La Passione: ’74 Alfa Romeo GTV
We can go on and on about how Italian cars are special. Italians don’t let anything leave their hands without a generous dose of special sauce. This theory applies to art, food, wine, clothing, opera and most of all, cars. Now the Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 has that sauce – but today’s featured Alfa has just a little bit more. If it were a lobster dish, it would be fra diavolo. The Alfa hails from California before heading east to its new home. While in California, it spent some time having a performance make-over by one of California’s best known Alfa shops, Stewart Sandeman’s Alfa Performance Connection. If anyone knows how to diavolo an Alfa, Stewart does. It was built to be totally streetable but it could be loads of fun with your local club friends on track day. The 2-litre motor had a SPICA to Weber conversion and the addition of an electronic ignition. We aren’t sure if anything else was done so you need to contact the seller directly for details on the build – or call APC yourself. The interior has been treated to a race car status but the carpeting and Coco mats remain. The dash is probably an APC fabrication, something they are known for. The roll cage is an important add if you have serious track ambitions. It looks cooler than a set of side airbags too. We love the Panasports (maybe not yellow, an easy fix) and the mesh headlamp covers. We don’t see every car we post on Mint. but we did see this one at New Canaan’s Caffeine & Carburetors. I couldn’t get a clear picture then because of the crowds around it. It is seriously a nice, spicy Alfa. There is so much more to know about this one, you should call the seller directly. The car is in the Metropolitan New York area and the asking price is $34,900. His number is (914) 217- 4817 and talk to Mark and tell him you saw it here on MInt.