27 May 2017
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA by Bertone
- Conrero/Jolly Club team car
- Retained by its current owner for over 20 years
- Restored by GTA specialists, driven just 40 kilometres since completion
- One of only 50 right-hand-drive GTAs constructed
Whilst most GTAs were either supplied in “Stradale” form or subsequently upgraded to “Corsa” specification, AR 752675 was destined for competition from the outset. Correspondence from the Alfa Romeo Museum confirms that the car was manufactured on 8 September 1965 and delivered to the renowned Autotecnica Conrero Team on 31 August 1966—unusually, in right-hand-drive form. One of the most celebrated privateers in Italy, Autotecnica Conrero was established in 1951 and quickly established a stellar reputation for tuning Alfa Romeos and racing them to victory around the world.
This car was almost immediately repainted in the Conrero colours of white with a yellow noseband. AR 752675 was raced extensively under the Conrero/“Jolly Club” banner. In 1969, the car was sold to privateer Siegfried Kopcke, who raced the car in German Touring Car events. Race results that year included 6th place at the Norisring, 8th at Fassberg, 10th at Zolder, and 11th at Diepholz. The following year, the car was sold to fellow competitor Dieter Machatius, apparently with a blown engine.
The GTA has remained in Germany ever since, although in the 1970s and 1980s it endured prolonged periods of inactivity, punctuated by occasional use as a road car. It was then purchased by the vendor—a noted GTA authority—in 1995, and was subsequently completely restored to “as new” condition, only covering 40 kilometres since completion.
One of the hallmarks of the GTA was its usage of an alloy body shell and extensive use of magnesium components, and it is important to note that this car retains a number of those desirable magnesium parts, including the oil pain, gearbox (supplied with the car), and magnesium valve covers. The car also retains a proper GTA transmission and Autodelta rear axle, as well as the very desirable first-series Campagnolo magnesium wheels. Furthermore, the consignor notes that the bodywork retains all its original aluminium, and no new aluminium was used for the bodywork in the restoration. Attesting to its competition history, the original Conrero plate can be found on the dashboard, and its original homologation number can be found stamped in the trunk.
Equally at home on road or track, this represents a rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully restored example of one of Alfa Romeo’s milestone designs, with period racing history, impeccable provenance, and world of possibilities available to its next owner.