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  Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint 1600 GTA

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1965 - 1969
Numbers built:500 (Both road and race cars)
Designed by:Bertone (Giugiaro)
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAlfa Romeo wanted to be part of it all and the company decided to commission an up-and-coming workshop to prepare its cars: Autodelta, headed by Carlo Chiti, a world-famous designer from the Ferrari stable. The resulting marriage between engineering and motor sport has become the stuff of legend.

On February 18 1965, Autodelta's first creation was presented at the Amsterdam Motor Show. The car was a development of the Giulia GT, rechristened the GTA (the A stands for 'alleggerita' (lightened)). The outer body was the same as that of the GT, but the interior trim was made out of Peraluman 25, a light alloy of aluminium, manganese, copper and zinc. The GTA differed from its sister externally in the addition of front air intakes, handles and the triangular Autodelta badge. The Twin Spark engine underwent rigorous reinforcement to increase the power output from 106 to 170 bhp.

The GTA triumphed even on its first outings. Seven GTAs took the first seven places, for example, at the Jolly Club 4-hour race in Monza. With Andrea de Adamich and other great drivers at the helm, the cars began to steal the thunder of the Lotuses that had previously reigned supreme. Adamich won over the Dutch circuit of Zandvoort to take the European touring championships.

GTAs would win another two European touring car championships.

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