Alfa Romeo GTV GT & Pregliasco – 1979 Tour of Ypres – Ypres Rally – photograph…

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A superb and rare photo, made from what we believe is the original negative, of Mauro Pregliasco and his Alfa Romeo GTV during the heavy 1979 edition of the Tour of Ypres – a.k.a. Ypres Rally . Left on the photo, we see standing next to the bonnet in racing-overalls Mauro Pregliasco. The Alfa team is frantically preparing the Alfa Romeo GTV. tuned by Autodelta. for yet another stage.

The Alfa Romeo Alfetta was the base for the Alfa Romeo GT and the Alfa Romeo GTV . The four-door Alfetta was sold in the USA from 1975 through 1977 under the name Alfetta Sedan. From 1978 to 1979 a mildly restyled version was sold under the name Sport Sedan. The four-cylinder coupe was available from 1975 to 1977 under the moniker Alfetta GT. Finally, the V-6 version was marketed from 1981 to 1986 as the GTV-6.

Back to the GTV, it was a fastback coupé version of the Alfetta, introduced in 1974 as Alfetta GT, initially available only with the 1.8 litre (1779 cc) version of the Alfa DOHC four. For 1976, with the final phasing out of the earlier 105 Series 1.3 and 1.6 litre coupes (GT 1300 Junior and GT 1600 Junior) and the 2.0 litre 105 series 2000 GTV, the Alfetta GT became a range, also available with the 1.6 litre (1570 cc) and 2.0 litre (1962 cc) versions of the same engine as the Alfetta GT 1.6, Alfetta GT 1.8 and Alfetta GTV 2000.

The GTV designation was initially reserved for the 2.0 litre top version. In 1979, some minor revisions, including a revised engine with new camshaft profiles and a change to mechanical-and-vacuum ignition advance, saw the 2.0 litre redesignated the Alfetta GTV 2000L. Autodelta also produced a limited edition turbocharged model, named Turbodelta, for FIA Group 4 homologation. This version used a KKK turbo which pushed power up to 175 PS (129 kW).

The car also received a modified suspension layout. This was first Italian production car with turbocharger. The styling of the GTV, while distinctive, can be seen to share many design features derived from the Montreal supercar, as translated down to a simpler and thus more marketable vehicle. Examples of this are the bonnet line, which while briefer, still has ‘scallops’ for the headlights, and the tail light clusters which resemble those of the Montreal.

The door shape is similar, and in a sharing of parts, both vehicles employ the same door handles. In 1981, the GTV received a restyling, with grey plastic bumpers and all matt-black trim replacing bright stainless steel, the 1.6 litre and 1.8 litre versions were discontinued and the Alfetta 2000 GTV became the base coupé model as the Alfa GTV 2.0.

The Alfetta name was dropped, but the two-litre coupé retained its type designation of 11636 for left hand drive and 11637 for right hand drive. 15 inch alloy wheels were now standard, as opposed to the earlier cars’ 14 inch pressed steel or optional 14 inch alloy.

Later in the same year, the GTV- 6, a version of the GTV with the SOHC V6 2.5 L engine from the Alfa 6 luxury sedan, was released. As a result the hood received a bulge to clear the top of the intake and became its most pronounced feature. With Bosch fuel injection instead of the six downdraught Dell’Orto carburetors in the early Alfa 6 installation, the V6 was much easier to start and retained its state of tune much better.


The V6 received rave reviews from the motoring press, which had previously lambasted the same engine in the Alfa 6 because of the carburetor problems. It found its true home in the GTV-6 where it could stretch its legs better than in the less sporting Alfa 6 sedan, including winning the European Touring Car Championship an unprecedented four years in succession (1982-85), the British Touring Car Championship in 1983 at the hands of Andy Rouse. as well as many other racing and rallying competitions.

The fuel injection installation eventually made it into the second series of the Alfa 6 as well. The GTV went through a number of revisions, including a new gear ratios and an updated interior in 1984. A grey GTV6 is featured for a short period in the James Bond movie Octopussy. Bond steals the parked car while its owner uses a pay phone booth and makes haste towards Octopussy’s Circus. The GTV6 was driven to victory by Greg Carr and Fred Gocentas in the 1987 Australian Rally Championship.

