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. This car gives me emotions that cannot be put into words. It is such an intimate experience, that I jealously cherish it. My name is Filippo Montini I was born in 1976, and my passion has always been for 1960’s Alfa Romeos. I have owned this Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA for 10 years. GTA stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita. It’s not my family’s first car because my love for these cars started a long time ago. My grandfather was a test driver for Benelli Moto, my father always worked on cars as a hobby and as a trade. So racing was a big part of my childhood, both for motorcylces and cars. When I was 8 years old, in an aviation field, I saw a Giulia. I was star-strucked by that car, and from that moment on I felt something that I cannot put into words. It was very peculiar because we met the owner of the Giulia, Angelo, and he immediately seemed trustworthy. A friendship was born that day that lasts to today. Me and my dad were supervising the restoration of a car that was particularly complexed. [Angelo], the owner of the GTA, came from Brescia to Pesaro, where we were, Just to meet us and we had lunch together. We talked about my passion for the cars I owned, the ones I wanted and the ones that Angelo had. Angelo told me he had a disassembled GTA for the last 10 years, because he did not have any time to fix it himself. So my dad suggested that he could put it together. So we bought the GTA sight un-seen because it was disassembled, without thinking what the build would entail. Without assessing the risks that we could run into with a car of this type. We went to see the car, we saw that Angelo had been truthful, so we started to divide all the pieces, and organize them in different crates. We took all the crates home, and little by little like a puzzle, we were able to re-build the whole car. Obviously it was a job that took 3 years. But it paid off because we got the certificate of authenticity from both the “Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo” and and from Maurizio Tabucchi, a famous GTA expert who recently passed away. The main characteristics in a GTA is it’s aluminum riveted body. This is to keep the weight of the car low. You have a 200 kilos lighter car than the most common aluminum version. The car is also lighter thanks to alloy wheels, and the engine is more powerful thanks to the dual ignition system. What is commonly known as “twin sparks”, with 2 sparks for each cilinder. The engine with a street configuration has 115 horse power. But my car has 160 horse power because it has a racing configuration. It is also right-hand driven, it is part of circa 49 cars built in Udine, at Auto Delta, that already came out of the factory with more horse powers. The restoration process lasted around 3 years, and Angelo, the previous owner, was very influential. Because he supervised the mechanical part of the build. So I would see and talk to Angelo often, just as I still do now, because we remained good friends. So now when he calls, the first thing he asks me is not how I am but rather when was the last time that I drove the GTA. I think he is really happy with this re-built, because his cars is in good hands, and even if this car is now mine, a small part will always be his too. It is a car that will always be with me.