<B>1970 ALFA ROMEO GTA 1300 JUNIOR</b>

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Lot 49
1970 ALFA ROMEO GTA 1300 JUNIOR

Sold for US$ 255,750 inc. premium
1970 ALFA ROMEO GTA 1300 JUNIOR
Coachwork by Bertone

Chassis no. AR775979

1,290cc DOHC 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Weber Carburetors
Approximately 180bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Rare and desirable GTA sports racer
*Former racing car, now restored to semi-race specifications
*Offered with extensive documentation
*One of the rarest Postwar Alfa Romeos



THE ALFA ROMEO GTA

Based on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupé, the GTA was first developed for production GT racing in 1965 by Autodelta, the Alfa Romeo factory's motorsport department, which continued to offer it in both "Corsa" (race) and "Stradale" (street) versions until 1975. The "A" in the badge means "alleggerita" (lightened) and reflects the measures taken to trim the Giulia for competition, which, for Corsa models, included body panels of aluminum alloy, plexiglas side and rear windows, and numerous elements crafted from lightweight steel, magnesium and other weight-saving materials (the Stradale model, however, lacked a number of these pound-shedding strategies). The car was an immediate success, winning both the drivers' and constructors' title in its first season, only to go on to take the European GT Championship a resounding seven years in a row.

The GTA made its racing debut on March 20th, 1966 at Monza, Andrea de Adamich and Teodoro Zeccoli triumphing in the Jolly Club Four-Hour Race. From then on, the Autodelta-prepared GTAs enjoyed outstanding success, winning the European Touring Car Championship three years running from 1966-68.

In 1968, in response to the popularity of the under-1300cc racing class, Autodelta began production of the GTA 1300 Junior. The Championships of the 1,300cc class had long been dominated by the Mini Cooper, but that would all change in 1968 with the arrival of the GTA 1300 Junior, the latter for the next few years enjoying a similar winning streak to that of the Mini in the early '60s. Unique to the model, the GTA 1300 Juniors were powered by a short-stroke 1290cc version of the Giulia's 1570cc inline four with the 78mm bore and a 67.5mm stroke crankshaft. Equipped with the GTA's twin-plug 'head and revving to more than 9,000rpm, this little gem of an engine produced 150bhp plus. A little over 400 GTA 1300 Juniors (all in either red and white or white and green livery) had been constructed when production ceased in 1975, but marque experts believe that no more than half this number exist today, surely putting this car by definition among the rarest of the all post-war Alfa Romeo models.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This rare and beautifully presented GTA Junior started life in 1970, when it was delivered from Alfa Romeo in Milano to Mr. Hans-Jörg Nisslmüller of Linz, Austria and registered in July 1970. As a racing enthusiast, the GTA was the perfect choice for Mr. Nisslmüller, who almost immediately entered the Alfa into several races around Austria. The GTA's extensive period documentation indicates that the car was raced in the Austrian national championship by Scuderia Nisslmüller, with Josef "Pepi" Pammer behind the wheel. In its last test before the start of the season, the Alfa Romeo was entered in the Mühllackner Hillclimb in March of 1973 where the GTA finished 4th and 5th during the two races. The Nisslmüller team would go on to race at various tracks such as Salzburg-ring, Österrichring and the Innsbruck airfield. Two folders with letters, photos, newsletter articles and many other period documents accompany the GTA, and carefully document the car's early history. After a successful racing career for the better part of a decade, the GTA relocated to Vienna, Austria, and later Belgium, where it was purchased by the consignor.

Presented here in the striking red and white livery, this rare Bertone-designed GTA looks just right. In recent years, the car has been subject to a restoration and engine refurbishment, the interior also refurbished and fitted with dark competition seats and a black OMP roll cage.

As you would expect from one of the most well-known weekend racers of the 1960s and 1970s, this GTA is dually set up for both race and street use. A close-ratio transmission ensures that the driver can shift smoothly and quick in order to keep the high-revving GTA engine on its cams. Surely a worthy competitor for historic racing, rally or club tours, the Alfa is accompanied with an extra set of wheels and tires, and the aforementioned extensive history file, which includes original period racing photos, newspaper articles, engineering drawings of the engine setup, the original log book, and registration cards containing ownership information from new until 1979. A great GTA indeed!

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