Mr Fusi, the Alfa Historian, who may not always have got it correct, quoted, of the RHD GTAs, 50 in 1965 and 140 in 1966 but the Alfa build record indicates otherwise or confusion or both.How many GTAs in all were built (RHD and LHD) and in what years? I thought someone quoted 50 RHD in '65 and 150 RHD in '66.
Also, have any of the GTA owners on the BB obtained an official build record for their vehicle. Marco at AR says the only way he knows of obtaining such a certified document is through Registro Italiano.
Sure does, stollen by my (x)step-brother in the 80's. Right now I am trying to decide on the best alternative for an original, high quality replacement. Looks like - accessories is a good and reasonably priced option.Just as I remember it. Does it still have the flat piece of metal in place of the missing steering wheel?
I'd like to second the idea of going to Roman- it's a bit of a haul to bring it up to SE Michigan, but knowing a handful of Romans cars, it's well worth it.First of all, congratulations on a beautiful car...an original unrestored GTA is a treasure. Please proceed with caution, you have a very valuable car with many incredible original pieces still intact. Please consider preservation rather than restoration, I know pictures can make a car look better than it is, but yours looks to be in mostly remarkable condition except for the rear of the front fender -- is that a hole?
Have you considered contacting Roman Tucker?
Roman Auto Prep
I would think he is the foremost expert on GTA's in the USA and would be an invaluable resource.
You asked about whether someone with limited knowledge of engines should attempt to get the motor running....
There was a great write up here somewhere recently by Jay Macro (that I can't find now) on reviving a long dormant engine. Hopefully someone else remembers it and can post the link. The first step was to put oil down the spark plug holes, penetrating oil first I think, then regular motor oil. Let is soak in for a day, then try to turn the engine over by hand. Don't force it. May be easiest to roll the car in 5th with the one plug per cylinder out. Next would be to get fresh gas in the carbs and tank. Pour a bit into the float bowls by removing the samll wing nuts and round disc on the top center of the carbs. 20+ year old gasoline is nasty stuff! If you can, pulling the carbs and cleaning them is probably a good idea, if that's a little beyond your abilities, at least unscrew the main and pilot jets and clean those. If it starts, let it get good and warm with just low to moderate revs for a while....