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Complete 1965 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT restoration

Our customer, Titus, is an Alfa Romeo restoration specialist who recently completed a full restoration of the stunning 1965 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT.

13/06/23

The 1965 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT holds a special place in the classic car scene, being an iconic model from the 60s that paved the way for subsequent models like the Giulia GTV and Spider. The Alfa Romeo GTA, derived from the GT model, gained recognition for its racing victories in touring car racing. Titus acquired this original ’65 Sprint GT from a barn in Devon over two years ago and embarked on a comprehensive restoration.

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Check out its incredible transformation…

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Titus not only performed a complete restoration but also made various upgrades to enhance performance and adapt the car for hot weather and modern fuels. “You were recommended by Damico Engine, who worked on the engine and installed big valves while balancing the rotating parts,” said Titus. The rebuilt engine now features larger inlet valves, fast road cams, cylinder head and manifold porting, a lightened flywheel, balanced pistons, rods, crank, and clutch cover. Additionally, air conditioning was installed to suit the hot summer climate of Western Australia, where the owner relocated.

Despite the car’s “new and improved” state, Titus made efforts to preserve the distinct features of the Sprint GT by retaining rare parts as much as possible. In addition to everything else, they managed to fit a modified AC kit from a Porsche 911. The electric compressor and controller are positioned in the battery tray, with an Optima gel battery in the trunk. The glovebox was modified to accommodate the cabin blower behind the dashboard. The bonnet release lever is on the driver’s side, and a condenser radiator and fan were added in front of the original radiator. The condenser fan also serves as an engine cooling fan when the air conditioning is on and the car is in traffic. To address power demands, Titus installed a 175A alternator kit to provide ample power even at low engine speeds. The cabin blower connects to the original heater box, ensuring warm air on chilly days.

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During the restoration, Titus opted for Zircotec’s ceramic coatings to reduce engine bay temperatures. With the numerous upgrades and enhancements, increasing power also brings an increase in heat, particularly in a classic car like this. Titus opted for our our Performance Graphite™ plasma-applied ceramic coating, capable of reducing surface temperatures by up to 33% and potentially improving engine performance and efficiency by retaining exhaust gas temperatures. Additionally, the coating offers aesthetic benefits and protects the exhaust manifolds from rust corrosion.

Following the meticulous restoration, the car is now headed to Western Australia to be reunited with its owner, ready for the summer season later in the year. If you’re interested in our ceramic coatings and how they can be utilized in classic car restorations like this, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.