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Made To Drive | S11 E20

1975 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV: An Underdog Abroad

It might be an Italian sweetheart, but they’re a bit harder to find in Thailand.
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Justin Mills
Justin Mills
4 months ago

Err, is this just in (the beautiful) Thai language or is there an English version?

TR5convalescent
TR5convalescent
4 years ago

A fantastic car and a great story. More power to your elbow!

Arno Leskinen
Arno Leskinen
4 years ago

Robert in LA:

The term “Junior” refers to the smaller engined and often lower specification cars and not to the age of the 105/115 GTV’s. The differences between the Juniors and the higher spec cars would take more space than I have here or that anyone would care to read about, but keep in mind that there were not only GTV Juniors but also Spider Juniors. Juniors most often had the 1300cc motors while the higher spec cars had 1600, 1750, and later 2000 cc motors. There was even a GTA Junior which was a formidable car in its own right. As for values, many do find the earlier Stepnose cars (64-67) and the 1750 cars (68-71) to be more desirable than the last of the 2000cc cars (72-74) since they are more delicate in detailing and more “pure”. The smaller engines are more willing to rev but the 2000 has more torque. Note that I am speaking of US specification cars since the model year breakouts were different in the rest of the world (you could get a 1975 2000 GTV in the rest of the world as in this film). They are all great cars and it is often a matter of personal taste or what happens to be available at the time.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago
Reply to  Arno Leskinen

Arno
Thanks for this. What you say makes sense. The Alfa Romeo ranges and line-ups have always been a bit opaque to me, probably because I have never worked on them. I only truly learn what’s what with the production differences in a car, when I have been buried in the parts catalogs for a while.

Franje
Franje
4 years ago

What a lovely, charming film! The beautiful beach landscape, the car, and the view of the friends he helped, all with their Alfas! Too cool! I think it’s fantastic that he would help his friends like that. And I want to meet that mechanic, as well as that friend sitting in the back of the Duetto(?) with the silky long hair, enticing smile and sunglasses…:)

PDXBryan
PDXBryan
4 years ago

Chong Song Ong, a man with a musical name and a musical car. Nicely done Petrolicious, this was an excellent feature!

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis
4 years ago

I am amazed by the car, but also by the movie /story. Great work.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago

Apparently the lines of the Tipo 105 series were first drawn by Giorgetto Giugiaro when he was at Bertone, By the time that this one came along Giugiaro had started Italdesign. These were the agile little coupes that we all ached to own as young men. But I wonder who did the later development of the car into what we see here? The body work became quite refined. Someone polished out the basic Giugiaro shape into the icon that we see here. The early car is very good. Many people, and the resale market, think that this is better.

Paul Steel
Paul Steel
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

I don’t think the design changed significantly really, apart from the step nose front end, which was redesigned under Giugiaro pen.

dennis white
dennis white
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

I think the early step-nose cars have a much higher resale value in the market than the later cars.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

Steel From the side, I agree. The front changes meaningfully. Are you suggesting that Giugiaro did some work on the later cars while working as “Italdesign”? I had not heard that before, but I am not basically an Alfisto. White: Do the Juniors now go for more than the GTV 2000’s? I am only loosely in touch with the pricing on these things. I was commenting basically to pose the question, hoping that someone who has deep knowledge of these cars would comment.

Paul Steel
Paul Steel
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

Robert in LA, Giugario was responsible for the change from step front (scalino) to the standard non-stepped front in 67, that basic design remained the same to the end of production, the changes were cosmetic, grill & light combos, that’s normal evolution of a design.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
4 years ago

Lovely little video. Wonderful car & knowledgeable owner. What I like most about this series is the way it reveals both the diversity of the car hobby, and how much we all have in common.

Leong Kim Oh
Leong Kim Oh
4 years ago

Well done! Chong Soo is the ultimate Alfisti in this region. you can find him here https://www.facebook.com/ong.soo

dennis white
dennis white
4 years ago

Ah, memories of my 74 silver/black GTV with the Turbina wheels that I gave up for a beautiful salmon colored Ford Fairmont! Wife and kids!! Know well why Chong Song is enjoying his Alfa experience.

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis
4 years ago
Reply to  dennis white

Ha Ha!!! You sound with great regret

Ed Soo Hoo
Ed Soo Hoo
4 years ago

Love the video. Any way to reach out to the owner as I would like to find the shop that did the work on his car.
Thanks!
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