1972 ALFA ROMEO GTA 1300 JUNIOR AUTODELTA COUPE
Chassis No. AR1055977606
Engine No. AR0055905392
Engine: four cylinder twin overhead camshaft, 1290cc, 160bhp at 7800rpm; gearbox: manual five-speed with syncromesh; suspension: independent front by coil springs and wishbones, lightweight live rear axle with coil springs, trailing arms and triangular frame; brakes: four-wheel vacuum servo assisted disc. Left hand drive.
For nearly 40 years, many of the worlds outstanding classic sports car designs have flowed from the drawing board of Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design. One of the most fluent, indeed a true post-war classic, was the Alfa Romeo GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) Coupe of 1967, designed during his time at Bertone, the great Italian styling house. Evolved as a sports version of the four-seater Giulia saloon, the GTV remained in production for 11 years from 1965. Under the shapely shell was a superb four-cylinder, twin overhead, camshaft engine, offered in sizes ranging from 1.3 to 2.0 litres, mated to a crisp five-speed gearbox. Very much a drivers car, the GTV handled like the thoroughbred it was, helped by well engineered front suspension and a positively-located lightweight live rear axle.
By the time the GTV was introduced, Alfa Romeo were deeply involved in sports-car and GT racing with their Autodelta team under the management of one-time Ferrari protagonist Ing. Carlo Chitti. With the arrival of the new model, it was time to campaign cars closely related to the production models and the GTA ("Allegerita" is Italian for lightened) made its bow. A batch of some 450 1300 Junior GTAs were manufactured in either street or pure race trim. Overall design was not greatly altered, although the front suspension could be adjusted to fine tune the racing handling, but the car was also simplified, leaving it almost 700lb lighter than standard. Autodelta had already transformed the willing engines. The basic GTV Junior was good for 69bhp and with that was pretty lively. A GTA Junior gave an impressive 96bhp; Autodelta's miracle men extracted 160bhp. GTA Juniors joined their bigger sisters in races and rallies, lifting that outside front wheel during spirited cornering in a manner unique to the breed. The European Touring Car Champions were GTAs three times from 1966, and the Junior was the car to beat in its class.
This competition version of the GTA junior was prepared by Autodelta for a privateer owner to drive in the 1972 and 1973 Monte Carlo Rallies. It is described as having the full alloy bodywork with rivetted wing flares and a roll cage. After its Monte Carlo adventures it was shipped out to the USA, where it went into storage. An original Halda Speedpilot is still fitted. The car is described as being in superb mechanical and cosmetic condition and has approximatley 55,000km on the speedometer. It was used successfuly in the Tour de France historic event in 1997. Only two hundred Autodelta GTA Junior 1300 racers were built and many were heavily modified for competition work. This example represents an exceptional opportunity to acquire a low mileage, original example of a significant Historic sports-racing car to correct specification. It is provided with full FIA papers, copies of the Homologation form and documentaition is from its Monte Carlo Rally days.