Stored 40 Years! 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV

For our readers who are fans of classic Italian sports cars, you’ll want to check this out! It’s a ’71 GTV and it only has a couple of days left on the eBay auction here. Let’s check it out before it gets away!

For those unfamiliar, please allow us to give you the quick back story: From 1963 through 1977, and based on the Giulia sedan platform, Alfa put together a formidable sporting automobile. In multiple generations and option configurations, they all had a variant of the Alfa twin-cam four-cylinder, from 1290cc to 1962cc, and most of them were mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, save for a few that were built with ZF 3-speed automatics in the South African market. Most examples were dual-carbureted, except for certain U.S.-market 1750 and 2000 GTV, which had mechanical fuel injections. Additionally, they all had disc brakes, and later models in the U.S. market could be had with air conditioning and limited-slip differential.

All that said, we look at this example, and its rather interesting exterior color. We’re told by the seller that it is “Ocra yellow” over black interior, 54,000 miles on the ticker, and that quite a bit of mechanical fix-up has been performed, but it does not currently run. We can see, and the seller admits to a fair amount of rust. Otherwise, it appears to be complete and straight, needing TLC to really get back to fighting form.

I’m by no means an expert on old Italian machines, but if I had the kind of resources it takes to obtain and properly fix a car like this, you can bet it’d be in my shop very soon.

That’s what I think, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    We considered buying one of these in the ’70s so went to the Alfa dealer in Portland, OR while visiting my mother. Had a friend with one that we kept serviced for her and always liked the way they drove. Dealer had a silver grey with black interior in the showroom that was as good looking as they got. Walked up to open the drivers door and noticed rust around the edge of the pull handle. The factory had screwed it down so tight the edges went through the paint. Car had 7 miles on it. Disappointed, we went a few blocks down and bought a Blazer and used it to tow our MG TD to Florida. Rust a big factor with these cars.

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  2. Ken Carney

    I can see why it was stored 40 years, you
    couldn’t (until recently here in Florida) get
    parts or service for them when something
    broke or you needed a tune-up. These
    cars were hand made and so delicate that if you ran over a bump or into a pothole, your car would wind up in the shop for months at a time until the parts
    became available to fix it. They might be
    great to look at, but don’t think about buying one.

    • ken tilly UK

      I have owned plenty of Alfa’s and never had a problem getting spares as they very rarely needed any. They are great to look at and even better to own and drive.

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    • KEVIN L HARPER

      Seriously, RML in Daytona was around for 50 years. It only closed because Richard retired. You also had a major parts supplier in Paul Spruell Alfa in Atlanta.
      If you couldn’t find parts for your alfa in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s it is because you were to lazy to look

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  3. KEVIN L HARPER

    These are one of the most enjoyable driving cars when they are right.

    This one has a lot going for it and I do like the color. The downsides it looks like they tried to hide the rust in the pics. The car definitely has rust in the lower doors and rockers. This can be fixed but it takes time and money.
    The interior doesn’t look bad and the engine compartment is not bad. This was probably a former SPICA car, and even though SPICA is popular in the Alfa community, I still despise it and prefer carbs. Alfa could have gone to Kugelfischer and been better off.
    I love driving these, as they just put a smile on your face.

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  4. Tom

    Ken – not sure I’d agree with that at all.

    Mechanically these cars are robust, with proper servicing these drivetrain are good for 150k miles plus.

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  5. Mr. Bond

    I agree with Kevin. One of the best driving cars I ever owned. Still have 2 of them in the stable, and a Duetto. Easy to work on too.

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  6. Louis Chen

    I used to have one ’64 1300 GT Jr. It was a sweet car to drive when it run! It spent most of the time sitting in my garage dripping oil. I finally sold it. It was fun car when it ran.

  7. Mark Thomas

    I’ve had ’71 GTV for approximately 20 years. From the day I bought it parts and parts vendors have been plentiful. The SPICA is a unique machine in its own right. The car is a pleasure to drive and will cruise effortlessly all day at 80 – 90 MPH. The support from the Alfa Bulletin Board is incredible and the owner community friendly. Rust can be an issue but there are plenty of sources for replacement panels.

  8. Araknid78

    Jun 09, 2020 , 8:08PM
    Winning bid:US $9,100.00
    [ 38 bids ]
    Shipping: Free Local Pickup
    Item location:Greenville, South Carolina

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