Alfa Romeo Giulia GT and Giulia
GTA the history of a great sport car
1963 Alfa Romeo presented the prototype for the Giulia Sprint
GT coupé with the intension of replacing the Giulietta
Sprint. Sales of the new automobile began in the second of
The body of the Giulia GT was designed by Bertone. Its engine
of 1570 cmc was derived from the Giulia sedan.
In 1965 the modification of the Giulia GTA begins and it makes
its debut in the uphill race of Trento-Monte Bondone. The
car wins first place in the Gran Turismo 1600 category.
In 1966 Auto Delta merges with Alfa Romeo. Engineer Chiti
is nominated general director and member of the board of directors.
From then on the activities of Auto Delta are concentrated
on the modification of the turismo automobiles and from 1967
they construct the series 33 prototype. In the meantime, the
Here they are in detail:
Initially, the Giulia GTA has the same engine as the TZ2 (1570
cm3 of piston displacement) that with the application of additional
modifications manages to reach 175 CV. The standard engine
as it was sold to the client has a power of 115 CV at 6,000
The mechanics that unleash themselves on the GTA cars are
notable names like Conrero, Bosato, Fecetto and Angelini.
The Giulia GTA in the 1600 version reaches a weight of 700
kg and a speed of over 200 km/h.
Thanks to the Chiti's modifications, the the car develops
first-class road handling and drivability. Even if frequently
it competes with the Porsche 911 with a rear engine, the Alfa
Romeo cars do not experience any inferiority complex and in
Germany in 1967 on the Nurburgring track the GTA classify
themselves first, second and fourth.
is a long list of affirmations from Alfa Romeo drivers and
sport clients at the wheel of the GTA and the car becomes
unbeatable in its class.There are hundreds victories (over
200 in the 1966 season alone), dozens of national titles (even
in the USA and South America), three Europe Challenger for
Turismo automobiles with Adrea Adamich (1966 and 1967) and
Spartaco Dini (1969), a European Montain Championship with
Ignazio Giunti (1967).
In 1967-1968 dozens of cars become modified according to the
Group 5 regulations and at the GTA-SA race in Germany, Belgium
and France they achieve extraordinary results. The supremacy
of the Alfa Romeo in the Turismo competition continue up until
the 1960s with the GTA Junior, "a small bomb of a car"
on the street and on the track. Without any rivals in its
category, the car begins to make life difficult even for automobiles
with bigger engines and obviously superior power. The car
enters the European championships first with the GTA 1600
and then the GTAm which is Auto Delta's GTA Junior and they
dominate among automobiles of 1300 cm3 for four consecutive
In 1971 the house of Arese wins the European Contructor's
Championships (thanks even to the pointing system) thanks
to the results of Gianluigi Picchi's GTA Junior whose contribution
determines the winning of the title.
In 1972 the GTA Junior wins all nine tests of the European
Turismo Championships yet again because of Picchi's skill
(in the two seasons he wins 9 races out of 17) as well as
Facetti, Hezemans, Van Lennep and other noteworthy drivers.
The GTA Junior wins a number of national championships all
over the world from Italy to the USA, from Belgium to Holland
and from Czechoslovakia to Austria. The GTA Junior continues
to race with success until the mid-1970s and at the end of
its career its 4 cylinder double ignition of 1290 cm3 injection
version manages to reach 165 CV at 8400 rotations per minute
(against the 96 at 6000 rotations of the engine for the street
In 1974 a version with four valves and only one candle per
cylinder is introduced and this allows it to reach 180 CV
at 9300 rotations.
From the 447 GTA Juniors produced between 1968 and 1972, it
is calculated that at least 300 were modified for racing.
source: Quattro Ruote - Mito Alfa
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