Featured Listing – 1969 Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior

1969 Alfa Romeo GT Junior

Update, August 25, 2014: The GT Junior sold to an arch enthusiast and longtime Sports Car Digest reader. Hope you enjoy it!

The name Alfa Romeo evokes so many mental images to the motoring enthusiasts — a heroic Nuvolari at the wheel of a beautiful P3, an 8C making all the right noises through the Italian countryside, or any variation of the devastatingly pretty Tipo 33 muscling through your favorite circuit. Sometimes though, just one of their perfectly proportioned sedans and coupes of the 1960s and ’70s are enough to make one weak at the knees. Thankfully for enthusiasts, there were more than a few to choose from.

Alfa Romeo’s popular formula of offering big performance from a small car was cemented in place long before a lot of us emerged into this world. By the time we were well into the 1960s, the Milan-based marque had earned tremendous success with its Giulietta series that offered the public a sedan, coupe and even a highly attractive convertible variant. With styling from a few of the greatest Italian coachbuilders, Bertone, Pininfarina and even Zagato, it should come as no surprise why these cars were such a design success.

Not to be outshined, the Guilia series that would eventually appear would offer much more in the way of practical motoring with the addition of several, ‘handsomely stodgy’ sedans that would terrorize the streets of Europe with their sports car-like characteristics. The cars that would really strike a chord amongst enthusiastic drivers and racers would be the 105 (later 115) series Guilia 4-seater coupes. These sold alongside the sedans and convertibles in the range, and thanks to the help of Giorgetto Giugiaro, these cars were oozing with style and enough panache to make anybody feel special.

The Guilia series ran its course over a fourteen year period, and fortunately for us, there isn’t a bad choice. Like most things, the earliest examples are always destined to be the most desirable, and it’s no different here. For the first five years of production, these cars were gifted with the funny design element referred to as “Step-Front” or “Step-Nose” amongst the ‘Alfisti’. This was in reference to an obvious, ¼” step from the front edge of the hood to the nose. A meaningless design cue to some, but this along with several other fine details identifies the desirable early cars that were the original, Bertone design recipe.

Fast forward a few years later, and our “Step-Nose” bodywork had changed to something that now had four eyes and several other design elements that had been tweaked. Fortunately, again for us, there was a series of these fine four seater coupes that offered European buyers a break on taxes using a smaller displacement engine. These cars still utilized the fantastic, early 105 series bodywork, but came equipped with some the refinements from the later cars. These cars, especially the examples from 1968-69, are considered to be some of the most mechanically refined of all the “Step-Nose” models.

This brings us to a 1969 Alfa Romeo 1300 GT that’s offered here. This example is described as a driver-quality car and now has been further refined with the use of a 1750cc engine from a later model Alfa. This addition gives the car the necessary power to make keeping up with modern traffic a non-issue, and at the same time, significantly enhancing its usefulness. Along with this, there were several mechanical updates that have been performed to make it a more reliable machine. (See below).

1969 Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior

  • AR 1254680
  • Red on Black Leather
  • 1,750cc engine conversion
  • Weber DCOE 45s – Upgraded from 40s designed for 1,300cc engine
  • Custom, high-capacity aluminum radiator for extra cooling requirements of larger engine
  • Installed electric cooling fan
  • Ignition system converted to electric style
  • Fuel pump converted to electric style

Condition:

  • Exterior: The older repaint shines nicely following a recent quality polishing, but isn’t perfect enough to worry about. Seller describes there being “little to no rust” evident anywhere. If interested, the seller is willing to give a closer breakdown of condition and specific imperfections.
  • Interior: The interior’s condition corresponds with the rest of the car, with a generally consistent feel. The seats look and feel great, the dash does have a crack but outside of this, shows nicely. The headliner is not torn but does have some evidence of staining.
  • Mechanical: This example is described as a great running car, that reacts like one of these cars should. The 1,750cc engine pulls hard, and the transmission shifts smoothly with no strange noises to be heard. Suspension is tight and steering is fantastic. It should come as no surprise that we would probably spend some money on the suspension to correct ride height and give this car the stance is deserves.

Summary:  This little Alfa is a blank canvas for someone who is looking for an inexpensive Italian experience that will only get better with time. It current condition will give the new owner the ability to touch what they feel should be, and change things to their desire. This car will only appreciate with the more attention it’s given, or will provide lots of great moments for somebody that simply wants a healthy driver.

Asking Price: This 1969 Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior is available for $18,000.  For questions, or to schedule an appointment to view the car at its Western North Carolina home, please Click Here If Interested.

 

Comments

  1. Tarcisio Fonseca says:

    Very beautiful!

  2. Anonymous says:

    It certainly is beautiful, sad it’s not original, I had a friend that had one new in ’69 and for a 1300 it flew, however I can fully understand the upgrade and the “mods”, a delightful example for lovely weekend drives to nowhere special ???? oh and I’m not sure what you mean about ride height?? It looks fine in these photos, where is it and how much? ????

  3. Jack Newton says:

    Great looking Alfa that should fly off the shelves at that price. If I only had the garage space!

  4. Big mistake to substitute the engine: 1300 was and should have been kept as an original. From the outside the car is wonderful, but what a mistake!!

  5. Martin Horrocks says:

    Why all the fuss about swapping the 1300? These cars were designed and launched with 1600cc and its just a change in capacity, character, no metal-cutting/extra weight etc. The 1300 was an Italian tax break model which sold in relative volume on price, which is why so many survive and why they get converted. Upgrade the car but keep the 1300 as well is the ideal way to do it.

    The 1300 engine may be wonderful but for other than an early morning fun run, the torque of the bigger units outweighs the revs, especially for 2 up touring with luggage etc.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well…1300 is not a 1600 for sure, but not at all a 1750!! Last but not least, the Junior 1300 was a pretty young car and less espensive ( not so much actually). Was conceived for youngsters: this is my point against a change on factory specs!!

  6. You couldn’t make one at this price out of an acre-lot full of parts cars. It looks like you could have an enormous amount of fun with this car, as it reads like it would be a great “driver.” Okay, so the Alfistis might get their noses out of joint when you show up at a meet, grinning ear-to-ear. They can all go paint their cars Invidia Verde.

  7. Harry C. Hart says:

    Enough B.S. If this car is for sale at 18 K I’ll write a check that wont bounce

  8. Chas. Hersch says:

    I am interested in your Alfa. Would you be interested in a trade involving a 914 Porsche race car ?

  9. Harry C. Hart says:

    Discussion can end now, the car has been sold ….It will be coming back to southern California …..Now I will have the proper amount of Italian cars in my garage. a new Ghibli, a 1951 Siata, and the Alfa……Oh yes, also a VW to insure that I can get to the grocery store and home again.

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