Alfa Romeo‘s most powerful car ever is now officially a collectors car as the brand puts it. Launched last May, all 500 units of the Giulia GTA & GTAm have been sold out. The brand says that these cars have homes dotted all around the globe but they were especially surprised by the uptake from China, Japan and Australia.
The Giulia GTA project was launched to commemorate Alfa Romeo’s 110th anniversary and pay homage to the original 1965 Giulia GTA. Arguably one of the most iconic cars in the brand’s history.
The ’65 Giulia GTA was a pet project of Autodelta Racing Team whose workers stayed overtime to create the iconic track car. Similarly, the modern day version was only known to engineers and mechanics as ‘Project Monster’. Developed in the same places as its ancestor, the modern rendition bears the same Autodelta badge as well!
Only 500 units of the 1965 Giulia GTA were sold to make it eligible to compete in the Group 2 Turismo class, hence the reason why only 500 units of the modern rendition were made. Both cars share the same lightweight philosophy or ‘alleggerimento’ as Alfa Romeo call it. Shedding weight is courtesy of lighter body panels, windows, wheels and door handles! The two GTAs also share an affinity for aerodynamic design with the modern recreation benefitting from Sauber Engineering’s experience in the field.
Lastly, both Giulia GTAs underwent rigorous testing by Alfa Romeo racing drivers. The 1965 version had Teodoro Zeccoli & Andrea de Adamich while its modern ancestor involved Kimi Raikkonen & Antonio Giovinazzi.
Alfa Romeo wanted this new Giulia GTA to be a bridge that joined the company’s heritage with their future and that’s exactly what it is. Developed using similar philosophies and conditions as the original was, in a way that only Alfa can. Functional beauty, unique design and a skillful combination of form & function, the Giulia GTA has all the hallmarks of a true Alfa Romeo.
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Words by Matthew D’Souza, pictures courtesy of Stellantis Media.