The successor to the successful Giulietta range came about in 1962 with the launch of the Giulia ‘Series 105’. Many evolutions followed in the series, and from the Giulia Sprint GT came the GTA. The GTA, with the A standing for Alleggerita, or lightweight in Italian, was introduced in 1965 and was the official competition version of the Giulia Sprint GT. Produced in both road and race variants, the GTA went on to become an iconic sixties touring car. The race version was handled by Autodelta, the factory competition department which was run by Carlo Chiti and Ludovico Chizzola, who have been responsible for some of Alfa Romeo’s greatest racing cars.
Visually similar from the road-going Sprint GT, the GTA differed by virtue of its aluminium body panels, cast magnesium wheels, revised suspension, Plexiglass side and rear windows, and lightened interior fittings and trim. As a result the GTA tipped the scales at around 200 kilograms lighter than the stock steel-bodied car. The homologation papers for the GTA listed the weight as 760kg, competitive against the Lotus Cortina’s 750kg.
Alfa Romeo’s excellent twin-cam 1,570cc four cylinder engine underwent extensive modification for the GTA. The angle between the valves was reduced from 90 to 80 degrees and the valve sizes substantially increased; with there no longer being room between them for a central spark plug, a change was made to twin-plug ignition. In road trim the revised engine produced 115bhp with up to 170 horsepower available in race tune.
The GTA made its racing debut on 20th March 1966 at Monza, where Andrea de Adamich and Teodoro Zeccoli triumphed in the Jolly Club Four-Hour Race. From then on the Autodelta prepared GTAs enjoyed outstanding success, winning the European Touring Car Championship for three years running from 1966-68.
This car surfaced in Italy in the mid 1990s, where it was road registered by Irma Zanella in 1997, as shown by the Italian registration documents in the file accompanying the car. It has to be noted that there is another GTA carrying this chassis number.
In 1998, the Alfa Romeo went to Cees Van Haver in the Netherlands, before being sold to well known racing patron Sir Anthony Bamford. First registered in the United Kingdom in 2007, the Alfa then went to Willie Green before being sold to Michael Sexton and Paul Halford. They raced the car including competing with the car in the 2009 Tour Auto. They had the engine rebuilt by international respected Alfa Romeo racing specialists Furiani Racing. Purchased by the current owner, a well known historic racer in 2013, the Alfa Romeo has been maintained by Gelscoe Motorsport for the last two owners.
Accompanied by recent FIA HTPs issued in 2016, Schroth seat belts valid until 2020, and SPA fire extinguisher valid until 2019. The car is currently fitted with a second seat and Schroth harness for a passenger, along with a helmet box, making it ideal for events like the Tour Auto and Modena Centro Ore. It is accompanied by a rally stack of four spot lights and two spare sets of wheels (one with road and one with race tyres). Most recently, the Alfa Romeo competed at the HSCC Silverstone International Trophy meeting in May 2017 and the Equipe 3 Hour Relay in September 2017
Although this car does not have the clearest of histories it is priced accordingly and as such represents an incredibly good value opportunity onto some of the most competitive and sort after grids in historic racing. Having both raced the car recently we would be delighted to give you a first hand account of how much fun it is to drive.