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Lot 205: 1970 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

First shown at the 1965 Amsterdam and Geneva motor shows, the Autodelta prepped Giulia sported the soon to be legendary 'GTA' suffix. The 'A' was short for 'Allegerita', or lightweight; an apt description of the Autodelta Giulia. A considerably slimmed down version of the unitary chassis was covered by aluminium body panels, shaving almost 300 kg off the Giulia's weight. The engine was similar to the unit as used in the TZ, complete with the twin spark injection.For homologation purposes a minimum of 500 examples had to be produced, postponing the GTA's track debut to 1966. Fielded by Autodelta, which was now absorbed by Alfa Romeo, and privateers, the nimble Giulias proved an immediate success. In the opening round of the championship at Monza, GTA's filled the first seven places. Andrea de Adamich scored four victories and claimed the title. A total of 200 wins were scored in the racer's maiden season followed by hundreds more in the following seasons with the crowning glory of a hat trick of overall wins in the European Touring Car Championship, 1966-67-68. Two years later the similarly successful 1300 GTA Junior was introduced for the under 1300cc class.This particular GTA, chassis number AR 776099, was manufactured in the middle of 1969 production with a total of less than 500 of these homologation specials made. Naturally the car has an aluminium shell and body panels which are all straight and in very good order. Paint work is also very good with nice detailing on the bonnet and front wings which are adorned with the Serpent and cloverleaf emblems. Many GTA's do not have the original engine fitted due to extensive track action, however this car has not been raced and has the original motor (55905390) - a rare feature. The all aluminium twin spark engine fires up instantly and revs freely, pulling hard in all gears. A nice touch is the Autodelta number stamped into the cast intake chamber. The interior is in very good condition with the black vinyl seats unmarked and in virtually new condition. The car is in fast road trim specification and is fitted with the optional limited-slip differential, four point race harnesses, full roll cage and Campagnolo alloy wheels. Bumpers and rear seat are also offered with the car.The car comes complete with the original sales brochure and owners manual, as well as the original Italian service documents. A file is available including bills, a current MoT certificate valid until March 2006, current V5 and Dutch registration papers. This very original 3 owner car has only covered 76,054 kilometres from new. Testament to the cars overall condition and desirability, FYY 461H has won Alfa concours events and has featured regularly in the classic car press in recent years. This car has been very well maintained throughout its life and is surely one of the finest GTA's on the market.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
TypeCar
Lot Number205
Estimate£30000-£32000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£37523
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1970
Condition rating
Registration numberFYY 461H
Mileage-
Chassis numberAR 776099
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