1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 Coupe Project

The pride of driving a car you’ve brought back to life with your own hands can trump convenience or logic

Chassis number: 775984

The first of Alfa Romeo’s Bertone-styled coupes — the 1.6-liter Giulia Sprint GT — was launched in 1963. Mechanically, the stylish new 2+2 was much the same as the Giulia TI sports saloon, featuring a 5-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, coil-sprung live rear axle and disc brakes all around. A 1300 model — the GT Junior — arrived in 1966.

The range was further extended the following year by the launch of the 1750 GTV, the latter powered by a 1,799-cc, 118-hp version of Alfa’s classic twin-cam four housed in a four-headlamp version of the existing body shell running on 14-inch — down from 15-inch — wheels. A short-lived — but popular — model, the 1750 GTV underwent a minor mechanical and styling revision partway through production before being replaced by the 2000 version in 1972. Driver’s cars par excellence in the Alfa tradition, Bertone’s timelessly elegant Giulia coupes are among the most exciting sports saloons of the 1960s, and all versions are highly sought after today.

body shell is on dolly wheels; the doors are off; the engine, gearbox and drivetrain have been removed; the wheels, suspension and brakes are off; and the interior is out. The body shell has been restored and sprayed in red, but neither the condition of the mechanicals nor the car’s completeness is known. Offered in need of mechanical assessment and restoration, the car comes with old-style Swansea V5 and is sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.