Alfa Junior shines in the face of barn-find Bugatti


With all the excitement surrounding the ex-Alan Riley Bugatti you could be forgiven for forgetting that there were other cars for sale at Brightwells’ auction last week.

But there were and one of them was a fantastic Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior (pictured) – a C&SC favourite.

Although not the most valuable lot, the little Italian was a perfect example of the breed, with Brightwells saying: “First registered in May 1970, this particular GT 1300 Junior is a truly remarkable car that has had just one owner from new and has covered a mere 11,200 miles. Only used in the dry summer months and stored in near-perfect conditions, the car is in amazingly sound and original condition throughout.”

Hardly surprising then that it sold for £17,800 on the hammer.

It was a successful sale for the auction house with 77% of lots going to new owners including numerous MGBs such as a 1976 V8 with 57,200 miles (£6500) and a 1980 GT, with an MoT until March, going for £1150.

More British machinery came in the form of a 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8, which made £30,500, two Austin-Healey 3000s (a 1960 Mk1 and a 1963 MkIIA) that generated £33,000 and £19,500 respectively, plus an early prototype Lotus Elite – with interesting race history and FIA papers – that made £48,000 on the hammer.

One bidder even scooped up a ready-for-restoration 1969 Jaguar E-type for £10,800.

The sale had something for everyone, with Land-Rovers such as an 1961 S2 (£2600) sharing sales-floor space with a 1979 Daimler limousine DS420 that made £2500.

Brightwells’ next sale will be on 28 November. To view all the results from last week, click here.

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