Stepnose Garage Find: 1966 Alfa Romeo GTV

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, or GTV, is one of Alfa’s most iconic models. In fact, it was so popular that production ran from 1963 to 1977. During this 14 year period, the GTV saw many revisions and variations. One of the most popular and sought after are the early “stepnose” cars. Many of the GTVs were modified by their owners to look and perform more like GTA race cars. It has become very difficult to find a clean and unmodified one today, but this very original 1966 GTV has been garage kept for the past 28 years. Its finally been pulled from it’s resting place and is being offered here on eBay where bidding is currently at $1,025.

The owner has yet to try starting the car’s original 1600 cc twin cam engine, which is a good thing. The seller says the car was running when it was parked, so there is a good chance that with some attention, this car could be made to run without a major rebuild. The seller claims that the paint is all original, as is the interior. There appears to be some chips and dings, but for the most part it looks to be solid. The seller says there is some rust on the floor, which is common for Alfa Romeos, but no rust around the windshield and rear window. These cars are notorious for having rust issues around the rear window, which can lead to serious structural issues. So we would be sure to double check in all the usual places.

It’s refreshing to find an original GTV stepnose and while it needs work, it should make for a great project. Let’s just hope that since the car isn’t currently running, that bidding wont get out of hand. These cars are a blast to drive, but being twin cam powered Italians can mean that parts can get expensive. We also don’t recommend working on the mechanicals if you don’t have some experience with Alfas, but there are many great specialists out there and even more Alfistis out there with the know-how to get this car running again. This is one Italian that we would love to have parked in the stable.

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Comments

  1. Ron Southan

    Damn beautiful cars. Don’t handle like an Elan though, but I’ve always wanted one of these.

  2. Ron Southan

    The seller has over 1200 transactions and he posts 3 pictures?

  3. Tony

  4. Bill K

    How lovely. Mine was a 66 with an enhanced 1750 and DCOE 40’s breathing through tuned and filtered air horns, larger valves, improved cam grinds, and exiting through a NOS side exit exhaust from a GTA. Her dyno report was 156 hp and she found notes, melodies and songs I’ll never forget or replace. Also remember the divorce and unfortunate sale of this, a Lotus Cortina, Formula B Lotus, a hydroplane and something like 15 Bultacos and other vintage bikes. But it’s so very true that it’s better to have loved and lost then to never love at all. This beauty also has a long silenced song and a potential for great handling. Someone with means and commitment should pull the trigger fast and never look back.

  5. Horse Radish

    Within the last 3+ hours you have four nitwits bidding this car up to $4717 as if it was minutes ’til the auction end.
    Besides the reserve……..

    HALLO !
    Amateurs,
    it has another 5 days and some to run…………

  6. Horse Radish

    Looking at the photos, looks like at least 3 other older Alphas awaiting dissection and dismemberment, and he drives a new Mini.
    You can deduct his interest in that car he’s offering.
    Flip, flop, another poor long term ownership ended for the worse………..

    …….and it’s 9 + days to go

  7. Cameron

    Did anyone count how many times the car was referred to as “the Alfa?”

  8. Ian L.

    Looks like a Michigan Alfisti found a barn find in Indiana, snapped it up, and is flipping it. Good work if you can get it.

    Based on the Duetto and Guila Super in the background, I’d say he knows Alfas. From what I can see this one is going to need full floors and rockers, and to have the side glass out to repair the rust. Throw in an engine rebuild and you’re looking at a pricey restoration, but if it’s really red/black originally it will be worth good money when done. Will it cover the cost? Maybe.

    Or just get it running, or drop in a 2L and drive it as is, once you replace all the rubber. That’s what I’d do.

    Definitely savable, but definitely work.

    Ian – Former Detroit AROC President and terminal Alfisti

  9. Kraig

    “Alfa”, not “Alpha”.

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