1965 Alfa Romeo 1600
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 Corsa, chassis No. AR 752540
Little introduction is needed for Alfa's wonderful series of GTA vehicles built from 1965 to 1975. These were a special derivative of the Tipo 105 Series Coupés that had been introduced in 1963. The main difference was a massive weight reduction program with body panels in alloy and a large number of alloy and magnesium components used throughout the vehicle to bring weight to an absolute minimum. The “A” in GTA stood for the Italian word “Alleggerita” or “lightweight.” Weight reduction was taken to the extreme. For comparison a regular production Giulia Sprint GT had a curb weight of 1,130kgs / 2,491lbs while the GTA came in at only 820kgs / 1,810lbs!
Initially there were two basic variations, both with highly tuned, classic Alfa twin-cam, twin-plug, four-clyinder, in-line engines and five speed gearboxes coupled to a live rear axle. The “Corsa" or racing version was destined strictly for track and pure competition use. A more refined and comfortable “Stradale” or road version was also available. 500 examples were completed giving the car FIA Homologation status as a true “GT” racer and these small and nimble machines immediately proved themselves more than capable against even the most powerful 5 and 7-liter engined racers of the day.
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 Corsa, chassis No. AR *752540*
This particular Alfa Romeo GTA 1600 Corsa was one of a handful of rare examples that were originally completed with right-hand-drive steering. The Alfa Romeo Factory assembly records record that it was otherwise a standard example finished with a red exterior and black interior and given a completion date of July 22nd, 1965. The records also record a selling date of March 2nd, 1966, some seven months later to the USA Alfa Romeo Distributor, Alfa Romeo, Inc., in Newark, New Jersey. It is unknown why the car remained with Alfa Romeo unsold for more than half a year. After arriving in the States, the car was sold to the regional Alfa dealer, Giuffre Alfa Romeo in New York City. After arrival at Giuffre, the vehicle was quickly prepared for Trans Am racing and sold as such, fully prepared to Richard Peritz of Little Neck, New York. From the Spring of 1966 until sometime in 1970, this Alfa GTA raced in a variety of Trans Am and SCCA events both here in the States and in Canada. After her race days were over, this GTA was stored in the New York / Pennsylvania area until finally being sold to William C. Winne of Sewickley, Pennsylvania in the late 1970s. Winne later moved to Long Beach, California and brought his prized GTA with him. Subsequent owners included a variety of well-known Alfa Romeo collectors and historic racers, including; Al Cortes, Joey Mazzotta, Enrico Tonetti and Dr. Paul Schouwenburg.
AR *752540* Today:
In 2015, this GTA was purchased by an experienced collector and historic racer here in the States. After import, his mechanics gave the car a full and thorough vetting in preparation for an active roll in historic races, rallies and tours around the world. A change in plans came about with the purchase of additional vehicles for his collection and it was decided to pass this special vehicle onto a new fortunate caretaker. This GTA is fully prepared and safety checked with no running time on a full and fresh rebuild of all components. A recent rolling dynamometer test indicated 175bhp at the rear wheels from a stock displacement, original and correct 1600cc engine running on street “Pump” gasoline.