Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Alfaholics are well known in classic tuning circles as being the lads for the job if you've got a ropey old Alfa that needs spannering into something magical. These guys are seriously good - click here and see all of the sublime Italian poppets they've crafted in the past, and here to see what's currently going through the workshop. What they don't know about Alfa Romeos really isn't worth knowing.
This car, SBP 699E, is one of their better-known builds; it was originally put together ten years ago, although it's so fresh-looking you'd never guess - surprising, given that it's no pampered trailer queen. It may be a poster boy for the company's efforts, but this doesn't manifest itself in polishing and kid gloves - it gets given hell on track on a regular basis, which is just what GTAs were built for.
The donor for the build back in 2005 was a one-owner, 200,000 mile 1967 1300 GT Junior, which was stripped back to first principles and built up into their now-celebrated GTA-R spec. It's been evolving ever since, and currently features a 216bhp Twin Spark twin-cam, bespoke adjustable dampers, 1967 homologation GTA rear arches, a pretty aggressive LSD, custom 7x15" recreation GTA wheels, 300mm discs with 6-pot calipers, Alfaholics' own front geometry kit... they take it to the Nürburgring a lot, where it's usually causing trouble for 996 Carreras and E46 M3s. It's become a legend within classic Alfa circles, and it's showing no sign of slowing down or retiring gracefully. Long may that continue.
Spotted at the London Classic Car Show - click here for more photos.