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I just picked up a '74 GTV, my first Alfa since the '67 GTV I had when I was a kid a hundred years ago. This car runs great and shifts smooth and has no rust (okay, 99.9%), which is all great. It needs a lot of little stuff, and most of all it will need the paint and interior re-done. I have questions maybe some of you might be able to help with:

1. The VIN is AR3023997. How can I check to make sure this is a '74 and not a '73? I just want to check.
2. The BWA's (see photo) are nice and undamaged but faded and tired-looking. Is there a tag/link/post or website that would tell me how to improve them as much as possible without paying for a full restoration?
3. The attached photos show the interior, and I have 3 questions about that:
3a. Is this steering wheel stock? I saw another like it online but most photos of '74 steering wheels don't look like this.
3b. The whole dash (top and face) is covered with a "mouse fur" material like what I've seen on some Ferrari 308's and Dino's. The door panels have the correct lines or grooves in them, but they and the rear side panels are also covered in the mouse fur. That's not stock or correct, is it?
3c. The three gauges under that dopey after-market radio are also an after-market addition, right?
By the way, I have the stock shift knob.
Thanks, everyone. I'm happy to once again be entertaining my long-dormant Alfaddiction.;)
Congrats on your new Alfa! As for the build year, I would send an email containing your chassis number to [email protected] If you ask for it, they will send you the exact build date, when/where it was first sold, and exterior/interior color.
Steering wheel, mouse fur and the three gauges are all non stock. Look for pictures on this board, there should be plenty on infor on getting your GTV back to stock if you desire to do so.
 
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