5k: Magic: 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce

The Alfa Romeo GTV tipo 105 has a narcotizing waft of affordability (thanks doctordel!) that is only matched by a few cars in this vintage category.  The price/value ratio, 4-cylinder engine, 2+2 seating and general coolness is matched by the Volvo 1800 and BMW 2002…but somehow the Alfa’s calls louder to me.  The Volvo sings a reliable melody by JH Roman, while the BMW hums Wagnerian opera tunes; the Alfa…well, she belts out a siren song that screams like the high F in the Queen of the Night’s aria from the Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  Find this 1972 Alfa Romeo GTV for sale in Tusin, CA currently bidding on ebay for $6,670 with 1 day to go.

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem herzen translates to Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart and is the opening line from the Queen’s aria.  It is famously known as one of the most difficult arias to sing with a required range of two octaves and a number of high Fs that were allegedly the downfall of many coloratura sopranos.  Similarly, the GTV with its gorgeous looks and Italian reliability has been the downfall of many an unwary home mechanic.

Death and despair blaze around me, the Queen continues with her lambasting of her disobedient daughter and that very well could be you if you pick the wrong GTV.  These aren’t some kind of Honda that you can just change the oil and drive, they require a special touch to keep the 2.0 liter alloy inline-4 putting out 130 horsepower. 

Even the interior parts will bite you in the ass if you aren’t paying attention, the seat springs are particularly sharp…and the 40 year old plastic will be brittle. This one has had the dash hacked up for a radio and will need some attention before enjoying it.

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