If You're Not Attracted to this Alfa, There's Probably Something Wrong with You

alfa gtv for saleIf you’re reading this, something may well already be wrong with you, but that’s the right kind of wrong. Failure to recognize the attractiveness of this fine piece of Italian engineering is a definite sign of the wrong kind of wrong. Up for auction is a 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, complete with Alfa’s SPICA fuel injection system. It’s an original California car, with a near-impeccable interior. The paint is a new post-sandblast professional job. The hue is…complemented nicely by the black wheels.

alfa gtv for salePersonally, it wasn’t until late in my gearhead years that I was made aware of this generation of Alfas. For years, all I knew of were the Graduate-type Spyders, which do nothing for me. But the clean, slightly muscular curves of the Giulia…they blind me to the inevitable headaches associated with ownership of a vehicle assembled in the spare time between wine breaks and labor strikes.
alfa gtv for saleThe seller’s actually listing it for a friend, and the listing spelling and grammar hurt my brain. Hopefully it’s just because this guy’s spent his whole adult life spinning wrenches and not writing blog entries. It’s at $15k with an unmet reserve and three days to go.
alfa gtv for sale
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32 responses to “If You're Not Attracted to this Alfa, There's Probably Something Wrong with You”

  1. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    If that thing was red, OMG. It's still gorgeous in that mustard tone, but red would just put it way over the top.

  2. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

    oh how i love that interior…

  3. AteUpWithMotor Avatar
    AteUpWithMotor

    I love Alfas (except the new MiTo and Giulietta, which are hideous), but the images in this post are black boxes with the alt text dimly visible in the upper left-hand corners.

    1. Thrashy Avatar

      And here I was thinking it was just something wrong on my end. I can see it now (and it's pretty!), but this morning, and several other times over the last couple of weeks, I couldn't see any images on Hooniverse.

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarg!
        …is my response, not the name of the hamster.
        Best solution we have is to switch to Chrome.
        2nd best solution is I go do some webmaster-y stuff to decrease the processor load on our hosting machines…ugh.

        1. engineerd Avatar

          I switched to Opera (Chrome is banned in our office and IE sucks pigeon poop) and it works fine. I keep FF around to handle the stuff that Opera can't — like Google Maps. What year is it? 1996?

        2. AteUpWithMotor Avatar
          AteUpWithMotor

          If you guys aren't using WP caching, you should. Also, you might want to dump the dynamic Facebook box in favor of a static link. I had to do that on AUWM when I got a look at its server loading.

        3. AteUpWithMotor Avatar
          AteUpWithMotor

          If you guys aren't using WP caching, you should. Also, you might want to dump the dynamic Facebook box in favor of a static link. I had to do that on AUWM when I got a look at its server loading.

      2. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar
        BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ

        Empty your temporary files, and the images come back. Have experienced the same problem.

    2. Alff Avatar

      Thank you. I sometimes feel alone amongst the alfisti in my lack of love for the MiTo.

  4. Goingincirclez Avatar

    Whoa – talk about an unexpected trouser sprouter. That thing looks like a million kinds of understated guido fun. And just like a fine Italian mistress of more organic persuasions, the high maintenance just adds to its mystique (and the manliness of he so fortunate to reign her in).
    Never knew about it until now, but that's a car to go straight near the top of the want list.

  5. Black Steelies Avatar

    Yea I'll admit that looks pretty slick. Not $15k slick, but slick enough. It seems you really gotta have the dough to support any Italian obsession though.
    ….I'm a cheap bastard anyways

    1. damnelantra™[!] Avatar
      1. Black Steelies Avatar

        Haha, exactly. And that construction vest yellow Alfa looks a little high on its springs to be complete anyhow. $6 grand? No thanks.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    Interior and paint go together like something and something… jelly or whatever. I like it! 15k is a bit too high, but this looks to be in great condition.

  7. tonyola Avatar

    I'm not in love with the color or those wheels, but there's certainly nothing at all wrong with the style and – amazingly – there's not a visible speck of rust in the pictures. I don't suppose this is a US-market car because I don't see side-marker lights or '74-style impact bumpers. That's probably a good thing because by '74 the Italians were putting in all sorts of weird stuff in cars to meet US emission laws. I could see this interior going nicely with a wine red paint job.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      It's a SPICA fuel injected motor, which was only on US bound cars.
      So…either they de-US-ified the body or SPICAed a Euro car.

  8. dukeisduke Avatar

    I can't do that color either, and it needs a set of silver Campagnolos, but the rest of it? Wow.

  9. engineerd Avatar

    There's nothing wrong with me. Unless having a love for unloved cars and a burning sensation when I pee is wrong.
    That car is absolutely gorgeous. The color is period perfect, the interior and engine both shine. It's obviously been loved and I hope that its new owner will love it as much as the one selling it. That price, based on my extensive research on BaT, is probably not too far off.

  10. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    The black wheels are major turnoff, OTOH it's a 74 so no DEQ which means a set of Panasports and some Webers or Dellortos are all that it needs.

  11. lilwillie Avatar

    Oh wow….I really like that cars look and stance. Well done.

  12. BrianTheHoon Avatar

    Whew, what a relief … today I found out that there's nothing wrong with me!

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      You do own two BMW e12s, you know…

  13. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar
    BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ

    If this is the standard to see if your wrong or not, so then I come out very well.
    Very nice car.

  14. CptSevere Avatar

    It's at times like this that I wish I hadn't bought that '65 Malibu when I was stationed in Italy years ago. I saw these for sale on the Lemon Lot on post all the time, cheap. Of course, I wasn't much of a mechanic at the time, so maybe it's just as well.

  15. nofrillls Avatar
    nofrillls

    Nope, nothing wrong with me, apparently.
    However, I'd be more attracted to it if it were red (as all Alfa's should be).

  16. Alff Avatar

    Despite the color, this is on my Eleanor list. Given the condition, would be surprised to see the bidding add another $3 – 4K before all is done. Even then, a justifiable reserve may not be met.
    I've heard the horror stories but I'd still love to own and learn Spica.

  17. rocketrodeo Avatar

    Gah, Spica. Back when i took my cars to mechanics, my favorite refused to troubleshoot those systems. I was not a fan of Alfa, then. It seemed to me, at the time, to be an unreliable Italian version of my 2002tii.
    These days, of course, they're much prettier to me. I'd love to drive one, but I'd be much less willing to own one. The abovementioned car excepted, my experience with 50s, 60s, and 70s eurocars was traumatizing. Asian cars that started every time you turned the key, for decades at a time, were such a profound relief that it's difficult for me to romanticize too much about this era of beautiful but oh-so-temperamental cars.

  18. Texlenin Avatar
    Texlenin

    I owned one of these in the early 90's. Learned to drive stick in it-and the insanity of SPICA. Had it for a year,
    drove it maybe 9 times. Spent the rest of the time working on it. But those nine times..well, even on three cylinders
    it was magic. Sold it to super-Alfisti Gary Valant after I found out the price for parts for an engine rebuild were four
    times what I paid for the whole car.
    I will have another one someday- that kind of motor love never goes away.

  19. Jeff B Avatar
    Jeff B

    Super old post – I know – but new to this site… Just to add – those wheels are Melber Majors and they are highly desirable for Alfas when they are NOT painted black! A sin to have painted them, but I guess that can be easily fixed.

  20. Harvey Duncan Avatar
    Harvey Duncan

    I love the black grille, valve cover, and rear name plate. If I ever get the 1750 GTV project I've been eying for years, I don't want to make it into another track car or trailer queen– I wanna have some fun trying to get it to stick out. Those traits have me thinking….

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