Update 21 April -- SOLD -- Restored and upgraded 1966 Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint GT. Majority of the work was done by the previous owner who did a major restoration (9.x+) and now only the details have to be done to it. I’ve clean up some of the details with plans to do more. Yet with other interest taking more of my time, I am not able to spend the time to drive or more on the car.
So looking for a great new home for this wonderful car. Was featured in BaT in February 2015 -- Rebuilt and Upgraded: 1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV | Bring a Trailer -- /bringatrailer.com/2015/02/13/rebuilt-and-upgraded-1966-alfa-romeo-giulia-gtv/ --, and was my route to purchasing this car. Most of the details in BaT are correct, and what I will describe here should hopefully address any questions. I have the original EBay listing (SOLD) and copies of all the receipts that were given to me from the initial restoration. I also have receipts for the additional work I had done and parts acquired that will come with the car as well (see list below)
The build as described is correct. Couple clarification notes and additional work completed:
- Car is a Sprint GT not GTV. Restored to look like a GTA. (front bumper is included — still wrapped when I bought the car)
- Paint — Exterior, engine bay, doors and main trunk area completely stripped and repainted. Original paint (untouched) still in hidden interior areas like the rear shelf parcel, back seat area. Overall the paint is excellent, some lightfiller just below the front left bumper mount (cannot tell without a magnet) and very small paint chip near windscreen (drive side) where the vents are. Also the fuel door has a slight dent to it (came that way). Beauty needs a little imperfection right? So I’m not messing with it. I did have the fuel neck cut down so that you can actually fuel the car normally at any gas station that has the recovery boot on the nozzle. What a difference.
- All rubber/seals changed out by PO. The rear seal on the truck lid is not OE, but after trying and failing with the OE type seal, what is there now works the best and has a good seal — looks proper.
- All electrical equipment works, PO add a relay for the lights and horn. New wiring harness, but some spots in the engine area needed additional work to connect properly, so not visually 100% perfect (very minor and you really need to look to see where extra wiring was added — I’m particular so…), but easy to tidy up — I was planning a complete rewiring, I have all new wire with the proper color(s) and slightly thicker gauge, and fittings that will come with the car. The indicator stalk was not properly working, so I installed a new one — still quirky but works. Replaced the non-original fan switch to match the other 2 OE switches. Also installed a set of HID + Angel eye lights, and plastic lamp buckets (Alfaholics). Lights work great and are properly aimed. Angel eyes are on as DRL so that i am noticed among the SUVs out there. Install is “proof of concept” and can be as is or even revised to hide more of the HID electrical components (was planning to hide the ballasts inside the well well. Easy to go back to a regular H4 setup if preferred. Also replaced the front/side marker lamps as the originals were on their last legs. (All the original pieces that came with the car are included.) They now have clear lens. Replaced the battery as I let the previous go flat while traveling. Now has a trickle charger connected. No issues.
- Engine — The listed updates are correct. I had to, after driving the car a short time, replace the head gasket. Slight leak in the #1 cylinder — rather address now than later. Not sure if it was my driving or just a bad gasket. I had a local Alfa specialist do the head work (Glenn at Oliveria Engineering in Berkeley, CA) as well as do a through inspection of the car, fixed the “rattle” in the rear end (loose bolts) — no other issues. He says blow head gaskets happen — showed me his collection! Found that the head was milled which has increased the compression. New hard gasket from a reputable source and now running Octane Boost with every fill up. Have had no issue with the running of the engine since. Loves to be revved and driven fast. A true GT.
- Transmission — Excellent and you just have to remember how to properly shift an Alfa. First to Second is the big one to get right. Fun!
- Interior — Yes, new everything (the rear seats might still be the original vinyl), but not completely happy with it. Headliner is almost perfect with a slight tear on the passenger side that it really hard to see. Mirror is not original (mounts to the windscreen) but looks the part. Seats in front are great. Door panel on passenger side has a slight tear right below the chrome trim (I think this and the headliner tears were due to a rush install). Easy fixes. The glove box works via a magnet — nice solution to keep the original dash panel. Replaced the sun visors as the previous ones seemed to be for the UK market. Also changed out the manual seat belts with a retractable 3-point belt system. Still red and they mount perfectly in the original mounting location. They are much easier to use, safer and still have that period correct look.
- Trunk — Added a new carpet kit (Alfaholics) that has yet to be properly trimmed — fits nice. I replaced the trunk release cable and added a second release cable that can be used below the rear bumper — hidden. Nice for when you don’t want to open the passenger door to get to the trunk.
- For all the new work I will be posting pictures soon.
The following is a list of additional new parts that will come with the car (spent around $3,000):
- Alfaholics engine bay battery tray (was planning to replace the large battery with a smaller unit to reduce the visual mass in the engine bay and have room for relays, etc.
- Rubber full-length floor mats (Alfaholics) for the interior driver and passenger. Not a fan of the little floor mats and like how the black rubber would contrast with the gray carpet. Brand new, still rolled up.
- Dynamat interior kit (Alfaholics) to have better sound deadening, etc. Still in boxes)
- Wires and fitting to completely rewire the car. All colors are correct (even the dual color wires). Added a new color for the install of a electric fuel pump. Gauge is thicker that original.
- Facet Gold top electric fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator and filter (Alfaholics), also has the engine cover blank-off plate. Was planning to add this so it could really be a start and go car when it has been sitting for a while. Glenn Oliveria suggested to make it a dual system where you could use the electric pump just for starting (if it has been sitting a while) or as back-up should the mechanical pump fail. Like that idea.
- Rear fog light — Hella. Was planning to add this above or below the rear bumper for enhanced visibility to cars behind me.
- 2 new ignition keys — black plastic. Come with the 2 original ignition keys as well. 2 keys for the door locks.
- Battery tender connector — from battery to front grill.
- lug nut wrench — original style (more for show than actual work (I carry a socket and long bar)
Will also provide all the parts I have removed from the car:
- original headlamps and headlamp buckets (old and rusty)
- original front/side marker lamps (they kinda work, but a rebuilt would be the best course of action, if you really wanted to use them)
- front bumper (never installed)
- original turn, headlight stalks and extra parts from a third.
- Red manual seat belts. The retractables are great by the way.
I personally think of the 105 series these earlier step-nose body cars are the best looking. Other than owner preferences to change this or that, the car is truly both a show car and driver. At speed (70+ mph) it is stable and drives wonderfully. And the cornering is first rate. A fun car to drive the coast of Northern California. Now that I have done the shake-down after the restoration, there really is nothing that needs to be done to the car, except drive and enjoy it!
PM for more details and links to photos and receipts, etc. Allow me 24-48 hours to get back to you as I am traveling and as the weather is turning nice, want to get the word out on the car to the right new owner at the peak of the driving season.
$48,765 -- or offer. Car is located in SF Bay Area -- Marin County.