Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA – Built by Autodelta, restored by Rotondi 165 hp

In 1964 Alfa Romeo know the obvious potential of the GT coupé and commission the semi-official competition department Autodelta to build the successor of the Giulia Ti Super in order to take advantage in races. Carlo Chiti, engineer at Autodelta, will completely transform the Tipo 105 coupé to create the Giulia GTA, a series of 500 cars had to be built for homologation purposes. The GTA (A for Alleggerita) lost more than 200 kg thanks to a 8/10 aluminium body, Plexiglas windows and soundproofing removal, leading to a homologation weight of only 795 kg! Chiti used a modified 1600 4 cylinders from the Giulia Sprint coupé, a Twin-Spark engine with lightweight alloy producing 115 hp, and a lower rear suspension. The series car is ready in 1965 and the Giulia GTA quickly dominates the European touring car championship with 3 championship victories, and made an impression winning the inaugural Trans-Am championship in 1966, leading its competitors equipped with big block V8s! The GTA also was the French rallies champion in 1966 and 1967, and won the Nürburgring 6 Hours in 1967. In the hands of famous pilots such as Jochen Rindt, Andrea de Adamich, Jean Rolland, Toine Hezemans, Ignazio Giunti and Spartaco Din, the GTA won a strong reputation.

The car that we offer here is a Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 Tipo 105.32. The car left the factory on February 1st 1967 with the chassis AR 613.891, sold new in Firenze. This is a rare car prepared by the Corsa Autodelta department at the period, it entered in many races in Italy until 1974 including an entrance in the mythical Targa Florio! This information is officially listed in the “Alleggerita register”. After few well known amateur and collector owners as H. Hugenholtz and A. Pagès, the car joined the collection of a demanding epicurean from Luxembourg.

Around 1965 Antonio Rotondi already had the Alfa Romeo and Ferrari official signs in South of Paris when a GTA owner asked him to have a look on his engine prepared by Conrero that did not work well. After removing the engine, Rotondi found peculiar things and contacted Virgilo Conrero, visited him and finally spent several months with him to learn how to build racing Alfas. They became friends and the Rotondi garage became official Conrero for France. Thus he prepared many cars for private racers, they were in constant fight against the factory itself on French racetracks. Rotondi became a true reference in preparing double camshaft engines from Milano. The car was completely restored in his workshop before he closed his garage in 2003. This jewel is in a manic preservation condition and only drove 1500 km since! It still has all its aluminium body parts, its secret number is also still on the car. Its engine type AR 00532A has the number 19574, prepared with 165 ch, a 1000 rpm gearbox, a limited slip differential and many improvements learned through the years by the wizard from Fresnes.

This Italian automobile heritage is destined to a demanding collector to enter in the biggest historical events. Its history and its traceability are known and complete, with ACI registro and former FIA sheet. The car will be offered with its Alfa Romeo certificate, its contrôle technique and appraisal value.