Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Montreal (the city, not the car)
Here are two photos of 3025520 as I acquired it from a longtime friend this summer. He had the car since 1983, and I've known this car even longer, back to the days of the original owner. It is my 8th GTV and 15th Alfa in 31 years
It still bears the original Rosso Amaranto (AR509) paint, apparently a popular color in the registered cars so far. It is 99,9999% rust free. For an east coast car, it's pretty miraculous to dismantle things like the sheetmetal screws holding the closing plates inside the front wheel wells without any hassle, then to peak in there and find the rocker panel front sections absolutely intact.
Unfortunately, it suffered a rear end accident a few years ago and was never repaired. My friend lost interest, and the car suffered. It is doubtful the paint can be saved as it is pretty dull and a significant portion of the rear needs to be repainted. Water got in the ill closing trunk and rotted out the spare tire well.
The car was built in October, 1974, and was sold in Canada as a 1975 model. The Alfetta was introduced late in 1975 over here, probably because Alfa Canada had a number of GTVs and Berlinas left over; Canadian legislation allowed them to sell the cars as 1975 models as long as they complied with the current regulations.
What really puzzles me is that there are US spec GTVs with serial numbers much later than this one - I read in another thread as high as 3027000. Alfa made the US GTVs at the rate of about 1500-2000 per year, so they made the last ones late in 1975 oreven early in 1976... and officially they never sold any as 1975 models in the US. Maybe they sold leftovers in Europe? Some Spica cars ended up being sold new overthere.