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 successes, winning the European Touring Car Championship three years running from 1966 to 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.
The Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior we are offering here is chassis 775892 and is one of only 193 cars produced in Stradale version by the factory. 775892 was supplied new to the Italian market in 1968 and first registered with license number plates ‘PD215447’ in Padova. The car changed ownership twice until 1970 before it remained with the same owner for six years and still carrying the same license number. In 1976 the car moved to another collector in Vicenza and changed its registration number to ‘VI347082’, of which a copy of the Italian libretto is available in the file.
At a later stage the car got ASI gold plated in Italy and moved to Germany where it joined the collection of Frank Briegmann. Still very original then, the car got purchased by the current owner in 2015 who finally decided to take the car on a full regardless-of-costs restoration by marque specialists.
775892 benefits today of a world-class restoration, hardly ever seen on any other GTA and is supplied with all its original parts including both bumpers, engine air-intakes and head, a spare steering wheel and two correct 45DCOE Weber carburettors. Not to forget its original Italian black plates from Vicenza!
Ideal for historic rallies or concourses, this spectacular GTA Junior would enhance any significant Alfa Romeo collection.
Photos: Stephan Bauer for Auxietre & Schmidt