Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Stradale wyróżnia się jedną z najbardziej zmysłowych sylwetek w historii motoryzacji, przykuwając uwagę swoją unikatowością. Oznaczenie GTA charakterystyczne jest dla egzemplarzy opracowanych przez sportowy oddział Autodelta. Choć ten egzemplarz jest w wersji drogowej (“Stradale”), posiada odelżoną karoserię (elementy karoserii z aluminium, tylne szyby z poliwęglanu) i przebudowany silnik o sportowej charakterystyce, który mimo pojemności zmniejszonej do 1,3 l rozwija imponującą w swoim czasie moc 110 KM. Prezentowana Alfa jest jedną ze 193 wyprodukowanych i wyróżnia się fantastycznie zachowanym, oryginalnym stanem. Wyposażona w opcjonalną szperę, unikneła losu większości modeli GTA i nigdy nie została przebudowana do profesjonalnej rywalizacji sportowej. Ta wspaniała Włoszka sprzedana została za ok. 606 tys. PLN (uwzględniając prowizję).
1975 ALFA ROMEO GTA 1300 JUNIOR STRADALE
US$ 150,000 – 200,000
PLN 590,000 – 790,000
Sold for US$ 154,000 (PLN 605,575) inc. premium
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1975 ALFA ROMEO GTA 1300 JUNIOR STRADALE
Chassis no. AR 776131
Engine no. AR 00559 05377
1290cc DOHC 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin 45DCOE Carburetors
110bhp at 6,000 rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension and Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*One of only 193 GTA Stradale models built
*Only 64,000 km (39,000 miles) from new
*Highly original, unrestored and rust-free
*Very last of its type sold as new
THE ALFA ROMEO GTA
Based on the Alfa Romeo Guilia Coupé, the GTA was first developed for production GT racing in 1965 by Autodelta, the Alfa Romeo factory’s motorsport department, which continued to offer it in both “Corsa” (race) and “Stradale” (street) versions until 1975. The “A” in the badge means “alleggerita” (lightened) and reflects the measures taken to trim the Guilia for competition, which, for Corsa models, included body panels of aluminum alloy, Plexiglas side and rear windows, and numerous elements crafted from lightweight steel, magnesium and other weight-saving materials (the Stradale model, however, lacked a number of these pound-shedding strategies). The GTA was powered initially by a version of the Guilia’s 1570cc inline four, fitted with a modified cylinder head, twin overhead cams and twin-plug ignition for 115bhp. The car was an immediate success, winning the driver’s and constructor’s title in its first season and then taking the European GT Championship a resounding seven years in a row.
In 1968, in response to the popularity of the under-1300cc racing class, Autodelta began production of the GTA 1300 Junior, powered by a short-stroke 1290cc version of the 1570cc inline four. In Corsa trim it produced up to 170bhp (with Autodelta’s fuel injection), while Stradale versions continued with the dual carburetors and, in the engine’s final iteration, boasted an output of 110bhp. In total, 500 examples of the GTA were produced, 450 of them Juniors; of those, only 193 were Stradale models, thus making it the rarest of the Guilias.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Remarkable for its uncommonly well-preserved, original condition, this GTA, serial no. 776131, was seventh from the last of the GTA’s production run, completed at the Autodelta shop in July 1975. Delivered in December 1975 to Florence-based Italian racing team S.C.A.R. S.p.A., it was the final GTA to be sold as new from the factory, and it arrived clad in the same Hawthorn White paint and black “Tex” vinyl interior that it wears to this day.
At the time of this GTA’s production, it was common practice for teams to replace their battle-worn Alfas by converting the late-model Stradale to full-race specs. By the time it was delivered, however, this car’s fate had been re-directed by a July ruling that rendered the GTA ineligible to run in FIA-sanctioned events. With nowhere to race it, the first owner decided instead to register no. 776131 as a street vehicle and then spent the next three decades accumulating each year at most a few thousand gentle kilometers until his health forced him to sell the car to its second owner, a German collector. It was then brokered to renowned British Alfa Romeo experts, Alfaholics, before it was sold to a noted Japanese Alfa Romeo collection. The GTA was subsequently purchased from the collection and is now offered by Bonhams in almost completely original condition.
This extremely rare, rust-free example has fully matching numbers and has never been crashed. Meticulously preserved and with all services current, the car operates as though it just emerged from Autodelta’s skunkworks. The only options fitted from new were a special limited slip differential with a 4.55:1 final drive and rear sliding/split sun screens. Every light, switch and mechanical element is totally and completely functional. It’s as if this GTA has been frozen in time, a time when Alfa Romeo ruled international GT racing.