1974 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV SE

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1974 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV SE

Background

The Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce (also known as the GTV) was introduced in 1971 in both convertible and coupe forms. A replacement for the 1750, the increase in engine size saw power up to 132PS at around 5,500 rpm. Fuel injection was fitted for the American and Canadian markets, with carburettors retained for the Europeans.

The eagle-eyed will be able to spot the different grille, which became standard on the Junior ranges too from 1974.

The interior trim also got a makeover, the biggest difference being the introduction of a separate instrument cluster, instead of the gauges installed in the dash panel in earlier cars.

There can be no doubt that the 2000 GTV is one of the prettiest cars ever made, the delicate proportions being something that modern car designers can now only dream about.

The peppy engine was mated to a slick five-speed gearbox and in true Alfa style, this was a driver’s car through and through.

In total almost 35,000 2000 GTVs were made with production finally ending in 1977, though by then the cars were being made in South Africa.

Good GTVs are getting harder and harder to find. Well, look no more as we have an absolute beauty for sale.

The Vehicle

We are delighted to be offering for sale an original right-hand drive GTV. SE spec saw the car leave the factory with such niceties as air-conditioning, safety belts, tinted glass, and a black vinyl roof.

The first owner purchased the car from Alfa Romeo in Milan and had it immediately shipped to Bahrain. It then travelled with him to Abu Dhabi. A programme of work was then undertaken. A move to South Africa followed and more work was done, culminating inn a second-place award in the Concours D’Elegance from The Cape Alfa Romeo Club in 2007.

After the owner’s death in 2009, his son re-imported the car to the UK and was then sold to its second owner, a true Alfa enthusiast. He entrusted the car to Rusper Alfa Romeo for extensive restoration, spending the princely sum of £9,500.

The present owner has kept up the good work spending a further £3,500 bringing the car up to the excellent standard that you see today.

He tells us that the car has never been apart but instead has undergone sympathetic restoration over its lifetime, which helps explain the good panel gaps etc.

It is believed that the mileage is genuine, as the service history provides strong evidence to this effect, noting servicing at various periods in the car’s life – (5/8/81 = 27,240, 23/4/99 = 56,085, 20/11/09 = 65,943).

Our seller further reports that the engine runs sweetly, the steering is taut and responsive, and with the correct Pirelli tyres now fitted, grips the road and handles exactly as its maker intended.

It is reluctantly offered for sale to help fund the purchase of an Alfa Romeo Montreal.

On the Outside

As we have already mentioned, this lovely Alfa spent much of its life in far away sunny climes. This has clearly paid dividends with regards to the car’s general condition.

Having said that, we know the second owner commissioned a full glass out respray. A new front valance and rear panel were fitted at the time as well as new window and door seals. The windscreen was replaced too.

The ‘Biancospino’, or Hawthorn White paintwork presents well and boasts a deep lustre to the finish. It has clearly been well tended too and the car stored properly when not in use. We can find little to criticize and believe us when we say, we do look!

The roof no longer has a vinyl covering but is painted in black in homage to the original specification. Sensible we think.

The chrome work is all very shiny, and our fastidious seller has replaced the Alfa badges on the front grille and boot.

Wheels have been refurbished and look very smart and our seller has fitted correct Pirelli Cinturato tyres all round, including the spare. All have plenty of tread and as we always like to point out, care taken with tyre choice is generally a good indication of good classic car ownership.

On the Inside

The Alfa’s second owner fitted new carpets and door cards, and these are of course still in tiptop condition.

The seat coverings have clearly been replaced at some point and show very little sign of wear. There is a small area of damage to the edging on the driver’s seat – something and nothing.

The wood-rimmed steering wheel is a veritable delight to hold and behold and ahead of it sits a raft of useful gauges.

So as not to spoil the looks of the delightful wooden dashboard, a Panasonic CD/radio has been fitted in the glovebox.

Our seller has mentioned some minor interior faults. There is a small crack in the dashboard top which has been repaired with a flexible plastic filler. The instrument cowl R.H.S. mounting flange is broken and the heater blower fan has recently stopped working. We suspect a loose wire or bad earth.

There’s a surprisingly large boot housing amongst other things the full-size spare wheel. This sits in a wheel well which has been renewed. Also on display under the boot carpet is the petrol tank, also renewed.

It should be noted that the notoriously unreliable air conditioning system has been removed, though is available should the car’s new owner wish to install it.

Underneath

We always include a selection of photographs of a car’s underside in our listings and this is the case here. It would seem unlikely that the Alfa has ever been driven in the wet in recent years. A little surface dirt is all that is visible, with evidence of quality underseal well applied in all the right places.

Lift the bonnet and that glorious Alfa engine is revealed in all its glory. The bay itself is in super condition and all the components look to be in fine fettle. Not surprising given the caring owners this car has had.

There is one blade broken on the cooling fan, blotting an otherwise almost perfect copybook, oh and the radiator cowl is cracked. A new cooling fan and radiator cowl are included in the sale and just need fitting.

As previously mentioned, our seller reports that the car is an absolute pleasure to drive. What’s for sure, it’s a head-turner par excellence!

History Highlights

There is so much to say in this section that it is hard to know where to begin. We would recommend spending some time poring over the extensive paperwork which accompanies this car and copies of which have been included in the photograph section.

There is also a raft of old MoT certificates which help to corroborate the mileage. The last test was carried out in May 2020, with just one minor advisory recorded.

For ease, below is a list of work carried out. Firstly, the second owner:

• Bottom end engine rebuild

• Con rods and shells

• Pistons and rings

• Liners

• Cylinder head decoke

• Hardened valve seats

• New exhaust valves and guides

• New timing chains

• New water pump

• New clutch kit

• New clutch and brake master and slave cylinders

• New clutch and brake pipes

• New brake pads

• New servos

• Electronic ignition fitted

• New exhaust

• New steering box

• New petrol tank

• Glass out re-spray

• New front valance

• New rear panel

• New spare wheel well

• New window and door seals

• Replacement windscreen (N/O/S)

• New headlining

• New carpets (Classic Alfa)

• New door cards (Classic Alfa)

• New driver’s side window winder mechanism

• New stainless wheel caps and nuts

• New chrome front grill

Our seller carried on the great work:

• New Facet fuel pump

• Weber carbs stripped, cleaned, rebuilt, and tuned

• New o/s rear bumpstop and axle strap

• Wheel tracking alignment

• New clutch master cylinder

• New track rod end

• New spare keys cut

• Leather repair to the Alfa Romeo document wallet

What We Think

To find a near fifty-year-old Alfa Romeo in this condition is almost a once in a lifetime opportunity. So much has been done to keep this car in excellent condition and we know it is a car that will delight its next owner.

A joy to drive, a delight to behold, we fully expect a lot of interest in this Italian marvel. Our guide price is £28,000 to £38,000.

Viewing is always encouraged. The car is located at our Abingdon headquarters; we are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and to arrange an appointment please use the ‘Contact Seller’ button at the top of the listing to make an appointment. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’

If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage options plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping.  

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Seller

jonwest

  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 74,837
  • Engine: 2000
  • Gearbox: manual
  • Steering position: RHD
  • Colour: White Body with Black Roof
  • Interior: Black
  • Estimated Price: £28,000 - £38,000

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