1974 Alfa Romeo GTV with its numbers matching 2.0 liter veloce engine and rare factory A/C
Odometer: 29,700 (I assume it means 129,700, but Georgia has odometer exempt for cars this old)
Title: Clear Georgia title in my name
The car was sold original in Santa Clara, California and I have all the original documentation. The original owner's manual, windows sticker, original invoice, maintenance booklet ... even the plastic card the dealer provides the first owner. Engine number matches the records.
The body is straight and rust free. I have not seen any signs of prior accidents nor have I seen any signs of any metal having been replaced. Engine starts right up and runs good. No smoke during start up or when running. Engine does not leak fluids. Great oil pressure of 60 psi at 3000 rpms at normal operating temperature. The receipts includes a complete engine, transmission and fuel injection rebuilt in 1996. The work was done by the Alfa Romeo dealership in Tacoma, Washington. I did an engine compression test and each cylinder is between 165 and 170 psi, which is very good.
The car includes a rare factory installed air conditioner, which works and blows cold. I even have the original operation manual that was published by Alfa for this air conditioner.
The paint is bright and looks good from a distance but it was not the best quality paint job. Up close you can see the paint has some orange peel. It may be possible to make better by water sanding, but I am not sure. If this car had a better paint job I am sure the value would substantially increase.
The car currently has BWA alloy wheels installed and it also comes with its four original wheels, hub caps and lug nuts. The original wheels have tires already mounted and can be easily exchanged. The car comes with BOTH sets of wheels and tires. The second set does fit inside the car for shipment. Also included are two seat covers, which I took off to photograph the seats.
Interior is in good condition without any cracks on the dash or seats. Nice looking period Becker Europa radio is installed and works ... although I prefer to listed to the engine! The outside chrome mirrors have the proper look for that era and include the Alfa logo.
In learning about GTV's I have read that three potential problem areas are (in addition to the usual rust areas of an Italian car of this era), dash tops that crack, weak second gear synchronizers and hard start when cold. I must say this car suffers from none of these problems. As mentioned, the dash top is in very good condition, the car shifts extremely well in all gears and it starts right up ... hot or cold.
This is not a show car but one that looks attractive and can be immediately enjoyed. Best of all it comes with good documentation and original paperwork.