With this weather we don't really stick to the seasons. But we see the average Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1600 Bertone simply cannot be scrubbed through rain, snow and later brine. So we dream away for a while and think back to the last beautiful late summer days and this car that arrived at that moment and is now safe and dry waiting for a new owner at Retrolegends in Valkenswaard.
Such a Alfa-Romeo GT Junior 1600 Bertone is the textbook example of still reasonably affordable Italian design, despite the fact that many of us don't have € 39.900 to spend with the holidays coming up. 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. Delivered with the Giulia series Alfa Romeo the best driver's cars in history. With the GT Junior versions brought Alfa Romeo more simply equipped versions on 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
This Alfa's hit people directly in the heart. They looked fantastic, sounded fantastic and were wonderful cars to dynamically drive. So they sold well. And the numbers produced now ensure that there are still copies. Beautiful specimens. Because where one is treated with respect Alfa block is as reliable as banks have ever been called - if the rider gives the six liters of engine oil the chance to calmly warm up before the gas goes on - the sheet metal suffered seriously from the gnawing of rust worms, something that happens to many cars of that era. Only Alfa's own Sudjes set completely new standards in this 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 have such Alfa Incidentally, if you purchase from a reputable classic company such as Retrolegends, then of course it 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 that while the fun remains.
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