Richard Banks’s personal 1600 Sprint GTV … and more
The is the personal GTV of Richard Banks, owner of Alfaholics, a business that developed out of Richard’s decades-long affair with Alfa Romeos. See more photos of his car below.
Richard Banks’s 1600 Sprint GTV “Non Originale.” Richard was already an established Alfa restorer when I ran across him in the early 1980’s. As you can see, practice makes perfect.
Richard writes that when he found this car in South Africa it had the lovely leather interior.
This is what you get when the Alfaholics warehouse of parts is at your disposal. Mods to this car include suspension, brakes, limited slip differential, exhaust, aluminum GTA radiator, 7×15 Strada GTA-style wheels, and a wonderful 168 hp 2 litre motor running on 40 DCOEs. Do you wonder why I keep asking Richard if he’ll adopt me? I want the keys to his warehouse.
Francisco Moreno, from Barcelona, Spain, sent us this photo of his Alfa 156 2.5 and 164 QV 24V. The latter is planned as a donor for a future project.
Francisco’s 1990 S4 Spider is show here mid restoration.
Ed Prytherch’s 1985 GTV6.
I suspect that a lot of egos have been deflated when drivers of newer cars have found this is the only view they can get of Ed’s rapid GTV6.
Ed’s S spec 3L motor now uses Megasquirt induction and cams from Richard Jemison.
Another view of Ed’s GTV6.
Ed and his GTV6, are no doubt great fun to drive in their South Carolina countryside.
Ed Prytherch’s hot 1979 Spider strikes an aggressive pose. Ed says the Spider is “very NO,” with seats from an ’87 recovered in cloth; bumpers from Euro cars, and an overall Euro look. Head, cams, lightweight clutch, flywheel and modified gearbox are all from Richard Jemison, who certainly knows how to pull power out of these engines. Have you seen Ed’s dyno sheets on AlfaBB?
Ed’s custom interior.
Jonathan Collier’s Ferrari Fly Yellow 1972 GT Junior lives in Marlborough, New Zealand. This eye-catching beauty has a 2-liter motor, lowered suspension, upgraded brakes, aluminum boot and bonnet, and more. He says, “It goes round corners like it is on rails!”
Ian Lomax, from Portland, Oregon, writes that his previous pride and joy was this 1971 Fly Yellow Spider that has now moved on. It has a 2L engine, lowered suspension, LSD, electric fan, and “a bunch of others mods I no longer remember.” His current ride is quite different. See the next photo.
Here’s Ian Lomax’s replacement for the yellow Spider. Created from the fertile mind of Jeff Zurschmeide, Ian’s new ride is a 1974 Berlina that did, at one time, sport these rat-rod flames, plus an authentic Formula 1 spoiler. It looks quite different now. Ian, we need a new picture.
Los Angeles resident Robert Hutt’s 1977 Alfetta sedan and 1987 Milano are shown here.
This is what a real SNOmobile looks like in the dead of winter, as opposed to how they appear in Jerry Quinlisk’s delightful artwork. Thanks to Pekka Rossi, of Finland, for showing us his Alfa 159 sort of.
Ben Musu, from Byron Bay NSW, Australia, sent this shot of his absolutely stunning GTV. He was concerned about the quality of the cell phone picture, but, as you can see, there is nothing to worry about. It looks great.
David Rice, from Cook County, Illinois, knows SNO co-founder Richard Lane through their work … but he joined SNO anyway ( 🙂 Smilely thing indicates humor intended, Richard).
The tidy engine compartment of David’s Spider.
Jesper Rasmussen, from Jutland, Denmark, has some track-day fun with his 1991 Alfa 75 Twinspark.
Another shot of Jesper on the track.
Jesper writes that he has about half of a 75 in the basement and garage. Got to have parts. “Always looking for another” doesn’t just refer to whole Alfas, you know.
This is the 1989 75 (Milano) owned by Jesper Jensen, of Denmark.
Nice shot of Jesper’s motor.
This is Jesper’s 1973 Giulia.
Another view of Jesper’s pretty Giulia. In case you’re wondering about the two Jespers from Denmark, so are we. Both submitted the same photos of the gray Milano. Am I confused or is this an example of Danish humor?
Jon Anderson, from Portland, Oregon, owns this beauty.
I love the color scheme and bumperless look of Jon’s GT.
The interior of Jon’s GT.
Nicely done door panel on Jon Anderson’s GT.
Jon built a storage and luggage area where the back seat used to be in his GT.