1971 Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750

One of the nicest two-door four passenger sedans ever build was the Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750.  This car is like a slightly little brother to the Lancia Aurelia from the early 1950s.  I saw the yellow 1971 Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750 shown below at this summer’s Tuto Italiano Day at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation.  The bright yellow paint job on this car just demanded attention.

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV 1971 (1)

1971 Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750

The Alfa Romeo Spint GTV 1750 was an improved version of the Giulia Sprint Veloce which was made from 1963 to 1968.  The Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750 was made from 1967 to 1974.  During that period of time Alfa Romeo made a little more than 44, 000 of these cars.

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV 1971 (6)

The Quadruple Headlights Differentiate The Sprint GTV 1750 from the Dual Headlights on The Sprint GT Veloce

The 1971 Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750 was a rather expensive car, or at least more expensive than other desirable cars.  The GTV 1750 cost about $4,800.  For example, a Triumph TR6 was selling for about $3,300, a Toyota Celica cost $2,600, and a 6-cylinder Jaguar XKE Coupe was $5,900 in 1971.

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV 1971 (4)

View From the Back Shows The Smooth Lines of the Bertone Designed Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750

The 1971 Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750 was a good performing car, but was not necessarily a fast car.  Reportedly these cars would accelerate from 0 – 60 miles per hour in 9.3 seconds and had a top speed of 118 miles per hour.

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV 1971 (5)

The Wheels on This Car Do Not Appear To Be Standard

The engine in the 1971 Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750 was a 1,779cc inline 4-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts and a mechanical fuel injection system.  These cars had five-speed manual transmissions.

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV 1971 (2)

The Twin Overhead Cam Alfa Romeo Spring GTV 1750 Engine Looks Exceptionally Clean

I like the interior of these cars with the large dials and the wood steering wheel.  The position of the transmission shift lever appears to be a little higher and a little more forward than I am used to.  However I have never had the opportunity to drive one of these cars, so I do not know the effect of the gear shift location.

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV 1971 (3)

Large Tachometer and Speedometer Of The Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750 Are Easy To Read

These are very attractive cars that had a good performance in their day.  In my opinion, the Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV 1750 coupes are more desirable than the Alfa Romeo roadsters from the same era.

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