As we get a little further from the summer and the days get shorter and darker, I needed a fix of summer sunshine so I was looking at some photos that I took at Tuto Italiano at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline, Massachusetts in 2013. One of the cars that caught my eye then and again today was a green Alfa Romeo GT Veloce 2000 or more simply known as the Alfa Romeo GTV 2000.
1972 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000
I very much like the look of this car. I have seen this visual scheme several times – green car with gold and chrome wire-style wheels on many different cars and they have all looked good. The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GV Veloce model line up from 1963 to 1978 all were very good looking cars even without the green paint and the gold wheels.
If You Look Carefully You Can See That This Car Has A Roll Bar
In the Alfa Romeo GTV line-up the original Giulia Sprint GTV in 1963 had a 106 horsepower 1,570cc engine. The follow-on 1750 Sprint GTV in 1967 had a 118 horsepower 1,779cc engine, and eventually in 1971 the GTV 2000 had a 132 horsepower (some sources say 129 horsepower) 1,962cc engine. The 1,962cc engine in the GTV 2000 had 4-cylinders with dual-overhead camshafts and mechanical fuel injection.
The GTV 2000 would reportedly go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds and had a top speed of 121 miles per hour.
The Instrument Cluster Is Not Totally To My Liking
The instrument cluster is somewhat odd. The speedometer and tachometer are great – large and simple. However, the cluster of circles between the speedometer and tachometer looks a little odd. I am not sure what the two lower circular things are for. Perhaps a cluster of idiot lights?
The Gear Shift Is A Little Different From Many Other Cars
In 1972 the Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 had a port of entry (P.O.E.) price of $4,948. At the same time, the 1972 Datsun 240Z had a P.O.E. price of $4,106. I suspect that if I was making the car buying choice in 1972 that I would have selected the Datsun with its much better performance, good styling, and a price that was about 20% less than the Alfa Romeo GTV 2000. Today, I think that the decision would not be so easy.
The Front Grille Of The GTV Looks Like The Grille On My Saab 99
Between 1971 and 1976 Alfa Romeo built 37, 459 GTV 2000 cars, just a few less than the 44,265 of the somewhat more famous 1750 GTV model that Alfa Romeo built from 1967 to 1972.
These are very classy cars.