1975 ALFA-ROMEO 2000 GTV
Registration Number: XHJ870N
Chassis Number: AR.2417350
Recorded Mileage: c.44,000 kilometres (27,500 miles)
- Very original matching numbers
- Sympathetically refurbished to a high standard
- Finished in a unique shade of ‘241 Verde’
The 2000 GTV was introduced in 1971 as the replacement for the 1750 range. Once again the engine was rationalised throughout the range with its displacement increased to 1962cc by changing the bore and stroke. Externally the 2000 GTV is most easily distinguished by the facelift grille with horizontal chrome bars, featuring protruding blocks forming the familiar Alfa heart in outline, smaller hubcaps with exposed wheel nuts and optional aluminium alloy wheels are styled to the “turbina” design first seen on the alloy wheels of the Alfa Romeo Montreal.
Previously overlooked, the beautiful 105 Series Coupés have been under-appreciated for a long time. In the retail marketplace there is evidence that these models may have matured. Partly due to their usability but largely owing to their impressive styling, the GTV has become sought after and a great alternative as a classic GT.
This beautiful later 105-series 1975 Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce rolled off the Italian production line in 1975, destined to be delivered in RHD specification for the South African market. The GTV was finished from new in 241 Verde with a Black vinyl interior trim. This very attractive and period-correct colour scheme is exceptionally rare, to date we have not seen another of this model finished in this shade.
Although we are unable to state for certain, we understand the GTV had one owner from new until being acquired by the green keeper of a prestigious golf club in Johannesburg, who garaged the car during his many years of ownership, driving it only occasionally. The Alfa then came into the possession of an Italian car collector, at which point the engine, gearbox and all glass removed, the coachwork was stripped, and finished to its original colour. The GTV covered a mere 2,000 kilometres before it was decided the car was really too good to drive, and so it was sold once more.
Having been acquired by a British enthusiast following a positive inspection by Kevin Strapp of AK Classics in Roodeport, Johannesburg, the Alfa was brought into the UK in 2020. Upon its arrival the car was delivered to well known specialist Vince Mezzullo of Guildford. Vince worked at Weber in his early years in Italy, before moving to England to be responsible for running the workshop of Ferrari importer Maranello Concessionaires. Vince was charged with inspecting the mechanical aspect of the GTV with a view to carrying out any necessary works, which he duly did and with invoices in the file for these works. The car was then sent to respected Alfa-Romeo specialist Neville Byford, who himself owns a highly original example of the same model, with the brief to return the car to factory specification. A number of other smaller items were addressed to achieve this goal, such as replacing the beautifully made one-piece stainless steel exhaust previously fitted, now exchanged for a standard exhaust system with the correct factory appearance and sound.
The odometer reads just under 44,000 kilometres from new, which given the excellent condition of the car, is likely to be correct. The engine number (0512.87069) has also been confirmed by the Alfa Romeo Club of South Africa as being of the correct series and its original engine from first registration.
Unsurprisingly the GTV presents in near concours condition in all respects, with gleaming paintwork, excellent panel fit, an extremely clean engine bay, and a beautifully original interior. By far one of the nicest of this model we have seen, this stand out example should require no more than routine servicing for many years to come. The GTV is supplied with an Alfa-Romeo Certificato Di Origine, UK V5C document and bills for recent specialist works.