Lot 257 - 1974 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior

Lot 257 - 1974 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior

Lot 257 - 1974 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior

Lot Number 257
Chassis Number AR 2205708
Engine Number AR.00536.25722
Odometer reading 39,000 miles
Estimate £15,000 - £19,000
Result Sold - £15,680

The Alfa Romeo 1600GT Junior was introduced in 1972 to plug the gap between the GT1300 Junior and the larger-engined 2000 GTV. In the UK righthand drive market, the 1300GT Junior was dropped but in many other markets, the two models were available as a range. The engine was substantially the same as that of the Giulia Sprint GTV discontinued four years previously and had the same engine type number. The final drive ratio was again 9/41 as standard on all 105 Series coupés with the 1290cc and 1570cc engine. From 1974 on, the 1300GT Junior and 1600GT Junior were rationalised into a common range of models with the 2000 GTV and were rebadged as 1.3 GT Junior and 1.6 GT Junior, sharing most of the interior and exterior features with the larger-engined car. The only exterior differences were no bumper over-riders, lack of C-pillar green serpent badges, small rear light clusters same as pre-'74 Juniors and GT1300 Junior or GT1600 Junior badge on the boot. Apart from the engine size, the only mechanical differences were: smaller front brakes, as the Juniors had not adopted the larger units fitted to the 1750 GTV and 2000 GTV and from 1968 on, differential ratios.
 
Built 26th October 1972, this exquisite first series, original righthand drive 1600GT Junior is a three owner car delivered new to Cyprus in the extremely rare indigo grey colour that it wears today with black Tex interior. The dry climate of Cyprus has treated this little Alfa well, the result of which is an Alfa Romeo that, as unbelievable as it may seem, we are assured is almost entirely original - with only minimal signs of welding in the passenger footwell and spare wheel well. When purchased by its second owner in 2011, the car was subject to a sympathetic restoration. As a result, the car benefits from having had a complete respray, along with the interior recovered and headlining replaced, to retain the overall superb quality of the car. The brightwork was replaced and the mechanicals also received an overhaul with the engine receiving new piston rings and big end bearings. Imported about three years ago to the UK, this rare 1600GT has been in a private collection since, all taxes and duties have been paid and it will have UK registration and MoT test certificate by the time of the sale. This is an opportunity to purchase a rare rust free, righthand drive 1600 Junior which is ready to be used and enjoyed.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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