With this weather we don't keep to the seasons. But we don't see the average Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1600 Bertone scrubbing through rain, snow and later brine. So we dream away for a moment and think back to the last beautiful late summer days and this car that arrived at that moment and is now safely and dry waiting for a new owner at Retrolegends in Valkenswaard.
Such an Alfa-Romeo GT Junior 1600 Bertone is a textbook example of still reasonably affordable Italian design, despite the fact that many of us do not have € 39.900 to spend with the holidays ahead. No matter 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. With the Giulia series, Alfa Romeo delivered the best driver's cars in history. With the GT Junior versions, Alfa Romeo brought simpler equipped versions to 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
These Alfas immediately touched people's hearts. They looked fantastic, sounded fantastic and they were wonderful cars to drive dynamically. They also sold well. And the numbers produced now ensure that there are still copies. Beautiful copies. Because where a respectfully treated Alfa block is as reliable as banks were once called - if the driver gives the six-liter engine oil the chance to calmly warm up before the gas goes on - the sheet metal suffered seriously from the gnawing of rustworms, something that was incidentally the case with many cars from that time. Only Alfa's own Sudjes set completely new standards in that 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 purchase such an Alfa from a renowned classic company such as Retrolegends, then of course that 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 it while the fun remains.
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