1600 Sprint GTV

Completed!

After 3 years of being worked on periodically between other commitments, the Sprint GTV is finally finished!  It really is a superb car, it drives beautifully – a true Gentleman’s Express!  It blends both comfort and style with fantastic modern day performance, handling and braking.

In order to achieve this, the car has been equipped as follows:

Mechanical Specification

  • Alfaholics Fast Road Kit C with Koni Sport shock absorbers
  • Alfaholics 2 1/4″ Front Spring Conversion and S4 ball joint drop link upgrades
  • Alfaholics aluminium T-bar
  • Alfaholics 167BHP standard valve size 2.0 engine running original 40 DCOE 27 Sprint GTV carburettors
  • Alfaholics full stainless steel sports exhaust system
  • Alfaholics 4.3 axle ratio with Alfaholics LSD
  • Alfaholics GTA aluminium radiator, oil cooler and aluminium shroud
  • Alfaholics 4-pot brake kit and aluminium rear calipers
  • Alfaholics dual circuit bias adjustable pedal box
  • Alfaholics 7×15″ GTA Veloce wheels with Michelin Pilot 195/55 tyres

Coachwork & Trim Specification

  • Original rare option burgundy leather Sprint GTV interior
  • Bespoke trimmed Wilton carpets
  • Standard Sprint GTV exterior styling with only GTA lower mesh grille addition
  • Original bumpers refinished
Completed! - 1600 Sprint GTV
Completed! - 1600 Sprint GTV
Completed! - 1600 Sprint GTV
Completed! - 1600 Sprint GTV
Completed! - 1600 Sprint GTV
Completed! - 1600 Sprint GTV

Shell returns from Paintshop

Shell returns from Paintshop - 1600 Sprint GTV
Shell returns from Paintshop - 1600 Sprint GTV
Shell returns from Paintshop - 1600 Sprint GTV

GTA style headlining fitted along with rear loom and 3/4 panels prior to rollcage installation. The car will only have a rear cage section to give safety at trackdays whilst not spoiling the original feel of the car

Shell returns from Paintshop - 1600 Sprint GTV

New sound deadening fitted to floors

Shell returns from Paintshop - 1600 Sprint GTV

Superb finish under bonnet and in boot

Shell returns from Paintshop - 1600 Sprint GTV
Shell returns from Paintshop - 1600 Sprint GTV

During painting the South African build number was found stamped on the scuttle aperture, something never seen on factory assembled cars!

Car Sourced and Shipped

Step-front GT’s have become increasingly difficult to find in the UK, especially in a condition suitable for a good quality restoration. It is now necessary to cast one’s net further afield to find these cars. Europe is one option, but unless you get close to the Mediterranean there is little advantage over UK cars in terms of corrosion, even then they are left hand drive cars, which although technically simple to convert, RHD dashboards are extremely difficult to find. South Africa is the obvious warm climate right hand drive market, but it is a long way to go to buy a car!

During a recent trip to South Africa, I took the opportunity of looking at this 1967 Giulia Sprint GTV that was for sale in Pretoria. It appeared to be completely rust free, preserved by the warm dry climate, but showed evidence of repaired accident damage to the right front corner. Bearing in mind that I was looking for a step-front to turn into a civilised fast road and trackday car, I was unconcerned by the non original engine (Giulia Super) and incorrect interior (Mk1 1750 GTV). Most interesting was the lack of body rust or floor welding. An added bonus was an unspoilt dashboard that also had not suffered from the usual sun damage.

Shipping of the vehicle was arranged in Durban and the car duly turned up at Southampton docks, fortunately showing no signs of transit damage!

Over the coming months, we shall chart the progress of the restoration of the car in this section of the website.

Car Sourced and Shipped - 1600 Sprint GTV

Car arrives back safely to Alfaholics Workshop from Southampton Docks

Car Sourced and Shipped - 1600 Sprint GTV

Looks like a nice straight shell!

Car Sourced and Shipped - 1600 Sprint GTV

Engine Bay with plate proving South African manufacture

Car Sourced and Shipped - 1600 Sprint GTV

Non-original interior, but good dashboard