Vivacious Verde Step Nose: 1970 Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1300 by Bertone

  • February 02, 2021
The Rundown
  • Desirable, Final-Year ‘Scalino’ (Step Nose) Variant
  • 1.3L Twin Cam Inline 4-Cylinder, Five-Speed Gearbox
  • Two Documented Long Term Owners (’70-’05, ’05-’20)
  • Original Sales Documents, Italian License Plates, Records
  • Iconic Alfa Coupe Finished in Fantastic Verde Pino
Why We Like It

The Alfa Romeo Giulia GT had the challenging task of replacing the much-loved Giulietta Sprint. Again, Bertone was called in to design and produce the bodies for Alfa’s production coupé, and with the talent of a young Giorgetto Giugiaro, the new Giulia GT was an instant success. In 1966, Alfa introduced the GT 1300 Junior, which was a simplified variant of the Giulia GT-powered 1300TI’s engine, equipped with two twin-choke carburetors. Aimed at younger ‘Alfisti’, the Junior became the best-selling model for the entire Giulia GT lineup. This particular example is from the last year of production of the famous step nose, or ‘Scalino’ body variant, with a distinctive, slightly raised front hood.


vivacious-verde-step-nose-1970-alfa-romeo-gt-junior-1300-by-bertone76781018-770-0@2XThe “storia” of this Alfa is seamless: the current owner bought this car in November of 2020 from the second owner in Germany, who purchased it in Italy 2005. If paperwork and documentation turn your crank like it does ours, then you will like this car. All documentation of ownership from day one is present, including the original purchase documents. These documents show the original license plates (MI LO1217 rear, LO 1217 MI front) – customary in Italy at the time, which you will see in the photos of the car and which were included with the sale. The documents also include the Italian service records- molto bella!


The car’s owner states it just passed German TÜV inspection and everything works as it should. Fuel is delivered to the fun-revving 1300cc engine via dual carbs that are all original to the car. The car wears barely used set Vredestein tires, and the only modifications visible are an emergency flasher relay and switch as well as a new exhaust/muffler system. Cosmetically it has the look and feel of a well-kept and maintained original car, the desirable Verde Pino paint looks great, there’s no evidence of major damage or rust (except for a small professionally repaired patch in the floor boards – above average for an Alfa of this vintage). The seller also mentions some pitting in the chrome trim, but the bumpers are very nice, the interior’s exceptionally clean and although not detailed, there aren’t any surprises under the hood either. In a nutshell, this is a phenomenal looking car example with an excellent, fully documented history. A blast to drive, too.


Valuation Verdict

Well respected and beloved by Alfa enthusiasts since introduced, these handsome Italian coupes are grin-inducing on the road and the Bertone styling is sublime. Prices for these cars confirm their popularity, with Hagerty showing valuation spikes in the first quarters of both 2019 and 2020, a trend we think is likely to continue for the good ones. They peg #2, “excellent” condition cars at $31k, and while this one’s priced considerably higher, we feel its fantastic condition, excellent colors and documented history will inevitably be scooped up by someone willing to pay a premium for a premium.

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