Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Sprint Veloce - 105 Series Step-Nose 1600cc
Beautiful Restoration - No expense spared.
Colour: Blue with Tan
Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT 105 Series Step-Nose 1600cc – Back with us for the third time. 🙂
We don’t often sell classic Alfa’s, but they are one of my all time favourite cars, and over the years I’ve been lucky enough to own several 105 Series cars myself. They were so ahead of their time, just perfect little jewels of a car.
A very well known car in Alfa circles, this car has had a fortune lavished upon it, with the previous owner in pursuit of perfection.
It is one of the best prepared, original right hand drive cars with some of the best names in the Alfa world behind the preparation. Recently serviced and set up with Dave Knott at Intaservice in Leicester in July 2021, and just come back from another checkover and fettle in late March 2022.
The tan trim is in the best of condition, and the carpet new, the car really drives well. It has BP270 higher lift cams, so does need to be driven with a certain amount of gusto, and anyone who knows their NORD engines will understand this.
The cars history, as I understand it:
The car is an original UK car, made in the Alfa factory & supplied to Hong Kong in 1967. The car comes with its original service book to validate that. The original owner brought the vehicle back with himself to the UK in 1978 (the vehicle comes with the Customs & Excise form evidencing this) & was registered on a 1978 ‘T’ registration. Once back in the UK the car spent most of its time stored in an underground garage in London.
The car was then offered on eBay sometime in the early 2000s and it was bought by a gent called David Cook, with the intention of rebuilding it as a long distance rally car.
Jim Evans, the esteemed Alfa engine builder, was asked to do what was necessary to restore the mechanicals while someone else did other work which included all the normal things for a competition car ie, engine, gearbox, axle and brake overhaul, and then re-wire for extra lights, rollover cage, extra storage inside plus a safe box in the boot. The bodywork was in excellent condition and didn’t need any work.
After all this work and expenditure, it was decided by the owner not to use the car for the intended purpose decided to offer back to Jim Evans around 2015. Jim intended to convert it back to original road biased spec. This wasn’t difficult as Mr Cook had retained every original part. However, due to work constraints Jim never got around to doing this work. He had, however, removed the engine as he intended to fit a 2.0 engine to the car.
In 2017 Jim Evans was approached by a significant car collector with a request to build an engine for a 105 Alfa that he was working on, during that process the collector found out about this car & decided he had to have it. He wanted it building to an ideal touring specification, with a high specification 1.6 litre engine taken from a 1600 Sprint GTV & he requested that the colour be changed to blue from the original green and a period replacement registration, which it currently wears. The car was ready for collection in early 2017.
The collector was a perfectionist & still wasn’t 100% happy with the car. So, during the remainder of 2017 the car spent time at Jim Stokes Workshops & Alfaholics having various mechanical & minor cosmetic improvements made.
The car was used by the collector in for the Paris to Amsterdam Rally in mid 2018, where it took a second place & we have a web article showing the result.
Between October 2018 & July 2019 further money was spent at DTR engineering, where the car had an engine and drivetrain rebuild, this included engine, gearbox, axle overhaul, all suspension and brakes renewed, new fuel tank, fuel lines, full carburettor refurbishment, rewired, and all electrical units refurbished, plus another repaint. The car also had a rear axle rebuild at Cloverleaf transmissions, reportedly the only company still capable of rebuilding these original parts. Cost it seems was not a consideration.
We happen to know that £22,000 was spent at Classic Alfa alone in parts, and a similarly large sum was spent at Alfaholics. Plus all the hours of specialised labour at DTR Sports Cars, all detailed in invoices from them amounting to £40,000 +VAT. This really is a very well sorted car.
Since then, the car has passed through two other owners, and we have been involved in both sales. Another chap called Barry bought it, he did very few miles in it – as he has a vast car collection, and is only in the UK infrequently.
We then sold it last May to another wealthy gent, who’s enjoyed the car for a summer, but is now making changes to his collection has a Singer Porsche on the way, so this stunning little car is available again….
Please get in touch if you’d like a chat about the car.