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Lot 49: Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider 1300 Junior

The Spa Classic Sale, Bonhams (25 May 2013)

A modern classic by Pininfarina, the simple yet elegant spider bodywork premiered on the 1966 Duetto would prove enduringly popular after a rather critical initial reception, lasting well into the 1990s. Under the skin, the Duetto's mechanicals were essentially those of the 105-Series Giulia saloon, featuring independent front suspension, a coil-suspended live rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes. The power unit was the 1.6-litre, 109bhp version of Alfa's classic double-overhead-camshaft four as installed in the Giulia Sprint GTV. Performance fully matched the Duetto's stunning looks, with 0-100km/h reachable in around 11 seconds and a top speed of 190km/h. The model achieved worldwide public recognition after starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the film, The Graduate but was produced for only two years before being superseded by the 1.8-litre '1750' Spyder Veloce in 1967. At the same time, Alfa Romeo took the opportunity to offer a version of the Spider powered by the 1.3-litre Giulietta engine: the 1300 Junior. Cheaper than the larger Spider, the 1300 Junior came with a 103bhp engine offering superior fuel economy and occupied a more favourable taxation category, thus extending the possibility of Alfa Romeo ownership to a wider market. Described as in generally good working order, this Duetto 1300 Junior is finished in red with black interior and is offered with Italian libretto and CDP. Décrit comme étant en bon état de fonctionnement, ce Duetto Junior de couleur rouge avec intérieur noir, équipé du moteur 1300 Giulietta à double arbres de 103 ch, est accompagné de son libretto et du CDP italien.

Lot Details
Auction The Spa Classic Sale
Bonhams, Spa Motor Circuit, Belgium
TypeCar
Lot Number49
Estimate€17000-€22000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Year1968
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Chassis numberAR 1671814
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