1972 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
Italian for ‘quick', the Alfa Romeo GT Veloce was indeed a speedy classic Alfa Romeo vehicle. Renown for producing some of the most stunning and technically advanced vehicle of their time, Alfa Romeo has one of the most celebrated histories in the motoring world.
Also being a very practical vehicle, the GTV coupe's body features smooth lines, and a two-door body that could comfortably seat four passengers, along with quite adequate luggage space. The Alfa Romeo GT Veloce featured a classic, race bred all alloy twin cam engine.
Introduced in 1971, the 2000 GTV was debuted alongside the 2000 Berlina sedan and 2000 Spider. Replacing the 1750 range, the 2000 range featured an increased engine displacement of 1962 cc with a change of the bore and stroke to 84 mm x 88.5 mm. Both the oil and radiator aptitude remained the same. The GT Veloce engine produced 132 bhp at 5500 rpm with the SPICA fuel injection. Inside the vehicle was a new single instrument clusters rather than the gauges installed in the dash panel of previous models.
The exterior of the 2000 GTV featured horizontal chrome bars that had protruding blocks that formed the trademark Alfa heart in outline. Recently standard on the 2000 GTV were larger rear light clusters fitted to the U.S. market. Other identifiable features on the Alfa Romeo GT Veloce were smaller hubcaps with exposed wheel nuts, and optional aluminum alloy wheels the same size as the standard 5. 1/2J x 14 steel items, styled to the 'turbina' design that was first seen on the Alfa Romeo Montreal.
A total of 37,459 Alfa Romeo GTV models were produced from 1971 through 1976 before production was ended.
John Bechtol Interview 2011
Inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational 2014
"Dotti and I participated in the Enduro which was held at Indy during the SVRA Brickyard Invitational in June. The enduro for SVRA groups 1,2,3,4,5a,6a, and 8 lasted one hour. Our 1972 Alfa Spider placed first in class (group 8) and the two of us had a blast. It was a wonderful event and the SVRA winner medallions were the icing on the cake." ~John Bechtol