Films: This 1968 Alfa Romeo 1300 Junior Is An Ochre Superstar

This 1968 Alfa Romeo 1300 Junior Is An Ochre Superstar

Photography by Maxence Massaro

Jean-Luc Outreille is a simple man with a simple passion: Classic Alfa Romeos. We recently joined him to collect the full story of his Ochre Superstar:

Alfa Romeo is, for me, the brand which represents, in all model variations, sport. The car that interested me, the car I liked, was the Alfa Romeo Bertone Coupé for its lines, its attitude on the track. It runs on three wheels, generally, it raises a wheel.

I always told myself that one day I would have one.

My name is Jean-Luc Outreille, and I drive an Alfa Romeo Bertone Coupé GT1300 Junior 1968.

Why am I passionate about cars? I think it couldn’t have been any different because my maternal grandfather was a mechanic, at FN, at Minerva. He worked in Scotland at Rolls-Royce.

He returned, finished his career as a mechanic at General Motors, here in Mons. My paternal grandfather was executive chauffeur from 1928 to 1974.

And in my early childhood, there were not many cars, not a lot of cars. And when I was five or six years old, we drove executive cars, cars from the factory where my grandfather worked, and I drove when I was a child in Ford Fairlanes, Ford Falcons, Ford Galaxies, Citroen Tractions, DS, Jaguars, from the factory. My father didn’t spend all of his career… but he began it as a gas station manager.

I was born in a gas station. I’d bathed in the smell of gasoline since childhood. We attended circuits. Chimay initially, I think, Francorchamps, Nivelles, when the Nivelles circuit opened.

The car I liked was always the Alfa Romeo Bertone Coupé in GTA, in 1300 Junior, in 1600. I became interested in becoming a future buyer in the late 70s. Unfortunately, they were often in very poor condition. They were used cars. So I held on to this dream.

And one day, I saw an ad on the internet, I waited, I thought, I said to myself: “Don’t be hasty, we’ll look at others.” But it was still there. Its color was yellow, Ocher yellow.

I went to see it, and from the moment I saw it, I couldn’t do anything other than buy it.

Alfa Romeo is, anyway, the basis of what became Ferrari. As the founder, Enzo Ferrari, was first a driver, then racing director at Alfa Romeo. It was a car which, for its time, the Alfa GT Junior was, for me, advanced. Dual barrel carburetor, overhead camshaft, four disc brakes, five-speed, in 1968, 63 when it was released, 89 horsepower. Few cars at the time, cars other than those of superstars, could claim to have these qualities. So, with this Alfa, we often go out, we go out with my wife, with a friend who is also passionate. Not bad for short rides.

After 100 years of Alfa Romeo, in 2010, I could finally fulfill a dream: driving the Francorchamps circuit with my Alfa Romeo, finally, realizing a dream. I hoped to fulfill a dream. Unfortunately, I say unfortunately, there were so many cars that the best time on a lap lasted just over an hour because there was nowhere to drive. There were cars from start to finish on the circuit. It wasn’t even a lap, it was a parade. But it was still a pleasant time to meet thousands of Alfa Romeos on the Spa circuit.

It’s a world… The world of old cars is a friendly world, a world where
when you meet another car, we signal, a world where contact is easy because we share the same values and the same passions.

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Dieut et mon Droit
Dieut et mon Droit

Maybe it’s me but I find focusing on speed and extreme reliability when discussing 40+ year olds is downright silly and a bit anal.
Beauty, sound and evocation of an era is what does it for me. Maybe it’s because I am of similar vintage myself and such cars mean something more than a passing fad, which they seem to have become.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

The license plate is held on with duct tape.
Plainly the guy doesn’t take himself too seriously . . ;^)
Lovely film . . .

Kyle “SocialPrototype” da Costa
Kyle “SocialPrototype” da Costa

Loved it!

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

exceptional!!!

Biker Joe
Biker Joe

I wish FIAT would build something modern like this on the 500 chassis. Bella Machina!!

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Lovely car, and great cinematography. A friend just bought a 1600 Junior in this exact color and drove it cross-country to bring it home to California. I have always thought of these as one of the most desirable sport coupes.

