Restoration Start

MI B39776 arrives at Alfaholics with all its paperwork and parts. Remarkably, the car was never separated from its original parts, even though a modern fuel tank, seats and other parts were installed over the years to update its specification. It also retains its original hand-written Autodelta Prova sheet which lists all the features of the car; from the oils used, to carburettor jets, plugs, suspension setup and gearing! This Prova sheet, dated November 1966, was compiled when the car was supplied to Ove Andersson for 1967.  It gives a wonderful snapshot of how Autodelta were setting up the cars at the end of their first season of racing. When compared to a March 1966 Prova sheet which we have on file from another car, the evolution of setup is very interesting!

The history of this car from 1966, along with all the accompanying original parts and the huge file of paperwork (including original race magazine event reports and the like), must make this perhaps the best documented 1966 Autodelta team car.  Many of the other Autodelta cars have doubts as to who drove them and when and what really remains of the car now – this one is just so correct and everything is there!

Externally, the car looks in reasonable condition, but on closer inspection it can be seen that it has had a hard racing life with a mangled section of boot floor and damage to the front chassis legs. Fortunately, since it had a contemporary race career lasting only 3-4 years, there is not a spot of rust anywhere on the chassis. From examining the type of rivets used and the direction of their fitment, it is clear that the aluminium floors and the roof have never been removed!

The car will be stripped down to a bare shell and fitted on our Celette chassis jig to assess and re-set the chassis alignment. The body will then be painstakingly restored with the utmost care to preserve its originality, returning it to the exact specification in which it would have run in 1966 with Autodelta. It will be built up using all its original components, restored sensitively to exactly how it was raced in 1966, without a single modern race part used. It will be a shrine to Autodelta/Carlo Chiti and all those wonderful drivers who competed in it, taking care to follow the Autodelta Prova setup sheet for its final running specification.

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All the original parts that came with the car; 90 litre endurance tank, sliding block rear axle system, original AD stamped engine block, original carburettors, sunvisors and of course seat set including fibreglass drivers seat in original condition which all those famous bottoms have sat in!

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Modern 6-point rollcage will be removed and replaced with original specification simple 4 point roll-over hoop, original woven GTA door straps still present!

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Boot floor in bad shape from a combination of accident damage and sliding block use.

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Front suspension all present and correct for Autodelta Corsa car, (front chassis leg damage can also be seen)

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Car still has all its Autodelta transmission. Gearbox features magnesium bell housing (common with all GTAs), but crucially the ultra rare Corsa only magnesium tail casing still present. Sliding block axle casing also AD stamped.

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Aluminium floors have never been removed and are actually in suprisingly OK condition. Main damage to them is where the rear gearbox mounting is attached to the floor – tunnel also shows signs of more than 1 rubber drive doughnut exploding in the past…!

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