Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1600 Bertone

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With this weather we don't keep to the seasons. But we don't see the average Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1600 Bertone scrubbing through rain, snow and later brine. So we dream away for a moment and think back to the last beautiful late summer days and this car that arrived at that moment and is now safely and dry waiting for a new owner at Retrolegends in Valkenswaard.

Affordable class

Such an Alfa-Romeo GT Junior 1600 Bertone is a textbook example of still reasonably affordable Italian design, despite the fact that many of us do not have € 39.900 to spend with the holidays ahead. No matter how nice it is that the price remains below € 40.000.

A timeless beauty

This slender beauty was the coupé model in the famous Giulia series. With the Giulia series, Alfa Romeo delivered the best driver's cars in history. With the GT Junior versions, Alfa Romeo brought simpler equipped versions to the market. Until recently, these models were less popular than the luxury 1750 GTV and the 2000 GTV. But in the meantime they score with their 'less is more' feeling.

Of course, you can be completely blown away by Dolly Parton and chrome grinning Yank tanks. But - to use a Germanism - 'in the limitation one recognizes the hand of the master'. Giugiaro has succeeded in sketching a beautiful, elegant compact coupé with few lines and beautiful curves.

Wonderful, dynamic cars with a unique character

These Alfas immediately touched people's hearts. They looked fantastic, sounded fantastic and they were wonderful cars to drive dynamically. They also sold well. And the numbers produced now ensure that there are still copies. Beautiful copies. Because where a respectfully treated Alfa block is as reliable as banks were once called - if the driver gives the six-liter engine oil the chance to calmly warm up before the gas goes on - the sheet metal suffered seriously from the gnawing of rustworms, something that was incidentally the case with many cars from that time. Only Alfa's own Sudjes set completely new standards in that area.

But to come back to the technology for a moment: there are really only the water pump and the engine mounts to focus on. If the car doesn't smoke and if the distribution doesn't rattle, you're well on your way.

Rust worms and window rubbers

The attachment of the stabilizer bar to the front crossbar is very sensitive to rust. The jack stands are weak points, the whole bottom must be viewed carefully. The sills like to rust, but they are quite easy to replace. Where you draw the chance card is at the hollow space in the A column. For the rest it is advisable to check all parts for rust and do not forget a spatula to look under the (window) rubbers. Also check the tightness of the welds and take a magnet with you to check the car for excessive make up with filler.

Cheap is expensive, definitely go

If you purchase such an Alfa from a renowned classic company such as Retrolegends, then of course that has its price tag, but then you can assume that you will not be confronted with all the ifs and buts that you can encounter as buyers on the free market. . The investment in a beautiful and good copy pays off. Because the price? You forget it while the fun remains.

Also read:
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA. The 1965 original
- Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0 is quite a man
- Driving the Alfa Romeo Alfasud 1.5 Super. Pure fascination.
- Alfa Romeo Dauphine, just like a Renault
- Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint | 1964


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  1. Never had oil or water pump problems! Even 1: 11,5 driving r. Italy with 2L block in Spider “68. Rust problems ditto; just be kind to your love. And 6 times as expensive S-classes that also rusted at the time…. and I have had a lot of Alfa's, Mercedes too

  2. Hello,

    My story begins in 2014 when I bought my Alfa GT 1600 from 1975 through the platform Kapaza (after a few months of searching for a good unit. I found the car in Belgium from 2 friends buying no and then a car to restore for fun ( but having to many in stock).
    After parking about 3 years in my garage, I started with restoring all components I disassembled, the past 12 month I reworked the chassis (body off), since it is the first time I do this I am proud of the result so far.
    I painted the car in my garage in the original (verde muschio chiaro) and is ready to start assembly.
    Welcome if you want to get a feel and / or picture if worth a story 🙂

    Next week I will start with assembly, hope it reaches the result shown in your article.

  3. In 1985 I bought a somewhat damaged 1300 GT junior: a car behind had forgotten to brake in time for Humphrey, which caused a considerably deformed bottom. The sheet metal of a ten-year-old car is nowadays usually still in excellent condition, at the time, a car of this age was often a bit 'crumbly'. Similarly this copy. The 1300 engine had also had its day, it was filling up with oil and checking petrol…. Fortunately the interior was still in a beautiful condition and I bought this copy for the staggering amount of 750 guilders. This Alfa was going to keep me off the road for a while! Now, 35 years later, my Bertje is still in my possession, has now been restored twice and equipped with a fine 1750 engine. Never leaves!

  4. Beautiful cars, great sound. Bought an “old” 1600 GT Sprint from 1966 in 1977. I believe it was driven for 2 years, then the hole in the 4th cylinder piston blew through a stuck valve in the vacuum servo and the 4th cylinder was vacuumed…. Has been in storage with family for years, after 8 years was able to rent a garage box in H'sum and brought the Alfa back from Friesland. Yes, just drove gewoon In that box partially disassembled, but there was not even electricity. Rented part of a farm in old Huizen, brought there and further dismantled. Had new front fenders and cylinder liners and pistons etc., but now lived in Almere. Unfortunately, every lost hour was just enough to drive back and forth, after too many dreams about the rental, unfortunately sold in 1988.
    Too bad, what a cool car that was (now completely expensive). Later I had a Giulia Nuova Super (1300) and a more modern 155. That wasn't it for me anymore, those Nord blocks are really you like it!
    Yes, there should be one more parking here, but that lottery just won't come by 🙂
    Nice stuff!

  5. The story begins 1988, a 1750 bought 18 years old, just imported from Italy ...
    A boy's dream, beautiful line, beautiful sound and after some gas, up to 190 km / h.
    1990, as in every young family, a baby on the way and too small for a cradle and pram ...
    Mamas will is law and car…. Parked at the farmer's stable, which is forgotten.
    2019, you can not imagine, start again, packing away, stalled, Endless work.
    2020, approved again for 5 years 50 years old.
    Guys you can't imagine the smile on my face ... and being checked.
    And go into revs !!

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