Car Catcher: Autodelta-Prepped Alfa Romeo GTV6

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The GTV6 may have been the most potent form of the Alfa Romeo Alfetta, but to truly make a fire-breathing rally or racing machine, one only needed to turn to Alfa Romeo’s in-house competition department, Autodelta. In prepared form, this Alfa Romeo was one of the fastest Group A rally cars and was even able to finish second overall at the 24 Hours of Spa in 1976.

This 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6 2.5 is one such car professionally prepared by Autodelta, run by driver Maurizio Iacoangeli from 1984-’86 in Group A rally. The car ran in a number of events, and achieved podium finishes at the Coppa Bruno Carotti, Cronoscalata Cefalu – Gilbimanna and Cesana Sestrieres.

Retired at the end of the 1986 season, this GTV6 still retains many features added by Autodelta, such as center-lock wheels and dual-caliper front brakes. Copies of the original Autodelta invoice and CSAI Passporto Tecnico are also included in the sale.

Find this genuine Autodelta-prepared 1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6 2.5 available through RM Sotheby’s as part of its upcoming Open Roads, February auction.

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klharper
klharper New Reader
2/11/21 9:57 a.m.

This looks like a Group A or Group 2 touring car used in circuit racing in either the ETCC or BTCC and not a group A rally car. Chris Snowden racing preps and restores these https://alfettagtv6.co.uk/

The group A rally cars actually looked pretty close to stock. I looked at a Group A rally car a couple of years ago in Melbourne Australia, and it is even currently for sale with better pictures than I took of it originally. It can be viewed here - https://classiccars.com/listings/view/1026076/1982-alfa-romeo-gtv-for-sale-in-carlton-vic-3053

Alfa was successful in both touring car racing and rally racing. The rally racing was overshadowed by the Group B racers of this time. In touring car they were very successful taking several championships.

I would really have to dive into this car to see the documentation. It is being pitched as a rally car but set up as a touring car, there were only around half a dozen GTV6 touring cars set up by Autodelta to run, but Autodelta sold a lot of parts to privateers and some of these priveteers were very successful. There are also a few items that have me scratching my head, the blue hose and cone on the air intake is not correct, the dash doesn't look horrible but it doesn't look like the few true Autodelta cars I have seen. and the right shock tower looks like it was welded by someone new to a MIG. The shock towers need reinforcing and this is a high rust area for gtv6's, but Autodelta's standard of work is better than this. Also the few factory built carsthat I have seen used split rim 5 lug wheels, but some of the privateers used the central lug. I would have to really dig into the documentation to have proof on the car as the difference between a true Autodelta built car and a privateer car built with Autodelta parts can be 6 figures.

Kevin

 

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