1973 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior RHD
1973 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior RHD
- Engine: 1570cc twin-cam four cylinder
- Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
- Year: 1973
- Registration: HGV 365N
- Mileage: 34,000
- Exterior Colour: Alfa Red
- Interior colour and material: Black vinyl
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- According to the Alfa Romeo Museum Archives this wonderful and very rare GT Junior was manufactured on September 28th 1973 and was invoiced by the factory on October 5th 1973 to the Alfa Romeo distributor in Nicosia, Cyprus. It was first registered for road use in England on February 3rd 1975.
- This GT Junior is believed to have been sold new to a member of the Royal Air Force while he was based in Cyprus. Upon his return to England he brought the car with him and registered it to his Officers Mess at RAF Wattisham in February 1975 on the Ipswich Registration Office issued number of HGV-365N, the plate it still wears today.
- In July 1977 the GT Junior was purchased by a Frederick Edwards of Eye, Suffolk.
- The first MOT on file for the car is dated May 1979 when the odometer recorded only 33,179 miles.
- The Alfa Romeo was clearly a cherished leisure vehicle of Mr Edwards as the May 1980 MOT certificate recorded just 33,351 miles as showing on the odometer. May 1981's MOT recorded just 34,139 miles.
- It seems that some time during the twelve months that followed the May 1981 MOT, the GT Junior was placed into Mr Edwards' garage, as the last tax disc that was issued to the car expired on May 31st 1982. The car has not been taxed since.
- In November 1994 the car was MOT'd again, with the odometer recording 34,205 miles. The car has at some time received a re-paint, and it is possible that that was carried out around that time as the paint is still in superb condition.
- After twenty years of sitting idle in Mr Edward’s garage, the car was taken to a garage in Diss, Norfolk, in the summer of 2014 for re-commissioning. Various works were undertaken such as cleaning out the fuel tank and lines, replacing the rubber carburettor mounts, changing the engine oil and filter, freeing off the brake callipers, and replacing the air filter and spark plugs. The car was then issued with a new MOT certificate in July 2014 (its first for twenty years) that recorded the odometer as showing 34,214 miles.
- We then acquired the car and commenced phase two of the re-commissioning process, the first phase (which totaled £1,100) literally enabling the car to operate and pass an MOT test. We enabled the brake callipers to work correctly, had two new brake servos fitted, fitted a new coolant thermostat, replaced the oils in the gearbox and rear axle differential, and had several other jobs carried out, all of which totaled over £2,000.
- These early single headlight GT 1600 Juniors are very rare cars and are arguably very desirable with their beautifully simple single headlight grille without the more fussy stepped front nose, the 1750 GTV style twin-cowl dash board dials, the lovely thin steering wheel of the earlier cars, and the more padded versions of the Sprint GT Veloce bucket seats. They have simplified ingredients of the early cars without any of the fussiness of the later cars with their more cluttered dash board dials, grille mounted driving lights, and larger rear lights. We adore the later cars here too, but these early “flat-front” (as opposed to step-front) cars are a simplistic Italian design classic, and with people having saved the more powerful 1750 and 2000 GTV’s over the years, the early 1600 GT Juniors have ended up being incredibly rare, especially in right hand drive form.