I was delighted to see that C&SC’s latest issue celebrates Alfa Romeo, because this is a manufacturer that I hold much affection for.
When talk turns to Alfa Romeo, my memory returns unerringly to the first of the marque I ever drove, a 1973-ish Bertone GTV my boss of the time, Peter Robinson, doyen of Australian motoring scribblers and then editor of Sydney-based Wheels magazine, had sourced from Alfa Australia as a road test car.
Robbo was always far more generous with test cars that he needed to be (I’d been in the job a few months), but he sent me away for a superb driving weekend during which I was rarely out of the seat, bringing the GTV back with an extra 600 miles on the odometer.
This experience and others (I eventually drove one of these on a 4200-mile round trip to the top of Australia and back), have left me with the certain knowledge that if today I was asked to choose any classic Alfa Romeo of my own, the 2.0 GTV would certainly be the one.
The original car, the Giulia Sprint GT, was the work of a young Giorgetto Giugiaro, on Bertone’s payroll at the time, which just makes it better.