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1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

  • It was already one of the most sought-after Alfa Romeos, but this GTV 2000 also received a full facelift from British specialist Alfaholics.
  • Its fuel-injected engine produces 230 horsepower, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, lightweight suspension and bodywork, and upgraded brakes.
  • Nearly $240,000 was spent by the previous owner to create one of the best drive-in restaurants out there, and some lucky bidder might get it at auction from Bring a Trailer.
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In the old days, the stopwatch made the rules: whichever sports car was fastest to 60 mph or around a circuit was the best. QED. Yet, even at that time, many enthusiasts romanticized the appeal of an Alfa Romeo, not just performance, but an experience. In an era when dollar equals speed, that appeal hasn’t gone away. If anything, as in the case of this special little Alfa, the romance is even more concentrated.

In the auction on the website Bring a trailer—what, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos– is this beautiful jam of motoring with vitality. Based on a 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, one of the most beautiful coupes to come out of a Milanese factory, this one has been treated to a full conversion from UK-based firm Alfaholics. With a week to go until the auction ends on Wednesday, November 30, bidding stands at $110,000.

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If paying new 911 money for an old Alfa sounds crazy, it’s not.

First take the GTV 2000 itself. 1974 was the last year of these cars for the US market, and they had everything needed to give a special driving feel. With a frothy 130-hp twin-cam engine, a nimble chassis that tips the scales at just over 2,200 pounds, and gorgeous styling, the Gran Turismo Veloce was everything Alfisti could have wanted. If the internal combustion wasn’t always inside, it was just a little extra Alfa-pig. A life without even a little drama isn’t worth living, right?

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In 1977, Richard Banks purchased the first Alfa Romeo Alfetta 2.0L GTV in the UK for competition in the British Production Saloon Car Championship. The car was very competitive. As a sideline to help pay for the races, he bought and refreshed a second-hand 2000 GTV. It sold the same day its ad appeared in the local paper.

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Art and Science

More than four decades later, Banks and his two sons – both trained as lawyers but also involved in racing – run a family firm dedicated to creating the best Alfa Romeos. It’s tempting to compare Alfaholics to California-based Singer and that company’s reimagined 911s, but there are differences. Much of Singer’s work is pure artistry, but the cars that come out of the Alfaholics workshop are more of an organic result of one family’s Alfa racing obsession.

However, a Singer-restored 911 and an Alfaholics-styled machine are both idealized experiences of what you hope a Porsche or Alfa Romeo will be. They’re both a kind of cask-strength distillation of the essence of the brand, the meet-your-heroes moment that doesn’t disappoint.

This 1974 GTV2000 was purchased by Bring a Trailer two years ago and immediately shipped to Somerset for the full Alfaholics treatment with the company’s GTA-R upgraded package. The list of modifications is too complete to convey in its entirety, but highlights include a hand-built 2.1L twin-cam four-cylinder engine good for around 230 hp, a close-ratio five-speed manual transmission, extensive lightweighting from lighter glass to carbon – fiberglass bodywork, six-piston front brakes, and a suspension that contains more titanium than your average space rocket.

And because this car was headed to Texas, it also has air conditioning. While born from lessons learned on the race track, this GTV is intended for drivers. Indeed, close inspection of the chassis shows some oxidation of the titanium pieces, and the paintwork on the chassis has a blemish or two.

All this underlines the emphasis that this is a car to be driven. Whatever the final hammer price is, it will probably be enough to buy a seat in some pretty high-test modern machinery, but that’s not the point. An Alfaholics GTA-R offers the kind of drive that transcends the stopwatch and the disc pad. For one very lucky bidder, it’s a bucket-list driving experience.

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