This is one of those moments you wish to win the lottery as an original GTA 1300 Junior Stradale heads to an auction.
And it’s not just any GTA this one; Serial no. 776131 is not only the seventh from the last of the GTA’s production run at the Autodelta shop, but also one of the 193 original Junior Stradale models, the rarest in the world of classic Giulias.
Back in 1965, Autodelta started the production of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, a special lightweight version of the normal Giulia Coupe developed for racing. The first batch of GTAs was powered by a 1.6-litre engine and was offered both in Corsa spec strictly for racing and Stradale spec for road use.
In 1968 Autodelta started the production of the GTA 1300 Junior in response to the growing popularity of the sub-1300cc racing class. Powered by a de-stroked 1290cc version of the 1.6-litre unit, the GTA Junior produced up to 170hp in Corsa spec thanks to Autodelta’s fuel injection system, with Stradale versions sticking to dual carburetors and making up to 110hp, just like the one we got here.
This Junior Stradale is actually the final GTA to be sold as new from the factory and it’s in original, unrestored and frankly amazing condition. It was delivered in December 1975 to a Florence-based racing team in the same Hawthorn White with a black vinyl interior it wears today. The team planned to convert it to a full-on race car but by the time it was delivered, FIA had changed the rules in its class, making ineligible to enter a race.
That when the original owner decided to register it for use on the public roads. A few years later, the car was sold to a German collector which in turn sold it to a noted Japanese Alfa Romeo collection through Alfaholics.
The car is described as a totally rust-free example with matching numbers that’s been meticulously preserved over the years. Everything works as it, should with the clocks showing just 64,000km (39,000 miles) since new.
This simply stunning Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA 1300 Junior Stradale will be offered by Bonhams at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction on June 5, with the price estimated between $150,000 and $200,000. I need to rob a bank asap.
H/T To Petrolicious!