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1965 Alfa Romeo GTA

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1965 Alfa Romeo GTA
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The 1963 sports season had shown the overwhelming domination of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Super, both in the newly created European Touring Challenge and in all the other competitions reserved for touring cars derived from production cars. In the following year, many competing manufacturers, thanks to an optimistic interpretation of the regulations, entered cars with very few production components, if not only one symbolic element, the shape of the bodywork. This was the case, for example, with the Ford Cortina Lotus, on which Ford had simply transplanted the entire mechanical basis of the Lotus, clad in a body whose lines resembled those of the Cortina saloon. In order to maintain its supremacy in the face of this 'unfair' competition from Ford, BMW and many others on the European circuits, Alfa Romeo decided to employ the company Autodelta, then headed by the engineer Carlo Chiti. The solution proposed by Chiti was the creation of a new car based on the Giulia Sprint GT, but retaining the body structure and, of course, its aesthetics. The mechanical part was reworked to gain in power and the bodywork was made of Peraluman 25, in order to lighten the whole as much as possible. The only constraint of the regulations was to keep the rear seat legroom identical to that of the production car. The Giulia GTA was two centimetres short of this requirement if the same production seats as in the Giulia GT were used. Alfa Romeo replaced these seats with a single bench seat, which allowed it to be homologated, on the production model, the seats were a free option.Chiti's idea was approved by Alfa Romeo's general management and Autodelta began transforming the prototypes without delay in the last months of 1964. The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita, or "light grand tourer") was presented at the Amsterdam Motor Show on 18 February 1965, with a weight of 745 kg (compared to the 950 kg of the Giulia Sprint GT) and an engine developing 115 HP. The modifications made by the engineer Carlo Chiti included a reduction in weight thanks to the use of Paraluman 25 panels, which saved almost 200 kg, the replacement of the windows with Plexiglas, the adoption of a new rear suspension that lowered the centre of gravity, the 1,570 cc engine with dual ignition and larger carburettors giving it 115bhp at 6,000rpm, and a maximum torque of 142N⋅m at 3,000rpm for a top speed of 185km/h. In addition, it gets a Marelli distributor from the Ferrari Dino, the two Weber carburettors increase to 45mm instead of 40mm. The camshafts were made of magnesium, as was the timing cover and crankcase. The gear ratios were narrower than standard and the gears were machined for lighter weight and faster gear changes. It had bumpers and was slightly less stripped than the Autodelta version In the competition-prepared versions, power could reach 170 bhp with a further 45 kg weight reduction thanks to the removal of the bumpers, seats and sliding windows. Of the 500 or so Giulia GTAs produced between 1965 and 1969, very few remain today in the road version created mainly to obtain Group 2 homologation. Almost all of them passed through the hands of Autodelta or renowned tuners who, with the "twin shaft" engine, managed to achieve almost 170 bhp at 7,800 rpm for a top speed of over 220 km/h. Its first race participation dates to the Trento-Bondone hill climb in 1965, where it easily won its class. Thanks to this in-depth work, the new Autodelta car won a multitude of races and became one of the most successful Alfa cars ever. In 1966 alone, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, driven by official and private drivers, won over 200 races. The Giulia GTA became the "killer" on the circuits and in hill-climbing races, unbeatable in its class! With its countless successes, it soon won its first victories in national championships and even in the United States and South America. Andrea de Adamich (in 1966 and 1967) and Spartaco Dini (in 1969) won the European Touring Car Challenge three times, while Ignazio Giunti won the European Hill Climb Championship in 1967. It won the Deutsche Automobil Rundstrecken Meisterschaft three times, in 1966, 1967 and 1968 with Herbert Schultze Our Alfa Romeo GTA #613369 started its life in the Jura where it was delivered on 19/06/1965 to Mr Monneret who kept it until 1970 when it was sold to a French amateur. In 1972, the car was still in the Jura and will please its new owner, Mr Jeunet, before joining the Cuynet Garage collection in 1975, where the car remained until 1998. This is when it passed into the hands of Mr Rougemont. who restored the car to race it fot the europeen Tourism championschip. The car was regularly entered in several national rallies by Mr Rougemont, then in 2005 in the collection of Christian Lallarderie and finally in 2012 with Gregory Ramouna who will continue to race the car. It then passed into the hands of its current owner. After a few races it is decided to give back to this GTA all its letters of nobility. Tired of its racing past, a complete restoration of the car was undertaken. The work was carried out by the famous Alfa Nielman Racing garage with an incredible attention to details. The result is a perfectly new, compliant and competitive car. With its FIA HTP, it is the ideal tool for the major rally events such as the Tour Auto or the Modena Cento Ore, in which it has already participated.