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Introduced in 1965, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA was one of the first homologation specials. Created to compete in the European Touring Car Championship (ETTC), it was a lighter, more poised version of the Giulia Sprint GT. The “A” was the crucial addition as it is short for Alleggerita, Italian for lightened. For the GTA, Bertone’s Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed body was made from aluminum instead of steel. It was powered by a 1,570 cc, twin-cam and twin-spark engine that produced 113 bhp in street trim, and up to 175 bhp in full competition trim. To meet homologation requirements, Alfa Romeo built 500 GTAs, which included the Stradale road cars and the Corsa racers. On track, the GTA was hugely successful, winning the ETTC in 1966, 1967, and 1968. Jochen Rindt also used a GTA to win the inaugural Trans Am Championship.

According to a letter on file from the Alfa Romeo archives, chassis AR613556 corresponds to a Giulia Sprint GTA manufactured on August 25, 1965, finished in white with black interior and delivered to Società Francese Alfa Romeo in Paris, France. Like many GTAs, this car was later prepared to compete in historic racing, and under the current ownership, it has competed in the 2005 Tour Auto, among other events. An example of one of Alfa Romeo’s most desirable models, it is eligible for many major events including the Tour Auto and Goodwood Revival St. Mary’s Trophy. This example, which has been prepared under the current ownership, and event proven, would be an accessible candidate for future historic events.

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