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The classic Alfa Romeo GT Veloce 2000 is one seriously beautiful car

This week’s dream car full of Italian charm and elegance.

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IF I HAD the money I’d buy…
… a sporty two-door coupe grand tourer. One oozing with charm and buckets of Italian flair and 1960s style. A car that is beautiful to look at and appreciated by many a car lover.
I’d buy an Alfa Romeo GT Veloce 2000.

Why an Alfa Romeo GTV 2000?

To me, the proportions of the Alfa Romeo 105/115 series Coupés are perfect. Giorgetto Giugiaro penned for Bertone a very clean, good-looking sporting coupe with a 360-degree Corvair line that makes it distinctly 60s in style.

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It has the perfect blend of curves, creases, metal and glass. There is something so ‘right’ about how this car looks, and if anything it has become even better-looking with age.

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Look closer, and you’ll see loads of lovely details – the keyholes in the centre of the door handles, the stamped script on the twin-cam valve cover and the horizontal grille with bulging blocks forming the distinctive Alfa Romeo heart outline.

What’s special about this particular one?

The GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) 2000 has a 1962cc twin-cam four-cylinder engine making 131bhp and a five-speed manual gearbox.
This particular example has had some work done including new brakes, head gasket and water pump as well as the replacement of some other parts.

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The interior is finished in a classy tan leather and features original door panels, old-school long gear stick, and large wood-rimmed steering wheel.
It is in excellent condition, having been in storage from 1989 to 2016, and comes with a lot of supporting documentation.

What does it look like in action?

It looks like a work of art in motion and has a soundtrack that even Morricone would be proud of.

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Who else drives one?

Alfa Romeos have long been beloved by the rich and famous in Italy and elsewhere. Glamorous ladies including Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren loved to be driven around the Amalfi coast in an Alfa. Sophia even got Daniel Day-Lewis to chauffeur her around! Nice one.

Alfa Romeos have appeared numerous times on the big screen too, most famously with a starring role in 1960s classic The Graduate.

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It costs €29,950. What else could you get for the money?

For the same money, you could have this 2016 Audi A3 saloon.

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… or this 35-foot angling boat.

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About the author:

Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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