1972 ALFA ROMEO GT JUNIOR
The Alfa Romeo 105/115 series Coupés were built from 1963 until 1977. They were the successors to the celebrated Giulietta Sprint Coupé and used the shortened floor pan from the Giulia saloon. The basic body shape, shared by all models, was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone. It was one of his first major projects for Bertone and is often regarded as one of his finest commercial projects. The balance of glass and metal, the influence of the shape of the front and rear glass on the shape of the cabin, and the flat grille with incorporated headlamps were all considered ground-breaking styling features for the era.
Often considered as one of the best looking and handling classic saloon cars with its five-speed gearbox, all round disc brakes, independent suspension and torquey engine they were very advanced for the time and have the capability to embarrass many of their modern counterparts.
Built in 1972, this original RHD, GT Junior 1600 was first delivered on the 12th of February that year to Kempton Park, South Africa. Many years later, in 2005, this Alfa was imported to the UK via Holland having spent most of its life in the warm dry South African climate.
The car has clearly been well maintained which is reflected in the extensive history file that not only includes past invoices but also hand written notes by previous owners in the accompanying workshop manual. The car was repainted at some stage in dramatic 'Giallo Prototipo' which still looks great to this day with only negligible imperfections visible, the interior is in excellent shape and the engine bay is very tidy.
Originally a 1600cc, the car has been fitted some time ago with an uprated 1750cc Alfa Romeo Nord Twin Cam engine, often regarded as the most torquey and finest driving engines in the Alfa Romeo Twin Cam range. Having driven many of these cars this consigner is inclined to agree!
Amongst other notable features on this car are the original and very sought after 'Hellebore' steering wheel and the fitment of twin Weber carburetors.
The 105 Series Alfa Romeos are some of the best looking and driving classics you can acquire for a modest outlay at the moment, and this example fits the bill perfectly. Driving a seventies Alfa is fun, and driving a little Sunshine Yellow, GT Junior must be particularly so. I can't think of a better way to brighten up your day!