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Well, it is finally here! We were in Monterey for car week. Did all of the concours and car shows, virtually all of the auctions. FCA national meet, stayed at Carmel Highlands, visited Casa Ferrari everyday, dined at Monterey fish house, stopped at Dodi's, etc. Goodings...should have purchased the Vetroresina 308 but she did get a fabulous consulation price when we stopped at Canepa in Scotts Valley:

1971 Used Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV at Canepa Serving Scotts Valley, IID 13542819

It was a wonderful way to end the best car week of our lives. We were lucky that Bruce was there, and it was late in the day, so he gave us a personal tour. First of all the shop is flawless. Everything is in its place, and the cars have to be among the best in the world. You just will not see this type of shop or collection in very many places although there are a few like Motion Products.

It was the condition, attitude, and records on this particular car that caught our attention. And then we were explained about the Canepa Way. First you buy the car, then it goes to our shop, and we go over it from top to bottom. You may not get the car back for two to four months or more. There will be lots of invoices but no additional bills.

We watched the shop tours on line that were posted every week to note that the engine was out and it was being serviced. It has a few leaks, so they removed the engine and replaced all of the gaskets. Then they did the valves and tuned it.

Finally Bruce wringed it out for several hundred miles to make sure it was right. What a life. Selling cool cars, racing the best cars, and driving the hell out of your customers cars before they are sent off!

So, finally it is in it's place next to it's stable mates, waiting for her to drive it..any day now, when the rain stops...
 

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Was that a real 250LM? Looked a bit out of shape to me.
Yes must have been the angle. That one is the most valuable in existence having won LeMans and being owned by the Indianapolis 500 Museum. It was funny to see a paper with no brakes taped on the windshield. Go to Canepa and find their weekly shop reviews or walk through and you will see it under repair.
 

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that is a very very late 1750. As far as I know there were 400 of them with the later style GTV2000 taillights. What does Fazio say of the build date?
I've had one, same color, with AC. But euro version.
Very cool being a newbie I did not know that. How many of these are left? I was told not that many. Anyone keep a registry of these? I'll look for the date. Is that on the id plate?
 

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There is no real registry save what the clubs have. Andrew Watry on this board has a big registry of Sedans, don't know if he has the coupes too.
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You can mail the registrar at the AR museum, Mr Marco Fazio , and if you give him the chassis number, (you can mail in english, just a polite note) he will give you the factory info on the car.

Marco Fazio

Tel. +39 02 444 29 115
Mob +39 334 62 95 381
Fax +39 02 444 28 152
[email protected]

Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo
Centro Direzionale
Viale Alfa Romeo
20020 Arese (MI) Italy

Marco is a great guy and a true Alfista.
 

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that is a very very late 1750. As far as I know there were 400 of them with the later style GTV2000 taillights. What does Fazio say of the build date?
I've had one, same color, with AC. But euro version.
All the USA 1750 GTVs had the larger taillights in '71. But it is still a rare car with only about 1200 built. Looks like you got a good one!
 

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Yes must have been the angle. That one is the most valuable in existence having won LeMans and being owned by the Indianapolis 500 Museum. It was funny to see a paper with no brakes taped on the windshield. Go to Canepa and find their weekly shop reviews or walk through and you will see it under repair.
+ she has the Drogo nose. Wonderful car as is your GTV.
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Nice looking car! Sure looks to be in great shape and the colour suits her well. I have an original looking Euro spec 71 1750 GTV which is on just over 60K miles and a bit like yours was in storage for many years. One minor thing that struck me is that steering wheel doesn't appear to be wood, all the ones I have seen over here in the UK have a wooden Hellebore. Is that a US-spec thing? Doesn't affect the driving pleasure though. They are lovely cars and that does look like a beauty.

Mighty impressive garagemates she has as well!
 

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Nice looking car! Sure looks to be in great shape and the colour suits her well. I have an original looking Euro spec 71 1750 GTV which is on just over 60K miles and a bit like yours was in storage for many years. One minor thing that struck me is that steering wheel doesn't appear to be wood, all the ones I have seen over here in the UK have a wooden Hellebore. Is that a US-spec thing? Doesn't affect the driving pleasure though. They are lovely cars and that does look like a beauty.

Mighty impressive garagemates she has as well!


As newbies we have no idea at this point, but..there are experts here which is why we joined. A few more pics while at Canepa.
 

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USA GTVs have the plastic wheel, euro versions have the wooden Hellebore--Spiders and GTVs. Maybe one of the changes during the 1968 US off year to meet US regulations? Wood vs plastic impalement? Chassis number to send to Marco is on the ID plate in the engine bay. Nice looking example--1750's are the best.
 

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There is a Classic Alfa Romeo Registry for GTVs here: Sprint GT/GTV - Classic Alfa Romeo Registry

You must sign into your Google account in order to view the information. This car is not on the registry but, based on other cars, yours appears to have been built in May of 1971.

I tried. When viewing Canepa's images of your car, I tried very hard to find something amiss. The yellow fog lights and, possibly the front carpets and door panels, are the only items I could see that were not as shipped from the factory. The oil pan guard was an available accessory.

Unless they changed for 1971, the front floors would have only rubber mats. The carpet would come to, but not under, the rubber mats.

On the door panels, there would normally be another chrome strip running horizontally between the window crank and the vent window knob. Again, this may be a 1971 thing as I've seen other 71s without it.
 

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Can anyone show me how this is suppose to work with the seat belts? What is the purpose-thinking behind this?
You should have this type of buckle to work with the loop. Simply push the end onto the loop to fasten, then pull on the black plastic body to release. This style does not have a retractor and must be adjusted to size for each wearer.

If the belts are dry or stiff, I'm not sure I'd trust them in the case of an accident. You could either have the straps replaced, or install a new set with retractors.
 

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