South African models were first assembled at Automaker’s Rosslyn plant, located outside Pretoria. These early, 1973 models, were manufactured alongside Datsuns. From 1974 South African Alfetta’s were manufactured at Alfa Romeo’s own Brits plant. South Africa was one of two markets to have a turbocharged GTV6, with a Garrett turbocharger and a NACA intake. An estimated 750 were assembled before all production ceased in 1986.

The South African market also introduced the 3.0 L GTV-6, predating the international debut of the factory’s 3.0 L engine in 1987. Approximately 200 were built in South Africa for racing homologation. To this day, the GTV-6 remains the quintessential Alfa Romeo for South Africans. For the U.S. market two limited production GTV-6 models stand out.

The Balocco (named after the famous Balocco race track in Italy ) in 1982 with a production run of only 350 cars. And the GTV-6 2.5 Maratona, of which only 150 were built. The Maratona model included a more aggressive aerodynamic trim package, lightweight Speedline wheels, clear engine view port, sunroof, wood steering wheel, rear louvers and fog lamps.

All 150 cars were painted only in Silver. Callaway Cars, famous for their modified Camaro, Impala SS and Corvette offerings modified about thirty GTV-6s between 1983 and 1986. In addition to numerous small component upgrades, the Callaway GTVs included a much revised suspension, larger brakes and a twin-turbocharger system, boosting performance to near-exotic levels.

A different twin turbo GTV was also built briefly for the Australian market.

The racing versions of the Alfetta GT and GTV were built by Autodelta . initially with the normally aspirated engine from the earlier GTAm racer based on the 105 series coupe, for homologation under FIA Group 2. In this form they were rallied with moderate success in 1975, winning the Elba and Costa Brava rallies overall, as well as winning the Group 2 category in the World Rally Championship’s Corsican event. The next year Autodelta shifted its focus to circuit racing the Alfettas, which won the under 2.5-liter Group 2 division of the European Touring Car Championship, scoring a remarkable second place overall at the 24 hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, as well as an overall win in the ETC race at Vallelunga.

Despite such results, Autodelta’s efforts with the Group 2 Alfetta were desultory, and ended prematurely. At a single rally at the end of the 1975 season, Autodelta also rallied an Alfetta GTV with a 3.0 litre V8 engine, derived from the 2.6 litre V8 of the Alfa Romeo Montreal coupé and sharing the same mechanical fuel injection by SPICA. It had been suggested to produce 400 roadgoing versions of this model for homologation but this plan was abandoned as well.

In 1980 the Alfetta GTV Turbodelta was already homologated in FIA Group 4, since the required number of production cars had been built. A racing version was campaigned in rallies, but once more the effort was abandoned after a single season, despite scoring a win at the Danube Rally. In 1986 the Alfa Romeo GTV6 was one of the fastest Group A rally cars.

However FIA put it to Group B in the end of 1986, this made if from winner car to a car which was drawn away from rallying. The GTV6 placed 3rd in 1986 Tour de Corse.

The Belgium Ypres Rally . or Ypres Westhoek Rally (BYWR) founded by Frans Thévelin in 1965 is one of the most famous rallies in the European Rally Championship and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. In its history, the rally has had some famous pilots and co-pilots participating, such as Didier Auriol. Colin McRae.

Alister McRae, Juha Kankkunen. François Duval, Michele Mouton. Jean Todt. Armin Schwarz and Ari Vatanen among others. It is hosted by A.C. Targa Florio.

The company that became Alfa Romeo was founded as Società Anonima Italiana Darracq (SAID) in 1906 by Cavaliere Ugo Stella. an aristocrat from Milan. in partnership with the French automobile firm of Alexandre Darracq. The firm initially produced Darracq cars in Naples. but after the partnership collapsed Stella and the other Italian co-investors moved production to an idle Darracq factory in the Milan suburb of Portello, and the company was renamed A.L.F.A . ( Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili ). The first non-Darracq car produced by company was the 1910 24 HP, designed by Giuseppe Merosi.

