This Alfa Junior Is Breaking My Concentration

Just when I’m making some real progress on my Fulvia search, along comes this Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior to distract me.

It had a full restoration in the late 1990’s but is still looking remarkably good – and it’d want to given the $23,000 price tag.

The 1300 engine has been replaced with a 2-litre Alfa engine for some extra oomph. There’s a number of electrical and mechanical upgrades to go with that, too. The original 1300 engine is available to come with the car.

I’ve long had a Bertone coupe on my automotive bucket list but I was thinking more of a genuine 1750 or 2000. I love the single-light simplicity on the front of the Junior, though, and with a 2000 engine slotted in (check the clean engine bay!!), this car might just be the best of both worlds.

I’ve got two Australian Fulvias in sight right now and I’m going to continue chasing those for the moment. If they don’t lead to a conclusion in the near-medium term, however, then this Alfa looks mighty, mighty tempting. It’s certainly putting me off the trouble and complexity of bringing a Fulvia here from the UK.

So many cars. So little time (space, money, etc)….

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16 Comments

  1. Neat ride!

    Only comment is with the bigger engine. How much heavier is the “new” engine than the original 1300?

    How will the extra weight affect the front/rear balance or handling? Realizing you want whatever Alfa catches your fancy, the”new” wheels will be used for fun on twisty roads and/or track days.

    Just something to consider.

    1. The difference would be negligible, I think. Both around the same size.

      The 1300 was originally 930kg and the GTV2000 around 1050kg. My guess is that the weight difference had as much to do with other mechanicals and interior trim as it might have had with the engine. I’d imagine this car would weigh somewhere in between.

      Wheels are definitely a change from standard, but then I’ve never driven a standard 105 coupe so I wouldn’t know the difference anyway 🙂

  2. Hi Steve, I had 1300 GT Junior, Purchased on export scheme 1971. Delivered in London, could have collected in Italy, Kept for twelve months on export plates, no taxes, sent back to Australia. Brother bought from me for the price I paid, still cheaper than new here. Approx
    $2,800.00
    Sweet drive, wonderful gear box, delight to go up and down the ratios, only problems, twin Webers easily off song, brake master cylinder seized in Greece, repaired in Rome, rusted easily , small scratch near petrol cap become large rust area within twelve months. Perhaps combination of poor metal, paint and road conditions in England and Europe.

  3. $8800 buys a nice example in Hawthorn. Take off the bumpers, put on some decent wheels and it will look very nice. And it also has the 1998cc upgrade engine. Worth a look, and it is under 10K.
    hmmm.

    1. Yeah, I noticed that one when I checked my bookmarks today. It has the added bonus of being made in the year I was born and I’ve always wanted a car from my birth year.

      That dappled photography must be hiding something, I reckon…..

  4. “I love the single-light simplicity on the front of the Junior”

    Yes. This car is a honey. I think those (steel?) rims are very smart and tasteful.

    Is the 2L Alfa engine a more modern unit? If so I would guess you are trading under-the-bonnet authenticity for reliability and liveability, and I think that is a good trade-off, given nobody can see it anyway.

    1. The two-litre engine would be the one out of the GTV that was made around the same time. 1998cc’s. Alfa made 1300, 1600, 1750 versions and what’s referred to as the 2000, too.

      So there’s a little loss of authenticity as this is not the engine for that car, but it is an engine from that same period.

  5. Although not as rare as the Fulvia, much more desireable and better looking IMO. And don’t they look even better without the bumpers? If you’re happy with the engine conversion and related systems like the suspension, I would go for it. But make sure you get the original engine in the deal…. you may never know.

  6. I’d buy it (assuming it wasn’t over priced) for one reason only, and that’s there’s bound to be more Alfa’s in your part of the world that you can get spare parts from.

  7. Wouldn’t be a desirable Alfa Romeo if it wasn’t red! Love it! Just watch out with the engine modification……make sure it has an engineers certificate. Great car, must say the red paint and beautiful finish make it more desirable than the Fulvia’s!

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