1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTC: Reader Ride

By: Nerine Pearce

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Nerine Pearce says her little Alfa still drives and looks brand new

 

1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTC

We have owned the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTC for 11 years and being members of AROCA (Vic) we have a lot of fun going to shows and rallies.

While not wanting to sound like the lady in the Shannon’s ad, the GTC is my Alfa of choice if I am called on for driving duties. It is light and easy to handle and the all-round vision particularly with the roof down is exceptional particularly compared with modern designs. The 1600cc power from this sporty little Italian is fine for keeping up with traffic, and on the open roads it is more about keeping the car below the speed limit. The 4-wheel powered disc brakes are excellent particularly for a 1966 vehicle.

The Giulia GTC was an interim model filling a gap in Alfa’s need for a convertible before the release of the Duetto (later Spider) two seater model.

Unlike the 105 Giulia GT Sprint designed by Bertone the GTC was built by ‘Touring of Milan’ the once famous Italian Carrozzeria favoured by Alfa Romeo since the early 20’s. The design transformed the coupe into an attractive four-seater with unique wind-down rear windows and hidden roof when folded, yet still retaining a reasonable boot area. Extensive buttressing and additional framing was installed to arrest any scuttle shake and while resulting in a slight increase in weight the result is quite successful. Released at the Geneva Motor show to an enthusiastic public many orders were taken but only 1000 vehicles including 99 RH-drive cars were commissioned. Our GTC was one of six initially arriving in Australia in 1966 and was the cover car for Australian Motor publication in November 1966. The article contained an extensive road test and appealed to the first owner who took delivery in January 1967 in Melbourne.

An extensive bare metal restoration was carried out in recent years and today the GTC still drives and looks brand new.

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