The Alfa Romeo GTA, or Gran Touring Alleggerita (lightened GT) was built and developed by Autodelta, the racing division of Alfa Romeo and was first introduced in 1965 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. Only 1.000 homologation units were built of what was clearly a spartan racing car. Surprisingly, the GTA was offered both in race and road trim, so called Corsa and Stradale versions. The model featured aluminium coachwork with only the floorpan, inner shell and sills being steel. The first GTA’s had 1570cc capacity and equipped with a twin-plug cylinder head and close-ratio gearbox. The Junior, the little GTA came out during 1968 to compete the 1300cc class that was being dominated by the Mini Cooper S. The over-square 1290cc unit was derived from the Giulietta and also featured a twin-plug, cylinder-head and close-ratio gearbox. In addition, some Juniors had limited slip differentials. The GTA 1300 Junior, had a reputation for being more robust and reliable than the 1600 GTA, perhaps this robustness and reliability led to the Junior winning the European Touring Car Championship in 1972. This genuine GTA Junior is built on the 28th of June 1968 and was sold on 10th August 1968 in Naples, Italy. Piero Pesaro, who was an Alfa Romeo racing driver of some repute, imported this GTA into the UK in the mid-1980s and sold the car to Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey, the ex-Autodelta works driver and suspension specialist. Rhoddy modified and raced this particular GTA Junior. The car still has many of the characteristic Harvey-Bailey modifications such as the roll cage. It is worthy of note that the spare wheel well is also aluminium, a feature of the early GTA. The later Juniors had steel spare wheel wells fitted. Even the five original D-slot Campagnolo magnesium wheels are still fitted. The interior, as expected, is as spartan as the first cars of 1965. On the outside, the aluminium coachwork is in a great original condition. The chassis number is evident on the engine bulkhead and the series number is matched in the boot lid rain channel confirming its originality, a detail that many re-shelled GTAs fail to pay attention to. The current paint finish in Alfa Rosso 514, was carried out quite some years ago and was applied over the original Alfa Rosso 501. This GTA Junior has a wonderful period look and is fantastically original. A GTA with such notable history in such condition is really unique!
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