1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint 1600 GTA Stradale Carte grise française Châssis n° AR 613713 Moteur n° AR 00502/A*19380* - Historique détaillé, quatre propriétaires depuis l'origine - Restauration proche de la perfection - Modèle rare et légendaire Une Alfa Giulia Sprint GTA c'est...
On the 25th March 1968, the car was purchased by Philippe Reyberolle, a winemaker from Reims who owned it for ten months (registration plate 4 ND 51). He also took part in racing events, notably the 1968 Ardennes rally where he won the Touring and Special class and also in the first rally of the international Tour de l'Aisne where he retired due to an electrical fault. Before this event, the car was serviced by Autodelta and towards the end of the year, he sold it to the Cuynet garage in Champagnole.
It was then acquired by Henri Bully in January 1969, who registered it on the 27th January as 190 GJ 39 before also taking part in several events: the 1969 Mont Jura hill climb (class victory), 1969 Ballon d'Alsace hill climb, the 1969 Circuit de Dijon, 1970 Ronde du Jura (second in class), the 1969 Faucille hill climb, the Treffort hill climb. Altogether, he owned the car for 44 years. He left it abandoned for a while, it was then stripped down and stored in crates so it could be restored, which never happened but the engine was nonetheless restored. As a friend of Francois Landon, director of the SoFAR racing department at that time, Henri Bully benefited from numerous Autodelta spare parts, such as a ringed cylinder head and a sliding block kit.
Finally, Henri Bully sold the car on 4th April 2013 to its current owner, who registered it as EP-961-FX. He's also a racing enthusiast and has taken part in a large number of historic events behind the wheel of an Alfa 2000 GTV (including 22 participations in the historic Tour Auto).
After buying the GTA, he took the plunge on a complete restoration with the brand's top specialists, including Tony Rotondi, a former Alfa Romeo agent who became Conrero's official representative in France. Carried out over several years, the result of this restoration is breath-taking. Nothing was left to spare and all parts used were original, right down to the battery support bar and the twin electric fuel pumps. The interior is as it was when the car left the factory, as is the engine bay which houses the 4-cylinder twin-cam dual ignition engine. All accessories are compliant, from door handles to the rear registration plate lighting, from the map reading light to the manual windscreen washer pump, from the distinctive jack to the dashboard. The substructure is like new and clever would be the person who finds any flaws in this Alfa Giulia GTA, as the standard of its restoration is high. It is one of the most beautiful of its kind, among the successive ones of this enviable model. Equipped with its Autodelta sliding block differential kit and magnesium casings, it has a running-in mileage of 2,000 km and the car will be provided with an important file of historical images and press clippings. This particular GTA pays a perfect tribute to this legendary model, through its history and impeccable condition. Enthusiasts should make no mistake about it.
Let's not forget that the Giulia GTA is a sharpened version of the Giulia Sprint coupe launched in 1963. In order to be competitive, Autodelta was in charge of transforming the elegant coupe into a suitable racing machine from 1964. The bodywork was lightened thanks to a special alloy called "Peraluman 25" for the exterior, with the platform remaining in steel for rigidity purposes. Non-essential elements (such as the soundproofing) were discarded and the interior was stripped down. This slimming process resulted in a loss of 200kg in order to reach 750 kg. As part of this radical change, a deeply modified cylinder head with dual ignition was integrated on the Giulia 1,570 cm3 engine. The transmission and suspensions were also modified to make the car a lot more dynamic than the standard version. The new model was called Sprint GTA, for "Gran Turismo Alleggerita" [light]. The GTA's price was then significantly higher than the standard Giulia GT coupe : over a third more than the basic price and close to the TZ one, which indicates the importance of modifications carried out and the transformation of its personality.
The new GTA was unveiled on the 18th February 1965 at the Amsterdam Motor Show, a date that marked the start of an amazing career on all grounds, including an impressive track record. A limited number of around 500 examples were produced.
Estimation 360 000 - 460 000 €