1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA

Dirk de Jager ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

While most GTAs were either supplied in Stradale form or subsequently upgraded to Corsa specification, chassis AR752675 was destined for competition from the outset.

Correspondence from the Alfa Romeo Museum confirms that the car was manufactured on September 8, 1965, and delivered to the renowned Autotecnica Conrero Team on August 31, 1966 — unusually, in right-hand-drive form.

One of the most celebrated privateers in Italy, Autotecnica Conrero was established in 1951 and quickly acquired a stellar reputation for tuning Alfa Romeos and racing them to victory around the world. This car was almost immediately repainted in the Conrero colors of white with a yellow noseband. AR752675 was raced extensively under the Conrero/“Jolly Club” banner.

One of the hallmarks of the GTA was its use of an aluminum body shell and extensive use of magnesium components, and it is important to note that this car retains a number of those desirable magnesium parts, including the oil pan, gearbox (supplied with the car), and magnesium valve covers. The car also retains a proper GTA transmission and Autodelta rear axle, as well as the very desirable first-series Campagnolo magnesium wheels.

Furthermore, the consignor notes that the bodywork retains all its original aluminum, and no new aluminum was used for the bodywork in the restoration. Attesting to its competition history, the original Conrero plate can be found on the dashboard, and its original homologation number can be found stamped in the trunk.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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