The 1975-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT was derived from the company's mid-'70s Alfetta sedan and was about 1.5 inches shorter overall on a 4.5-inch shorter wheelbase. It offered completely different coupe styling -- credited to Giorgio Giugiaro -- clothed identical chassis boasting five-speed de Dion rear transaxle (with Watt linkage) and a torsion-bar front suspension by lower A-arm, upper transverse arm, and longitudinal link.

This Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV coupe was part of the 1975-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT/GTV/Sprint Veloce line.
1975-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV coupe.
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The Alfetta GT featured standard all-disc power brakes but manual rack-and-pinion steering. It was sold in America only with the 2,000cc version of Alfa's legendary all-aluminum twin-cam four, but the car was available elsewhere with 1,570cc and 1,779cc engines.

The Alfetta GT was well liked -- mainly for handling -- but sales were limited due to the odd dash with the tach dead-ahead and other gauges in the center, plus Alfa's usual fast rusting and poor reliability.

The line was somewhat tidied up through 1979 in evolutionary GTV and Sprint Veloce models, but real improvement would await the V-6-powered GTV-6. The prime pick here may be the special Mario Andretti Signature Edition with rear spoiler, free-flow Ansa exhaust, Koni shocks, autographed dash plaque -- and loud red carpeting.

Pluses of the 1975-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT/GTV/Sprint Veloce:

  • It's an Alfa
  • Not costly
  • Fine handling
  • Good mileage (20 mpg)
  • Interesting chassis
  • Distinctive styling

Minuses of the 1975-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT/GTV/Sprint Veloce:

  • It's an Alfa
  • Not that quick (0-60: 12-14 seconds)
  • Not that quiet
  • Vague shifter
  • Shoulda been a hatchback
  • Dumb dash
  • Italian straight arm driving stance
  • Usual tinworm and mechanical worries

Production of the 1975-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT/GTV/Sprint Veloce:
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Specifications of the 1975-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT/GTV/Sprint Veloce:
Wheelbase, inches: 94.5
Length, inches: 171.0
Weight, pounds: 2,200-2,660
Price, new: $8,200-$10,495

Engines for the 1975-1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT/GTV/Sprint Veloce:

Type Size
Horsepower
Years
dohc I-4 1570 cc
109* 1975-1979
dohc I-41779 cc
122*
1975-1979
dohc I-41,962 cc
111-129**
1975-1979

*DIN
**SAE net (U.S. model)


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