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Lot 102: Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Coupé

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

First introduced in 1962, the early Giulia differed from the outwardly similar 101-Series Giulietta by virtue of its more powerful and much less fussy 1,570cc engine, which continued when the new 105-Series Giulia was introduced later that same year. Despite its boxy, unitary construction body the newcomer was a paragon of aerodynamic efficiency and possessed a distinctly sporting nature, the 92bhp produced by its classic twin-cam four-cylinder engine making the Giulia TI a genuine 100mph car. Under the skin the Giulia featured a five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, coil-sprung live rear axle and - apart from early cars - disc brakes all round, a formula that carried over into the coupé version, the Giulia Sprint GT. Launched in 1963 the Sprint GT was clothed in beautifully balanced four-seater coachwork designed by Carrozzeria Bertone's Giorgetto Giugiaro but now manufactured at Alfa's new Arese factory. It represented a successful attempt to produce a typically sporting Alfa coupé for the young family man, a modestly priced four-seater combining the elegance of a Bertone-designed body with the performance of a twin-cam engine. Introduced in 1971, the 2000 GTV was the final version of the classic 105-Series Alfa Romeo. There were no major styling changes made by Bertone, merely a new grille, the body remaining the same as the preceding 1600 and 1750 models. Representing the final enlargement of Alfa's legendary twin-cam four, the 1,962cc engine produced 132bhp, which was delivered to the road via a five-speed gearbox and limited-slip differential. Torquier than its 1750 predecessor, the 2000 GTV was good for a top speed of 120mph. This right-hand drive 2000 GTV was first owned by the Rt Hon The Viscount Portman. A low mileage example (the odometer reading is only 20,556 at time of cataloguing), the car was restored earlier this year when work carried out included a full bare-metal re-spray, new carpets (boot included), new exhaust system, overhauled carburettors, mechanical re-commissioning and a full service. Driving beautifully, with both engine and gearbox described a 'excellent', 'BCJ 185L' is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2013 and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
TypeCar
Lot Number102
Estimate£12000-£15000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£17000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£19550
Year1972
Condition rating1
Registration numberBCJ 185L
Mileage-
Chassis number2411431
Engine numberAR00512/51267
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2