4 April 2018
More than an old car #62: Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
Alfa Romeo has been steadily gaining in popularity as it continues to wow people over with its Italian beauty. It is also not as ubiquitous as a Toyota or a Nissan, thereby retaining its somewhat upper-class image. However, this was only possible with the cars that paved the way, such as this 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV.
The AR 105/115 series coupes were a range of cars made between 1963 to 1977. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugario for Bertone, a car styling/coachwork company. The 2000 GTV [GT Veloce (fast in Italian)] had visually pleasing features: a perfect mix of metal, curves, creases and glass, and the protruding horizontal blocks on the grille forming the distinctive heart outline of AR.
The 2000 GTV was introduced in 1971, which replaced the earlier 1750 series. It is easily distinguished by the aforementioned horizontal grille bars with protruding blocks. The quad round headlights will also narrow down your guesses. I admit I was easily confused by AR's naming of its cars and the fact that there were so many models under the 105 series--the body shape looks so identical! Hopefully, this has helped you to clear your confusion and be a better car spotter!
It was powered by a 1962cc AR Twin Cam i4 engine, allowing it to reach a top speed of 195 km/h, with an acceleration of 8.7 seconds [0-100 km/h]. It was 4100 mm long and weighed 1040 kg.
Production ended in 1976 with 37,459 2000 GTVs made. I believe there are still a few of them in Singapore, though I don't know the exact number. This specimen has not been out on the road since December last year, as its road tax has yet to be renewed. Hopefully it is not scrapped or something--it will be a pity if it doesn't exist here anymore! It just gives off this classy vibe which still fits perfectly today--I hope you will be able to spot one some day!