REVIEW: Norev 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV •

REVIEW: Norev 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV

I have always had a soft spot for classic Alfas. The 2000 is no exception. When Norev announced this a while back, I knew I would need to have one (or a few).  This is one of Norev’s latest releases. This is a limited edition of 1000, however, more colour combos and variants (1750) are on their way this year.

So, the model. Well, it’s fantastic. The colour looks much nicer in person than in photos. I was initially hesitant to order it because I didn’t like the colour, but it grew on me.  The colour is called “Verde Oliva Metallizzato (Olive Green Metallic).  The paintwork is absolutely flawless. The exterior as a whole is brilliant. The body lines are well-sculpted. The panel gaps are quite tight.

The trim/chrome work is unbelievably good for the price point. The front section (grille, headlights, bumper) in particular looks fantastic.

The wheels are very nice. The rear emblem is photo-etched. Side windows are present, which is a nice improvement over the older Autoart releases. Overall, I don’t have a single complaint about the exterior.

The engine bay is not great. It’s just a plate. Nothing really to see under there. It could probably be improved upon in the future.  The trunk also opens. Not much more to say there.

The interior is okay. Flocking is present. I do like the colour of the seats. However, the steering wheel isn’t great, and the center logo is wrong.

Overall, I think this is a brilliant model. It has its drawbacks (engine bay, steering wheel), however, the exterior makes up for it. It’s glorious.  For the retail price of approximately 85 Euros, it’s a ridiculously nice model. I plan on adding more colours/variants as they are released. I think this is an incredible addition to any collection, and for the price, you truly can’t go wrong.

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11 Responses to "REVIEW: Norev 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV"

  1. DS Team says:

    Thank you for contributing to the website sir! This model looks like a massive value from Norev. Once again, they are cementing themselves as the best of budget-friendly brands!!

  2. Vitaliy D says:

    This model seems to be at the level of ACME/GMP, but with better shutlines/gaps and with side windows present. Very good! If Norev continues to produce more full-opening models like this, it will be high success!

    • AJ says:

      i would’t compare this to ACME or GMP, their models are garbage… Norev’s stuff is way better quality.

      • Hemi Tim says:

        ACME/GMP has some issues with quality control, however the models itself are often far from being garbage and exceed where this Norev Alfa falls short: details.

  3. Bart V says:

    Thanks for this great review and lovely pics! I’m very much thinking about getting one of these. I prefer the green version to the newly released red one without any doubt.
    In fact the steering wheel logo is correct for this car in design/color, albeit too large; the black surrounding should be larger with a smaller center logo. What bugs me more is the somewhat shabby edges of the spokes. Nothing that can’t be changed though, as is the detailing of the engine bay. A few cables there should make a big change.

    • 18ScalePhotography says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the review!

      When this colour was first released, I was planning on skipping it and waiting for red. However, it grew on me the more I saw it. Glad I went for the green, as it is a much nicer colour than the red. Stunning in person.

      The steering wheel spokes are certainly an easy fix. I figure sand them and paint them, probably with a silver/chrome pen. Engine detail is also an easy fix.

      If you are still deciding whether or not you should get one. Take my advice. Buy one while you still can. This green colour seems to be somewhat difficult to locate already!

  4. Peter says:

    I was really looking forward to this one. I wish I warmed up to the color earlier because the early pictures were awful and now it seems like the most interesing color, but I also have mixed feelings… I don’t mind the moulded plate under the hood as Autoart’s 1750 isn’t cutting edge in the engine department either… but the interior is a letdown. I don’t understand it. Norev has proven many times before they are capable of doing it right, what’s the point of releasing an opening model if the interior is half-baked?

    • 18ScalePhotography says:

      I also disliked the colour when it was initially released, but after seeing more and more pictures I realized it would be nicer in person, which it is. In the right lighting conditions, it looks absolutely unbelievable.

      I agree with you regarding the interior. It’s a letdown. The steering wheel is dreadful, and the wood trim on the dash is horrible. The lack of sill plates also annoyed me, however, I am currently working on a set of 3D printed sill plates.

      I personally bought this model mainly for the exterior, so I probably would’ve bought it even if it were sealed, so any detail to me is a bonus. Although I really do think Norev is capable of doing better, as they have shown with other previous releases.

      • Peter says:

        Haha, your review actually pushed me to look it up again, but it seems they’ve sold out quickly almost everywhere. Red or ochre it is then ;)

        Regarding the interior, that’s what I dislike about Norev – lack of consistency. And it doesn’t have anything to do with the price brackets. I’ve just received an older, sealed Norev model with a beutifully sculpted steering wheel for around half of that Alfa’s retail price. I used to think they put less effort into the sealed ones, but I don’t know anything at this point. The ‘wood trim’ on a vast, flat surface in that Alfa is just a smear of brown paint, but R129 gets a wood veneer sticker even if most of it is then covered by a set of buttons. I don’t get it.

  5. Giorgio262 says:

    The only reason I didnìt buy it is because I already have an Autoart, but I do like the colour, I think there was an Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina form the 70’s in this colour in my area. This metallic shade certainly makes the edges of the design of this coupè pop. Too bad for the shallow plate under the bonnet, but with a bit of work it can be made a bit more interesting. Same goes for the interior.

  6. Jack says:

    I purchased this model firstly as a Alfa Romeo fan, secondly as it’s a 105 series and thirdly the colour, I’m a huge fan of most shades of metallic green and this looked amazing from the initial Norev images, to me it didn’t disappoint particularly given the unbelievable price point, yes the engine lacks detail (I added my own an not award winning for sure) but overall this is an incredible model. I photographed it with my AUTOart 1750 and Minichamps GTA and it sits proudly amongst them. Well done Norev.

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