Lot 67 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £23,625
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: AMJ422F
Chassis No: AR1290470
- Self-evidently benefited from a restoration and repaint
- Part of a private Alfa Romeo collection
- Offered with a collection of invoices and imported from South Africa in 2016
Though one of his first major projects, the Bertone-penned Alfa Romeo 105 Series Coupe has a simple grace that is as admired today as when it first appeared in 1963. When coupled with the 1.6-litre Super version of the company's ubiquitous all-alloy, DOHC, four-cylinder engine, the result was a performance car capable of shaming many sporting two-seaters of the period. The specification was straightforward - a two-door, three-box, lightweight (2,050 lbs) body powered by a front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels. The suspension was independent at the front and braking was by servo-assisted discs all-round. A slick five-speed manual gearbox ensured optimum performance and added to driver satisfaction. The GT Junior variants began with the 1300 of 1965. It was designed as an entry level model for those that wished to enjoy the cachet of an Alfa Coupe without suffering the fiscal penalties that often came with the bigger-engined versions. It was based on the Giulia Sprint GT but featured a simplified interior. This Junior theme was developed over some 12 years, and from 1972 included the addition of a 1600cc-engined model that was specifically created to fill the gap that had emerged between the Junior 1600 and the now 2000cc-engined GTV.
The very tidy righthand drive `step front' Junior on offer was purchased in South Africa by the vendor, who has a house there. Part of a private Alfa Romeo Collection, it has self-evidently benefited from a restoration and repaint and more recent brake overhaul. Moreover, along the way the original 1300cc engine has been supplanted by a later 1600cc unit and the vendor currently regards the Alfa's bodywork, Red Paintwork, Black interior trim, twin-cam engine and five-speed manual gearbox as all being in `excellent' condition. `AMJ 422F' is now offered complete with a collection of related invoices.