If you’ve ever yearned for the days of live radio contests, where you had to dial your local radio station for the privilege of answering a question that might get you that day’s set of Miami Sound Machine tickets, the closest modern analog to that might be when you see a desirable car at a lower-than-market price in the online classifieds. Unfortunately, the online listings don’t always include a phone number, so you’ll have to rely on your aggressive emailing skills instead – or look at the map the seller kindly provided and exercise your modern cyberstalking skills. In any event, it’s worth looking at the listing for this 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 for sale for $4000 in Arvada, CO.
It’s not much to look at, but it’s still a beautiful Bertone GTV at its core. Evidently, the front of the car has had some attention, which has been preserved in grey primer, but the mesh wheels and black plastic mirror suggest its last enthusiastic owner dates back 20-30 years. There’s visible rust at the bottom of the front fender, and the non-matching rockers are also cause for concern. No detail is provided on the extent of work done, or how well it was done, so it’s probably best to go in with low expectations.
The engine is said to have been built by a reputable Alfa shop 26 years and 23,000 miles ago – not so impressive until you see the engine was rebuilt in 1990 and the car not driven since 1991. The engine is said to start and run perfectly, so it’s not clear what the final straw was for the car before it was parked. While the 2-liter engine is not the most popular version, even these have attracted sufficient collector interest that there’s room to put money into this thing.
Perhaps this was what broke the camel’s back – the rear was lightly hit at some point, and while it’s lucky the entire rear end didn’t bend at the wheel wells as it often does, there’s still a fair amount of rust back here. The seller has kindly captured the car’s worst side, and while the passenger side looks better, you’re definitely looking at a substantial amount of body work. Other needs include the upholstery, dash, windshield, and you might as well count on working on all perishables – hydraulic and cooling systems. On the upside, all gauges are said to work, the gas tank was replaced and carbs were synchronized recently, and among the included parts you’ll find Euro-rear tail light assemblies, bumpers, extra silver wheels and more. Given where these cars are, and how you feel about the market, would you feel like it’s worth going into this project?