1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale By Symbolic International
- November 11, 2018
- Posted by Marc Enger
This is sequentially the 295th of 356, left-hand-drive GTAs built in 1965. The installed engine, s/n AR00502/A *18789* is sequentially the 288th engine completed in 1965. The engine No. is stamped on the original So.F.A.R. chassis plate and recorded at time of first registration and original to the vehicle as built new. This is quite rare as very few GTA models of any variation retain their original “matching number” engines.
This particular GTA 1600 was completed as a normal “Stradale” or road-version in standard “Hawthorn” white with standard black vinyl interior. A letter from the Alfa Romeo Archivist dated July 4th, 2012, states the following:
with reference to your request we are informing you as follows:
According to our documentation files, the chassis number AR 613295 originally corresponds to an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, manufactured on the 7th June, 1965 and sold on the 10th June 1965 to So.F.A.R., France. The body color is white, with black interiors”
The Carte Grise (French Road Registration Documents) confirm this GTA was first road-registered in France on January 5, 1966.
This particular GTA was not purchased for racing but instead used for pleasure by a short succession of French owners. It was always carefully preserved and well cared for throughout its life as an occasional use sports car.
In February of 1996, then owner, Dominique Bouhours brought this un-restored Alfa to a speciality garage in the Toulouse region of France for service work. Mr. Bouhours had owned the car since the early 1980s and noted that he was the third owner of the car.
Bouhours then decided to restore the car. At this time it remained in normal road or “Stradale” configuration. During this restoration, he had it prepared for use in FIA VHC competition events. The registration at this time was “3086 SL 93” and the car had been painted from white to red.
Michel Kahn the next owner purchased this Alfa on April 6, 2000. The latter undertook a second, more involved restoration accompanied by a full preperation of exceptional quality for racing and rally work. The work was entrusted to specialist, Tony Rotondi who, before opening his new garage in Fresnes, France was head of the famous Conrero Alfa Romeo workshops.
The new restoration by Tony Rotondi was done specifically for the car to compete in the Tour Auto and Monte Carlo Historic races and rallies. This final preparation is geared towards races and rallies and the appropriate safety and performance equipment has been carefully incorporated into the car without affecting the originality as best possible.
The car was repainted at this time to “Midnight Blue” with a white racing stipe and it is issued new registration, 726 XD 45. The complete file of this work totals 85K Euros which remains with the car.
Kahn then sold the car on November 1, 2004 to a new buyer who put it back for sale the following year. It was acquired at Automobilia / Tony Rotondi by Jean Berchon on December 28, 2005. The latter will continue to have it prepared and serviced regularly by Automobilia / Tony Rotondi during his entire ownership.
The car remained in rally/race configuration, still with blue and the with white stripe. Registration is now 465 QNC 75.
At the wheel Jean Berchon participated in the following competitions events:
-Tour Auto 2006 26th Overall in VHC
-Tour Auto 2007 63rd Overall in VHC
-Then a complete rebuild of the engine is performed.
-Tour Auto 2008 36th Overall in VHC
-Tour Auto 2009 13th in Class and 19th Overall in VHC
-Then a complete rebuild of the engine is performed again.
-Tour Auto 2011 33rd Overall VHC
-Historic Grand Prix of Paux with a podium finish in class
-Ronde du Ventoux 1st in Class, 13th Overall VHC
-Then sold to a new owner and serviced and prepared for events by Triniane Racing of Domene, France.
-The new owner raced it the following three years in the Tour Auto:
-Tour Auto 2013
-Tour Auto 2014
-Tour Auto 2015
From July until September of 2018, this GTA was prepared by Triniane Racing for next year’s Tour Auto with a rebuild of the engine, gearbox and rear axle.
This very special matching numbers, rust and accident free GTA is available for purchase and shipping world-wide. It is currently located in Paris, France with current French registration but can be shipped anywhere as need.
Report by symbolicinternational.com