Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600
The Alfa Romeo GTA (with the version GTAm version), five times, between 1965 and 1972, the winner of the Constructors title of the European Touring Car Championship, ranks as one of the most legendary cars of this category, alongside the Mini Cooper, Lotus Cortina and BMW M3.
Drivers of the calibre of Jochen Rindt, Andrea de Adamich, Ignazio Giunti and Spartaco Dini, among the most charismatic and spectacular of their generation, achieved success at the wheel of the GTA, thus enhancing its reputation.
Strongly identical to the standard roadgoing Giulia GT, the GTA was a homologation special designed for competition use. Total production between 1965 and 1969 was 501 cars. Cylinder heads with “Twin spark” ignition and larger valves allowed power increases from the 105 bhp of the standard model to 115 bhp on the GTA «Stradale», and as high as 150 to 170 bhp on the competition versions.
The use of light alloy for mechanical components, a stripped out interior, magnesium wheels and extremely thin bodywork, made out of «Peraluman» aluminium, enabled the GTA weigh in at 740 kg, about 200 kg less than the standard GT.
This chassis, AR 613886, has a particular history and unusual. Indeed, a few Alfa GTA have been originally supplied to the USA. The car was built on 9 November 1965 and sold on 14 January 1966, supplied to the dealer in New Jersey.
Between 1969 and 1970, she raced on circuits in the USA, with Roger Lewis behind the wheel. She raced on the most famous tracks in USA, such like Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio, or Summit Point. She won a race in the Summit Point track in 1970 and some very good results in his category during these two seasons.
It was then purchased by Mr. Horst Kweck who transformed the car into GTAM specification for the 1971 season and ran the car as part of the official 'Alfa Romeo USA' effort in the AARC Trans-Am series.
It is also noted that #613886 competed in the first IMSA race, held at Bridgehampton, where it led for an hour and a half before retiring with electrical problems.
After the 1971 season, the car was retired and it lay dormant for ten years before it was found by Mr. Robert Tucker who began a complete restoration to take it back to original GTA specification. Don Dixon, then the new owner of the car (after the restoration), decided to make some minor modification in order to participate to some historic rallies. This is from this moment that the car came again in Europe.
This is so a 100% authentic Alfa Romeo GTA, in excellent condition, with a clear and unusual history. All the preparation work has been done, by Furiani Racing, the most famous Alfa GTA specialist in Europe.
The next owner of this car will be able to use it during various historic competition, such as Tour Auto and Sixties championship, both organized by Peter Auto, U2TC series and some more events around the world.
Races car history #613886
Season 1968 : Marlboro Cup (USA) – Roger Lewis
Season 1969 : Eastern SCCA (USA) – Roger Lewis – 2nd in class
Season 1970 :
Mid Ohio Sports Car Course TransAm (USA) – Roger Lewis – DNASCCA Reg. Washington, Summit Point Speedway (USA) –Roger Lewis – 1st in class
Glen National Race, Watkins Glen (USA) – Roger Lewis – 2nd overall, 2nd in class
Watkins Glen TransAm (USA) – Roger Lewis – 8th overall
SCCA Regional, Summit Point Speedway (USA) – Roger Lewis – Overall winner – 1st in class
SCCA Susquehanna, Summit Point Speedway (USA) – Roger Lewis – 2nd overall – 2nd in class
SCCA So. Jersey Regional, Summit Point Speedway (USA) – Roger Lewis – 1st in class
American Road Race of Champions CS/DS, Road Atlanta (USA) – Roger Lewis – 8th in class
American Road Race of Champions AS/BS, Road Atlanta (USA) – Roger Lewis – 6th in class
Season 1971: SCCA Challenge Road America, Elkart Lake (USA) – Peter Schuster – 13th overall
VAN RIET Christophe
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