An Alfa Romeo GT Junior has marketed for £50,000, smashing the auction entire world report for this product.
The fashionable typical coupe, initially exported to Australia in 1971, attracted 261 bids throughout a seven-working day on the web sale.
The document price is further evidence of a robust collector vehicle market, which has so considerably resisted the creeping Covid malaise. On the net auctions in certain are booming, as our job interview with Car or truck & Typical CEO Tom Wood discovered last thirty day period.
More affordable thrills
Ironically, the GT Junior was conceived as a more affordable route into Alfa Romeo possession. Introduced in 1965, it traded the 109hp 1.6-litre engine of the Giulia Dash Veloce for a 90hp 1.3 with twin carbs and twin cams.
It was significantly well-known in Italy, exactly where the tax regime penalised greater engines (hence other ‘downsized’ classics, such as the Ferrari 208 GTB).
Effectiveness was continuous (-60mph in 12.6 seconds), but the GT Junior’s gutsy willingness to rev – coupled with a sweet gearshift and well balanced, rear-driven chassis – produced it incredibly engaging to travel. You will be outgunned by a relatives-spec Ford Focus, but who cares?
Style of Italy
Then there is how the GT Junior seems: pert, fairly and brimful of Italian brio. Frankly, it could drive like a Routemaster bus and we’d however want one.
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The most unique characteristic of early 105-collection coupes was the scalino ‘step front’, where by the primary edge of the bonnet sits 10mm very pleased of the bodywork. Later on cars and trucks, these types of as this one particular, have a flush front conclusion.
Flared wheelarches, a flowing roofline and a chopped Kamm tail also hint at refined sportiness, whilst the time period-glance 15-inch Alfaholics alloys fitted right here are just magnificent.
Better than new
Other modifications for this specific GT Junior incorporate fitment of the 1,750cc engine (employed in the regular GT Veloce from 1967) with new Weber carbs, Pipercross filters and electronic ignition.
The uprated suspension takes advantage of Koni dampers and 40mm reducing springs, and the brakes have been bolstered with a twin-circuit harmony box.
The automobile is otherwise standard, but restored to in close proximity to-concours problem. Following a bare-shell respray with Glasurit paints, each individual chrome component has been re-plated or changed, with each rubber seal also new. Secure to say, this Alfa Romeo is smarter than when it still left the factory (and surely fewer probable to rust).
The GT Junior has prompted a stir among the Alfisti (Alfa Romeo’s fanatical supporters) and far exceeded Hagerty’s sector benefit for a similar product in ideal problem, which stands at £30,900.
It also amazed Chris Pollitt, head of editorial at Motor vehicle & Typical. “I’ve hardly ever observed a restoration that had been carried out with these care and remarkable notice to detail,” he reported.
“Going up and down the nation to photograph automobiles for our auction platform implies I get to see some remarkable motor vehicles. Nevertheless, this Alfa Romeo stays firmly at the major of the listing.”