3.2 JTS is now running well although I have yet to get my rear boxes. So I am now giving my attention to my 3.0 GTV.
She has been brilliant over the years, had her since June 2000. Apart from a couple of months, driven for work until I got my 156, she has been a summer Holiday car, going home to see Mama on several occasions. Sometimes driven both ways to Florence and Verona, and on a few other occasions cosseted on motor rail, both ways or one way with the other driven.
This car has always been best suited to long distances across the Continent and wherever she went there were admiring glances - on some occasions when I had the audacity to pull up on the outside lane at lights, with more than a few Ferraris on the inside. Could never stop baiting the opposition, even if it was for the first ten feet.
But many a Ferrari driver paid homage to the car by floating past and then pulling into the inside lane to let me past, so they could take in the view.
Its time however to think of her, future, hopefully with someone who would care for her as much as I do. She‘s not a show car; but very well could be, she’s, remains completely original, apart from the Tele - dials, which although a better ride with 225/50/17’s I don’t like. The Originals, which I still have are much nicer IMO.
They don’t look aggressive, just as the shape of the GTV isn’t. Which belies the fact that it is a great GT. Quick too, and the five speed box suits her, with a lovely choice of ratios. The Torque just seems to overlap as one moves through the gears. I will miss that, and her.
The bumpers are being removed and taken to the spray shop on Tuesday. But the rest of the body is ding free, with a few small scratches but no rust whatsoever. That’s what comes of living most of her life in the garage.
None the less, having watched Neil’s video on YouTube, I felt confident about removing the bumpers, but was still a little anxious about what I might find.
I needn’t have been, the rear bumper came off with a lot less effort than Neil had to make, and no need to hammer the hex drive into the fixings - nice and clean, so a doddle really.
The intention is to have the Bumpers resprayed, refitted, MOT - ed, then the body polished, light scratches removed and touch - ups, that’s it.
When this, is all done, I may think about re-chrome - ing the inlet tracts. With under 30,500 miles on the clock she probably deserves that. But that’s all, no titivating for her - the engine bay will be as she came from Alfa.
I took. The silly badges off her when I bought it, not wanting to follow the Japanese Trend for as many numbers an letters on the boot as would fit. She is simply a GTV, a concession being homage to the Stylists - Pininfarina, with the name and their shield above.
The Tan leather remains pristine - new really, steering wheel, gaiters and gear stick show no evidence of use really and the gearbox as tight as she was since I bought it. Never seen the need to snatch gears with Alfa’s, torque has always been adequate with a good spread to match the ratios.
Every Alfa I have owned gave the impression they are under - geared. The 3.0 litre GTV is no different. But 145 mph for 12 - 14 minutes, coming out of Switzerland and heading for Strasbourg demonstrated, gearing more than matched the engines flexibility.
What a joy it has been to own her.