1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce RHD
1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce RHD
- Engine: 1962cc twin-cam four cylinder
- Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
- Year: 1973
- Registration: TCV 676N
- Mileage: 48,000
- Exterior colour: Metallic Olive green
- Interior colour and material: Hazelnut cloth
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- According to the Alfa Romeo Museum archives this 2000 GT Veloce was manufactured on October 30th 1973 and was invoiced to Alfa Romeo UK the following day. It was first registered for road use on June 13th 1975, and although it cannot be confirmed where in England it was sold new, it is believed to have been supplied by Clover Leaf Cars of Basingstoke, Hampshire, as their plaque is fitted to the passenger side door sill strip. The original paint colour was metallic olive green with seats trimmed in hazelnut cloth, just as the car is now.
- The first owner of the car is unknown but when it was just four months old it was acquired by the owner of a car dealership near Ramsgate in Kent. This Gentleman was quite a connoisseur when it came to motor cars and the Alfa Romeo shared the garage with some rather special Aston Martins. After applying the personalised number plate WJG-13J, the GTV also shared a similar number plate to the Gentleman’s Aston Martin DB5 which was registered as WJG-13.
- During his early ownership of the GTV the Gentleman clearly enjoyed driving it as the first MOT certificate on file from April 1983 records the mileage as being 40,325, an average of just over 5,000 miles a year during the cars first eight years on the road. We suspect that the annual usage was rather higher during the early years as the consecutive MOT certificates on file from April 1983 to May 1998 (when 47,269 are recorded) reveal annual mileage to be around 1,500 miles.
- Being an active member of the Aston Martin Owners Club the Gentleman participated in AMOC organised hill climbs on two or three occasions with the GTV at Wiscombe Park in Devon, confirmed by the presence of a scrutineer ticket dated July 1981 in the history file.
- The Gentleman sadly passed away in early 1998 and in March of that year the GTV was registered in his Wife’s name. For the following nine years the car seems to have remained in storage, when in July 1997 the MOT records commence again, recording 47,405 miles on the odometer at that time. Less than twenty miles a year were recorded during the next four MOT certificates with the June 2000 one recording an odometer reading of 47,427 miles.
- In February 2014 we were very fortunate to speak to the son of the Lady and Gentleman and he was very generous with his time on the telephone to us, for which we were very grateful. He kindly explained the history noted above and added that the only major maintenance that his Father had undertaken on the car was repainting it in its original colour. His Father had never needed to rebuild the engine and he confirmed to us that the recorded mileage is correct. The car was entered into an auction after his Mother had passed away in 2008.
- The GTV was impulsively purchased at the auction in July 2009 by a Sussex farmer to satisfy a desire to have a GTV similar to one he had owned many years before. Due to the car being in storage for nine years it was not roadworthy, so it was transported from the auction to his local classic car garage, Crawford and Son of Heathfield, East Sussex, for recommissioning and an MOT test. Shortly afterwards the Gentleman retired to Cornwall and had the car transported to his new home near Padstow, along with his superlative collection of cars.
- Feeling that the 1970/71 J suffix number plate confused the identity of the car, the Gentleman had the DVLA issue an age related number plate which is the one now displayed on the car. However, after covering just 295 miles in four years on short trips around the Cornish lanes, he felt the car needed to find a new home and we were fortunate to be able to purchase it from him.
- When we acquired this truly exceptional and low mileage car (47,749 miles at the time of our purchase) we had a new clutch fitted before submitting it to Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Giulia expert restorer John Holden of Middle Wallop, Hampshire. John and his neighbour Sean Watson of The Old Coachworks carried out a complete bare-metal glass-out repaint, and John made a point of saying to us that he thought the car was one of the most original and un-messed with 105 series cars he had ever worked on. As far as John could tell the floor has never been welded.
- Fresh from an exceptional repaint by someone whose work has graced the lawns of the Pebble Beach Concours in California, this is one of the most original and finest right hand drive 2000 GTV cars in the country that will give its next owner many years of delightful motoring and ownership pleasure. Colour preferences vary from person to person, but we think this car looks all the more fabulous for it being in its very rare colour, and for it not being in red.
- The history folder features all of the previously mentioned MOT certificates as well as various bills during the last owner’s tenure, an original hand book, a 1974 dealership directory, and a DVLA ownership report that we acquired.