We love finding rare and unusual cars that have been hidden in old barns and garages, but sometimes finding these special vehicles almost makes us sad. There is nothing worse then finding a rare and sought after car in a barn that was obviously left to rot. This 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTC is one of those cars. After years of neglect and abuse will saving it be a labor of love or will the restored value exceed the cost? If anyone is interested in taking on this Alfa cabriolet project, it can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $5,100.
The seller's photos aren't the best, so its difficult to assess the true condition of the car. But its obvious that there are lots of dents, dings, and plenty of rust. The seller claims that this car was originally a California car and if that's really the case, then whoever parked it in their barn must have driven it hard. Italian cars are known for their rust issues and while this car has plenty of rust, surprisingly it doesn't appear to have serious cancer around the windshield or any of the other difficult to repair areas. It does however have lots of rust and cancer in the floors. The seller sanded the areas with surface rust and has put primer on the bare metal to stop further corrosion, but nothing has been done with the cancerous areas.
The GTC was a limited production version of the Giulia GTV. All GTCs started life as a standard GTV, but were then sent to Touring of Milan who then removed the roof, added structural reinforcements, and the all black dashboard. There were only 1,000 GTCs built and only a small number have survived. Not much of this car's interior is still intact, but thankfully the all black dash is still in there. It shouldn't be too difficult to the missing parts, since the rest of the parts are just standard GTV.
The seller believes the engine is the car's original 1.6 liter twin cam four cylinder, which they say turns freely. But as you can see from the photo above, the engine bay is very dirty and rusty, but all the major components should be salvageable. It doesn't look like there is any cancer in the fender wheels or firewall, but we would be sure to check these areas along with the engine and transmission mounts. These can be expensive areas to have repaired, especially in a convertible.
This car is going to need a lot of work to get it back on the road and even more work to get it looking like new. The value of all the Giulia models has gone up considerably so the GTC should follow suit, but is a full restoration of this car even realistic? If bidding doesn't go crazy, then it might be possible to come out ahead in the end. That's a big "if" to consider, but if you want one of the rarest and best looking GTVs on the street, then "ifs" wont matter much. Let's just hope this topless Italian finds the right buyer and is saved from further abuse and neglect.