The passion I have for this car is not due to its value or because it is rare, nor for its heritage. It’s just that when I get in it, and I close the door, I am in my own special world. I tune everything out. I leave for a timeless dimension; it is where I go to blow off steam.
That’s Filippo Montini talking, owner of the Corsa-Spec Alfa Romeo GTA, featured in the above video. As Petrolicious points out, the GTA is one of Alfa Romeo’s crowned jewels, having won the Division 2 European Touring Car Championship in 1966, 1967, and 1969.
Montini’s GTA Corsa-Spec is a specially-built Giuila. As the GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita) designation would imply, the car features plenty of weight-saving components, such as magnesium 14-inch wheels. The GTA also featured enhanced performance bits, including a trick twin-spark aluminum head for the 1600cc twin-cam inline-four with an upgraded distributor and carburetors. When reworked to full Corsa spec, the little GTA produces 160 horsepower. And sounds absolutely glorious, we might add.
Montini originally purchased the GTA Corsa-Speac in pieces, and it took him and his father three years of labor to get it all back together in working order. Their troubles were well worth it, as only 500 of the Corsa-Spec GTAs were officially built, with only 49 of those being right-hand drive. Filippo also holds a Certificate of Authenticity from Alfa Romeo for his GTA.