2013 Detroit Autorama: A 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV Amidst All The Detroit Iron

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As you might expect at a big custom and hot rod show held in Detroit, the Detroit Autorama is rather heavy on the domestic side of the car hobby. Still, if you look, you can find some nicely done foreign cars as well. That’s why I wasn’t that surprised to see Richard Davisson’s ’69 Alfa Romeo GTV. and it was near the front of the hall, which means that the show organizers thought it deserved to be featured. The placard said that it was in the “compact custom” class, which means that while Davisson’s shop, Bradco Restorations in Warran, Michigan, restored it to a pretty high level, he’s built the car the way he wants it, not necessarily the way it came out of the factory. You can see some photos of the restoration in progress here. The Minilite wheels are not only period correct, they’re a fine choice. Their satin finished aluminum sets off the car’s deep blue paint.  Custom or not, I think the Alfa GTV looks great. It has taut, muscular lines, like a t-shirt on a muscled torso. If you look at the GTV and you look at the BMW 2000/2002, roughly from the same era, you wouldn’t be the only one thinking of what might have been for Alfa.

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