The GT Veloce in Papua New Guinea!...

I just received a few photos from a previous owner who had my coupe in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Some people were dubious that my car was in PNG considering it was sold new in Sydney but here’s the proof! The previous owner was a pilot up there and took the car over. Looks like lots of fun twisty roads to drive on. I googled the lookout and the last photo is a pic looking down and the twisty road leading up to it. Kassam Pass rises 5000 feet over 10 kilometres. I have the original PNG number plate shown in the photos sitting next to me on my shelf at work....

Travel all over the Countryside...

After getting the car home and tucked away it was time to have a good look at what I had bought. It was a lot better than my previous rusty project. The story goes that the previous owner (PO) took the car to a body shop to get a few bits fixed and a new paint job. When he came back a while later to check on the car the shop had completely stripped the car, blasted it to bare metal and were repairing the panels. Interestingly they were lead swiping which isnt used much anymore. He flipped his lid as it was going to cos way more than he anticipated, so he took the car home as is. The car languished for a while before he decided to move it on. Well so begins its garage/shed-surfing adventure. Over many years it has moved around the state. Rumour has it, it has even been in Papau New Guinea, but I suspect that was when it was road-going. The stalled restoration began in Atherton in the North Queensland Tablelands,then to Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Kingaroy, and now...

Always Looking For Another...

After years of going out to my garage to look at a very rusty and bent Sprint GT project sitting there, I was beginning to think it would be 20 years before I could resurrect it. Along comes a fellow alfa nut friend who is trying to thin out his double digit cars that are crowding his parent’s shed! He says he feels sorry for me with the rusty project car I have and has a Sprint GT Veloce shell that would give me a head start and a little less money to throw into the pit. Wife negotiations begin (any woman that remains married to an alfaholic is to be appreciated) and the deal is done. I do a bit of research into which model it is by contacting the Alfa Archives. It is AR299772 which doesnt even show up in the Fusi lists. But Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo say: AR 299772 originally corresponds to an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce RHD (105.37), manufactured on the 17th October 1967 and sold on the 10th November 1967 to Alec Mildren from Pymble , Australia . So it really is quite latein production for the 1600 GT Veloce. Probably a bit of crossover with the 1750 Series 1. Other than the bare shell, I did also get the original 1600 which is in a bit of a sad state, some would say its best use is a boat anchor but I will make sure I always keep it with the car even if I dont use it. One Saturday off I go with my mate on a 4 hour roadtrip to pick it up where it is stored in a warehouse of a government scientific facility in Bundaberg. Not too sure what they do...