from the ad:
This particular 1966 «GTA Stradale», chassis #AR613338, was registred in Portugal by the official Alfa Romeo dealership in Lisbon - MOCAR, Lda - in March 1966 with license plate FG-35-68. Portuguese license plates are issued individually to a specific car and stay with the car untinl it's scrapped or exported.
In July 1966, the «GTA» was registered to Mr. Luiz Passanha, one of the managers at MOCAR that kept it for a little bit more than one year.
In 1966, Portuguese racing driver Carlos Gaspar, raced and won the Portuguese Touring Car Championship with a brand new «GTA Corsa». Wishing to emulate that success driving a «GTA» on the road, Mr. Jorge Soares Mendes, whose father had raced an Alfa Romeo 8C in the 1930's, bought FG-35-68 from Mr. Passanha in July 1967.
Mr. Soares Mendes had started racing in 1964 with his daily driver, an «Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider», unbolting the bumpers before the race and bolting them back after, driving it back home again.
As he had done with the «Giulietta Spider», Mr. Soares Mendes entered a few club level rallyes with the «GTA», as well a very consistent race at the 1968 «Granja do Marquês» ouring Car race, achieving 8th position overall, among some very well prepared Ford Cortina Lotus, Escort Twin Cam, a few Mini Cooper S and Renault 8 Gordini.
Mr. Soares Mendes «GTA» was a standard everyday car, but inspired by Carlos Gaspar «GTA Corsa», he painted his «GTA» wheels white, for a closer resemblance with a proper racing car.
In 1971 Mr. Soares Mendes sold his beloved «GTA» to a well-known car dealer called António Ferreira de Almeida that kept it unregistered (it was not mandatory at the time) until 1976 to a Mr. Vasco André Lopes. In 1984 an Alfa Romeo enthusiast, expert and race driver called Xavier Moreira bought it for his private collection and kept it until in 1994 it was bought by Mr. Manuel Ferrão. At the time, even though the «GTA» was very complete and esteemed, it was in need of comprehensive restoration. It was commissioned to several Alfa Romeo specialists, returning the «GTA» to its former glory.
Afterwards it has featured the cover of a Portuguese classic car magazine and appeared on a few selected events.
In 2008 Mr. Ferrão sold the car to another Alfa Romeo enthusiast, Mr. José Barros, that kept it in his collection for five years, selling it back to Mr. Manuel Ferrão, who once more meticulously restored it once more and painted the wheels white as a tribute to Mr. Soares Mendes who raced it like that.
This a totally restored matching numbers «GTA Stradale», with documented history and in excellent condition.
Last edited by alfa-sport; 12-19-2018 at 01:20 PM.