Soon after Wim’s death in 1967, the car was sold by Rob Slotemaker and soon ended up in America. It underwent a total repaint and partial restoration not long after and as a result, all obvious traces of its magnificent history and striking paint scheme were lost. Our customer had owned the car for several years and taken part in a few events but unfortunately suffered a number of mechanical issues, including a brake failure, which dented his confidence in the car. Having enjoyed his last Alfaholics restoration, he asked if he could send us his GTA for a thorough overhaul – with only the knowledge at the time of it being a 1600 GTA with many Autodelta parts fitted – nothing known of its famous history!
Once we received the car, the full extent of its Autodelta components were clear and it was certainly not just an average 1600 GTA! We researched its chassis number and confirmed it to be the 1966 Dutch championship winning Team Slotemaker car driven by Wim Loos. We then undertook further research to complete its history file. We noticed small details which confirmed the written facts about this particular chassis number – the original Team Slotemaker sticker still in the rear screen and even the green thumb protection pads on the steering wheel matched exactly the pads seen in period photos we found. The odometer reads just over 12,000 kms which is likely to be genuine, covering its short racing career and then what seems to have been very limited use in America after that.
Reporting back to our customer with the amazing news, the decision was made to carefully and sensitively restore the car back to its 1966 championship-winning specification. Although the mechanical components are low mileage, they are still 50 years old and will therefore be dismantled and examined to see if they can simply be reassembled in order to retain the car’s extraordinary originality.