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1965 Alfa Romeo GTA 1600 Stradale

The Best and Most Original GTA 1600 on the Market Today. Three Owners, Original Upholstery, and Just 46,000 Miles From New.

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VIN AR*613590*
Exterior Color Red
Interior Color Grey
Mileage 46366 Miles
Engine 1600 c.c. Inline DOHC 4-Cylinder no. AR00502/A*18702*
Transmission 5-Speed
Status Sold
Stock FJ1992

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1965 Alfa Romeo GTA 1600 Stradale
s/n AR*613590*, Engine no. AR00502/A *18702*
Red with Black Grey Interior

Introduced in February of 1965, the Alfa Romeo GTA is an absolute legend. Although it appears visually similar to the standard Giulia GT, it was comprehensively re-engineered to transform it from a pleasant and affordable sports car to a spectacular giant-beating race car. The ‘A’ in GTA stands for alleggerita or ‘lightened’. The cars were built by Autodelta, a racing preparation house that was founded by a pair of ex-Ferrari employees who had left during the “palace revolt” that also led to the eventual creation of Bizzarrini. The company was purchased by Alfa Romeo in 1964, and moved closer to Alfa Romeo’s facility in Milan.

The car was redeveloped into a purpose-built race car with a tremendous focus on reducing weight. The changes netted a reduction in weight of 205kg (over 450 pounds), to bring the dry weight to 820kg (about 1800 pounds). The effort to eliminate so much weight from a car that weighs 2250 pounds to begin with was significant. The body was aluminum aside from the roof, which is made from an exotic alloy called Peraluman 25, which consists of aluminum, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. Alloy was used extensively in the structure as well, including inner rear support, parcel shelf support, dashboard, and rear seat support. Sound deadening was removed, and Perspex side windows fitted. Even the window winders are light weight items. Bucket seats were also fitted and more minimal rear seats included in the Stradale or street version.

The resulting car was extremely capable, perfectly demonstrating the fantastic synergies associated with reducing weight. Even without mechanical changes, the car would accelerate and brake better, and corner faster and more easily. But the GTA was significantly upgraded mechanically as well, with specification varying from car to car. Most were fitted with a twin plug cylinder head with significant headwork to improve the flow, larger oil sump, oil cooler, high compression pistons, hotter cams, and balancing work. Each engine was built by a single mechanic at the Autodelta facility, and was permitted no more than a 2.5hp variation from the specified output, which was tested for each motor. The driveline was upgraded too with sliding block suspension, lightweight flywheel, magnesium bell housing, limited slip differential and even hollow shafts inside the gearbox and drilled gears. The half shafts were also hollow.

From the outset, the GTA was hugely successful on the track, earning a well-deserved reputation as a giant killer. On their first outing, which occurred at Monza, GTAs took the first 7 places. A GTA won the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring and the GTA became the first touring car to lap the Nordschleife in less than 10 minutes. Ultimately, the GTA won the driver and manufacturer championship. The cars were successful in the United States as well, winning the SCCA Trans Am championship. The GTA had lasting competition success, winning the European Championship 7 years in a row.

Most GTAs were used for racing at one point or another, even the street trimmed Stradale models. Consequently, an undisturbed and original GTA of any type is a rare find. This is one such car, which, save for a single repaint, it is an absolutely stunning original 46,000 mile time capsule example. Presently with its third owner California Bay Area owner, it was sold new by Griswold & Company, and has remained in the Bay Area since new. It retains its original engine, transmission, differential, suspension, and Girling brakes, as well as the interior upholstery in its entirety. In 1996, after 16 years of storage, the conscientious owner brought the car to the Italian car restoration experts at Epifani Restoration for a thorough recommissioning of nearly all mechanical and hydraulic systems prior to road use to ensure proper operation for the next 20 years of his custodianship. At the same time the car received a show quality repaint in its original red. All the GTA specific parts; magnesium wheels, oil pan, bell housing, valve cover, the notched rear bumper, and drilled-spoke steering wheel remain in place on this wonderfully undisturbed example. It is offered with the correct and original tool kit, jack, and matching spare wheel.

We invite your inspection to confirm this is the very best GTA on the market today.

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