This Alfa Romeo is special in multiple ways: First of all, the Guilia GT is a stylistic icon. There are few models that have shaped Alfa’s aesthetic sport image as much as this one. It is a true icon that shaped the “Alfa Romeo myth” which lives on until today. Secondly, this one is the late top model, the “2000 GT Veloce”. It is good for a speed of 200 km/h (120 mph), which was true sports car territory back in 1972. Mind you, a Porsche 911 T from 1972 did 208 km/h (125 mph); it was hardly faster than this Alfa! And last not least, this car spent its life in Bangkok, Thailand, a country where it was never officially sold by Alfa.
In 1972, this beauty was manufactured by Alfa Romeo in Arese, a suburb of Milano, in Italy. It seems to be a US spec car with mph-odometer, US bumpers with rubber-faced guards and a left-hand steering wheel. (Alfa started exporting cars to the US in 1961 and ceased doing so in 1995 due to a lack of market success.) However, this car never made it to the US. Instead, it was sold by a German dealer to a wonderful Thai couple from Bangkok. They regularly used this car on the streets of Bangkok – from 1972 until very recently, a period of over 40 years.
When both of them had become too old to drive this car, they gave it to a close friend of the family. This guy is really into cars and has the intention of giving this car a peaceful retirement, which is just what such a precious rarity deserves.
Luckily, he also has some spare parking space on his family’s premises in Bangkok, which is where I ran into this car last year. I was immediately hooked by this car: Its life story is just awesome (how many first hand cars from 1972 have you seen lately?). Its maintenance condition is breathtaking; the interior appeared hardly used. And the 2 liter 131 hp engine still roared beautifully. Yes, the chassis needs some care and attention, but there is nothing that can’t be done with reasonable efforts.
This car has the ability to make everybody fall in love with it instantly; there was me (an actual petrol head), my wife (who’s got nothing much to do with cars), my kids, … The list continues.
You could argue that this car doesn’t even belong onto this website as it is not a “Tomorrow’s Classic” but already a classic today. However, I just couldn’t resist publishing this wonderful car story.
Here’s wishing you another happy 45 years in Thailand, dear little Alfa!
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