Posted5 October 2022, 10:00
ScarcityA Swiss expands his collection with the ultimate Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA
Alfa Romeo only produced 500 of the Giulia GTA and GTAm, of which 72 ended up in Switzerland. The latest Giulia GTA recently passed into the hands of entrepreneur Edmond Steiger. 20 minutes was part of the delivery.
Edmond Steiger has always been fascinated by Italian cars and in particular by Alfa Romeos. The first car he bought with his savings in the 1980s after his apprenticeship was an Alfa Romeo GTV. “Even today, the GTV is one of my favourites, although there has always been something to tinker with on it”, declares this enthusiast, even if other precious models have since joined his first car to form a small collection in his garage.
From Alfa Romeo to Ferrari
As a collector, he has already owned, among other things, an Alfa Romeo 75 QV, a 156 Selespeed, a 1750 GT Bertone, an 8C Coupé and an 8C Spider – as well as one or the other Ferrari. “My absolute favorite is an Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce from Bertone, a model I wouldn’t part with for anything in the world. I put my heart into it and put in long hours of work on the weekends. About Ferrari, he adds, smiling: “It comes full circle with Alfa Romeo, because Enzo Ferrari was originally racing director at Alfa Romeo.”
Last highlight of his collection
Ferrari’s know-how can also be found in the latest Alfa Romeo, a red GTAm, recently received by Edmond Steiger on the Alfa Romeo test circuit in Balocco, near Turin. Like about three-quarters of GTA customers, he opted for the even sportier m version. The Italian is already captivating when stationary, with its all-carbon fiber envelope, huge rear spoiler and sporty line. A glance inside makes it instantly clear that it is in its element on the circuit. The back seat has been replaced by a race car cage, sports seats and harnesses. Cut for the track, the engine develops a power of 540 hp and is also one of the best in terms of noise, as confirmed by the mechanical enthusiast after a few laps of the track.
The last won’t be the last
The fact that the last Swiss GTA went to Edmond Steiger was pure luck and not at all planned. “I didn’t decide right away, but relatively late for this car. But at the end of this day, I can say that I made the right decision”, he declares. And that’s how the latest GTA now ends up in his collection – even if it won’t be his ultimate Alfa Romeo.