Vintage R&T Road Test: 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTV – A Classic In Its Time

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTV, formerly known by the same name minus the “V”, established itself in a class of one since its arrival in 1963. There was no other 2+2 sport coupe that had all the qualities it did: a lusty 1.6 L DOHC four making a prodigious 125 (gross) hp, a slick-shifting five speed transmission, and handling that simply defied the fact that it had a solid rear axle. There were others too, such as the attractive interior, dash, steering wheel, and supportive genuine bucket seats. And last but not least, its timeless styling by Giorgio Giugiaro.


There’s not a lot to say except that it was a love fest, with only a few minor niggles. A Porschephile who drove it admitted that the GTV was a superb handler and presented the best alternative to his beloved brand. A Chrysler engineer spent some time looking underneath the rear end to see just how Alfa made a solid rear axle work so effectively, even at speed in curves on rough pavement.


The legend was not based on hype; it was well earned.