Merosi would go on to design a series of new ALFA cars with more powerful engines (40-60 HP). ALFA also ventured into motor racing, drivers Franchini and Ronzoni competing in the 1911 Targa Florio with two 24 HP models. However, the onset of World War I halted automobile production at ALFA for three years.

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1916 saw the company come under the direction of Neapolitan entrepreneur Nicola Romeo . who converted the factory to produce military hardware for the Italian and Allied war efforts. Munitions, aircraft engines and other components, compressors and generators based on the company’s existing car engines, and heavy locomotives were produced in the factory during the war. When the war was over, Romeo took complete control of ALFA and car production resumed in 1919.

In 1920, the name of the company was changed to Alfa Romeo with the Torpedo 20-30 HP becoming the first car to be badged as such. Their first success came in 1920 when Giuseppe Campari won at Mugello and continued with second place in the Targa Florio driven by Enzo Ferrari . Giuseppe Merosi continued as head designer, and the company continued to produce solid road cars as well as successful race cars (including the 40-60 HP and the RL Targa Florio ). In 1923 Vittorio Jano was lured away from Fiat, partly thanks to the persuasion of a young Alfa racing driver named Enzo Ferrari, to replace Merosi as chief designer at Alfa Romeo.

The first Alfa Romeo under Jano was the P2 Grand Prix car, which won Alfa Romeo the inaugural world championship for Grand Prix cars in 1925. For Alfa road cars Jano developed a series of small-to-medium-displacement 4, 6, and 8 cylinder inline power plants based on the P2 unit that established the classic architecture of Alfa engines, with light alloy construction, hemispherical combustion chambers, centrally-located plugs, two rows of overhead valves per cylinder bank and dual overhead cams.

Jano’s designs proved to be both reliable and powerful. Enzo Ferrari proved to be a better team manager than driver, and when the factory team was privatised, it then became Scuderia Ferrari. When Ferrari left Alfa Romeo, he went on to build his own cars.

Tazio Nuvolari often drove for Alfa, winning many races prior to WWII. In 1928 Nicola Romeo left, with Alfa going broke after defense contracts ended, and in the end of 1932 Alfa Romeo was rescued by the government, which then had effective control. Alfa became an instrument of Mussolini ‘s Italy. a national emblem.

During this period Alfa Romeo built bespoke vehicles for the wealthy, with the bodies normally built by Touring of Milan or Pininfarina. This was the era that peaked with the legendary Alfa Romeo 2900B Type 35 racers. The Alfa factory (converted during wartime to the production of Macchi C.202 Folgore engines) was bombed during World War II, and struggled to return to profitability after the war.

The luxury vehicles were out. Smaller mass-produced vehicles began to be produced in Alfa’s factories beginning with the 1954 model year, with the introduction of the Giulietta series of berline (saloons/sedans), coupes and open two-seaters. All three varieties shared what would become the classic Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engine, initially in 1300cc form.

This engine would eventually be enlarged to just under 2 liters (1962cc) and would remain in production through 1995.

This is a very nice and very rare photo that reflects a wonderful era of Alfa Romeo ‘s and Ypres Rally ’s automotive history in a wonderful way. This is your rare chance to own this photo, therefore it is printed in a nice large format of ca. 8 x 12 (ca.

20 x 30 cm ). It makes it perfectly suitable for framing.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a digital print (!), but a traditional photograph, which is processed through the traditional photographic process by a professional photo studio. Every negative is fully processed by hand, obtaining the best result possible. As most negatives are very old, several traditional photographic prints of each negative are made. Each has different settings (like varying brightness and contrast).

Out of these, the best of the photographic prints is then selected, and shipped to the winner of this auction. This way the best result possible is obtained, and each photograph is absolutely unique and collectable! It is not realistic however to expect a modern quality digital enhanced digital print, as the negative was made in the 1970s with a camera and film from that era as well.

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