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- Recently subject to a comprehensive rotisserie restoration lasting three years
- Refinished bodywork, reupholstered interior and rebuilt mechanicals
- 1600cc twin-cam with Weber 40 DCOE carburettors mated to a five-speed gearbox
With its gorgeous ‘stepnose’ styling penned by a young Giougetto Giugiaro, Alfa’s inimitable alloy twin-cam under the bonnet and a thoroughly modern five-speed gearbox, the GT Junior 1600 was an incredibly accomplished little car.
Having been subject to a three year rotisserie restoration, this 1966 example is now in impeccable condition. Once you’ve got behind the wheel of a 105 Series Alfa Romeo, their esoteric charm quickly works its way under your skin and you start to wonder why you hadn’t bought one sooner.
As this particular example is in such fine order, what better time than the present to put a classic Alfa in your garage?
The History and Paperwork
- Recently completed a three year restoration programme
- Photographic record of the restoration
- Right-hand drive South African car
- Expertly retrimmed in soft Nappa leather
- Everything is either restored or new so there is little to no wear evident
- Retro-styled DIN DAB stereo
- Refurbished instruments
Television’s James May once compared Alfa Romeo interiors to sitting in a Milanese coffee bar and we think that’s a very apt description. They’re a gorgeous place to be and this one is made all the better by the new Nappa leather upholstery.
Just about everywhere you look, you can see evidence of high quality restoration work. The dashboard top has been reupholstered and the veneer fascia is in lovely condition. The instrumentation has been reconditioned so presents well and reportedly functions perfectly.
We note a retro-styled DAB radio is now fitted which is in-keeping with the ‘60s aesthetic and Pioneer speakers have been discreetly let into the rear parcel shelf.
The seats have been retrimmed in soft Nappa leather to the original specification and are immensely comfortable. The carpeting looks to be in fantastic shape and there’s little wear to it, or indeed the controls. The headlining is correctly affixed and free from any blemishes so far as we could see.
- Repainted in Bianco Spino white following extensive bodywork restoration
- Widened original rims
- Taken back to bare metal and repaired on a rotisserie
During the restoration process that lasted about three years in total, this Alfa Romeo was blasted back to a bare shell before being mounted on a rotisserie and repaired where necessary. This means that the finished car boats exceedingly smart bodywork, with not a hint of corrosion left anywhere.
The white paintwork is understated and prompts you to consider the finer details of that elegant Giugiario styling. The paint finish looks to be exceedingly fine, the crisp swage lines evidencing that the bodywork underneath is really sound.
All of the chrome trim looks to be in fantastic order and the same goes for the glass and light lenses.
We’re informed that it sits upon widened versions of the original rims which are shod with Pirelli tyres and it’s nice to see that this car still wears its period correct hubcaps.
This is an incredibly smart example, the likes of which one doesn’t see very often.
- Period correct, rebuilt 1.6-litre DOHC inline four
- Refurbished Five-speed gearbox and prop shaft
- Rebuilt differential
- New wiring harness
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how advanced the 105 Series coupé was in 1966. In an era when many similar cars didn’t even have a single overhead camshaft, the Alfa had two of them in its all alloy Nord engine. If that wasn't enough, they also had a five-speed gearbox, which was something almost unheard of in anything other than the fully fledged GT cars of the day.
The result was predictably spectacular and if you’ve driven one of these Alfas, you’re struck by how perfectly balanced and poised they are, like a miniature ‘60s supercar. The 1.6-litre engine in particular thrives on revs and the low gearing makes this a car you can top out in every gear.
For the restoration of this GT Junior, the vendor informs us a period-correct 1.6-litre twin-cam was rebuilt with new pistons, sleeves and bearings. It’s fed by a pair of the iconic 40 DCOE Weber carburettors which function really well. The gearbox was apparently refurbished and the prop shaft was fitted with new couplings. The differential too was rebuilt with new shims and bearings so puts the power down well as a result.
We’re informed the suspension has been powder coated so when you look under this car, it’s as well presented as on top. Finally, a new wiring harness was sourced from UK based specialists Classic Alfa so now the electrical system works exactly as it should.
We love Alfa Romeos of this vintage as they’re such rewarding cars to drive with the added benefit that they’re fantastic to look at. This is a wonderful restored example that is ready to use and enjoy.
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