here?

Mohammad Akbarpour
Mohammad Akbarpour

Ultimate gorgeous human-made piece of art and technology ever built ! Light weight and swift engine !! I hope I get my hands on an Alfa one day!

Mads Jensen
Mads Jensen

This is perfect. There is no other way to describe it. Of all the Bertone coupés, this is my favorite front and my favorite tail lights. GTA wheels and hellebore steering wheel. Love the color. But the lowering really does it for me. This is the best stance I’ve seen on one of these. Perfect!

eightup
eightup

phew that car sits perfect. i want one

Alec DeJovani
Alec DeJovani

Lovely little car. I would say it’s a little too low for my liking, but still really good looking. Love the color as well.

Lukas Duyck
Lukas Duyck

How was the car lowered?

Heiko Schoeller
Heiko Schoeller

The previous owner cut the springs…not legal but works fine and looks perfect in my opinion. But yeah the car is really low. Thanks you all for your comments. I really enjoy the car every time I drive it.

Johnny B
Johnny B

W U N D E R S C H Ö N !

phyzul
phyzul

@Alex, my stepnose Alfa GT 1300 Junior was featured here on Petrolicious a few months ago. What sets your car apart is its beautiful stock & factory-fresh appearance. It’s a stunning machine that would look just amazing parked beside mine. Congratulations on an exceptional car.

Beck
Beck

I’m one of those Alfaholics who prefers the arguably more iconic step-nose 105’s. That said, these shots (I don’t even know of the photography terminology) of this flawless 1750 is dead gorgeous! The cabin in particular is the jaw-dropper for me. Almost as if it just rolled out of the assembly line. Stunning as it was back in 1969.

Thanks for sharing this dream-maker with the world, cheers!

Jono51
Jono51

Lovely car. I personally prefer them in a darker shade of red or blue – maybe even aubergine. But there were a lot of great colors and it’s really difficult to make one of these cars look bad.:)

J.R.
J.R.

Funny you should mention aubergine. Recently an aubergine 1750 GTV has been spotted parked in my street in Amsterdam. It’s not a colour one often sees on cars, which is silly because I think it is the perfect colour for small classy cars.

Alex FromGalax
Alex FromGalax

Hey Guys.
I´m glad you like the Pictures. The light condition were pretty harsh, what makes it different to pop out the original Alfa Color. @Rob I´m not 100\% sure, but i guess it was the “Rosso Alfa 501” Color.
@Petrolicious
Thank you so much for share the Story and Pictures. I´m so happy right now.

Christian Juel
Christian Juel

I have the same car, but not in that great condition.

This gave me some great inspiration!

Thanks for the beatiful pictures of a beatiful car!

Mojaito
Mojaito

As soon as the page load up and took a glimpse of the car, my brain was hoping that it was listed on the market find section. What can I say, any alfisti would love it. Bravissimo.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Another gorgeous Alfa you have shown us petrolicious. I really do love all the pics even that nice big interior shot. I really cant think of anything more prefect in the auto world then this pretty example of a GTV.. simply stunning

Rob Wienk

That is pretty much the car that I want. Stunning! Would love to drive that through the Eiffel….and then through Switzerland, a bit of Austria, en then to Italy, and back again via the coast and through the French alps!

A question to the owner; you mention that “the color is rare “; which color is it exactly? It’s hard to see/judge, because the photos have a filter. (which looks great, by the way). It’s not the normal “Alfa Red” then?

André Borges
André Borges

I almost cried because of the absolute beauty of this specific 1750. Atrociously marvelous. I’ve for long been a Volvo fan, but the passionate Alfas have won my heart.

thomas
thomas

Hi Petrolicious Team,

I don’t know how you do it but another interesting story with beautiful photos. You made my day again 🙂

Thank you

Thomas