Greg Mack
Greg Mack

As an “Alfa guy” I can identify with the themes of this story, it’s wonderfully shared, thank you. I wonder if reliability problems and reputation came with the 116 and forward cars? Experienced Alfa owners I know simply don’t have reliability problems with 105/115 cars. Rust yes, that’s a real, but fixable problem. The cars I hear or read about having issues are often a result of improper work done or lack of regular maintenance.

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

Nice story, beautiful color, but that’s the further I will go – not an Alfa fan at all.

But, love the front licence plate sticked to the body with duct tape! Priceless and clearly a sign that this car is owned by someone who likes to drive the car more than keep it as a garage queen! Thumbs up!

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

Can you remember a more beautifull front chromed grille-faccia of a car of that era?

Erica
Erica

Bravo Papa! Le reportage est à la hauteur de la beauté de la voiture. Et le narrateur aussi 🙂 , je suis très fière de toi <3
Je pense qu'un petit bonhomme de 3 ans assure déjà la relève en matière de passion automobile.

Aaaah les jolies italiennes…
Avec amour, ta fille.

Frank Anigbo
Frank Anigbo
Whenever the discussion turns to the subject of unreliability I can’t help but wonder if there really is such a thing as a well known and coveted car that truly is unreliable — as in breaks more often than not. Or is it always more a subjective perception of unreliability based on individual experience. I have owned 4 alfas and with the exception of a wretched Milano that did me the great favor of burning to a crisp, I would not call alfas unreliable at all. My current GTV is the car I’ve owned the longest of many cars present… Read more »
Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer

I agree that many marque reputations of unreliability are overstated. In terms of 60’s and 70’s vintage cars the “known unknowns” of past maintenance and care can curse many basically solid autos. The most trouble free and reliable car I ever owned over 100,000 miles was a ’78 Renault 5, a car that most Yanks considered a hand grenade.

Kiwiboy105
Kiwiboy105

Totally agree. My first Alfa 105 had been neglected but once maintained it was fine. My current 1972 105 GTV (I’ve had now for 6 years), has been very reliable. I drive it regularly which the old cars need otherwise they seize up. And it is inexpensive to maintain. The 105 cars are just a joy to drive.

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer

Dear Guitar Slinger,
I really do understand your point. The closest I came to an Alfa was in the early seventies. I bought a 2002 BMW instead for most of the reasons you mention. Many BMW automobiles later I found that I’m really a Mustang V8 guy.
It ALWAYS runs, NEVER breaks. parts are cheap and available everywhere, it’s really fast and fun, at 6000 rpm it sounds like Thor’s hammer times 8……..but I still dream of the beautiful Italian.

Dennis White
Dennis White

Oui, oui! Allez Alfa!!

Frank Anigbo
Frank Anigbo

I have owned a ’69 1750 one of these in the same Giallo Ochra since 1994 and will never part with it. It is for me the benchmark for how a proper vintage car should drive.

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Domagoj Dozet
Domagoj Dozet

Good article, but what is with proofreading? So many errors.

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer

Yikes. Yet another gorgeous Alfa…….Where did I go wrong? Why don’t I have one? I love my Mustang but, oh you Alfa!

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

Once an alfa driver-fan always an alfa lover!!!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
Ummm … errr .. well .. having owned an Alfa or two in the past … ahh … if I can be the spoiler in the soup … maybe its because some part of you knows just how unreliable Alfa’s are .. the fact that they rust faster than you can ever hope to drive them .. the reality that parts even when available are god awful approaching Ferrari price tags expensive [ trust me .. I’ve owned both ] .. etc … et al .. ad nauseam . Which is to say … perhaps be it subliminal or conscious… Read more »
Arno Leskinen
Arno Leskinen

Guitar Slinger: Older Alfas are generally well engineered and very robust. The perception of unreliability is usually due to poor/deferred maintenance or ham fisted “mechanics” or owners. I could say the same thing about the reliability of my vintage ES335. Is the fact that the pickups are sometimes intermittent on this guitar due to bad design, or some ignorant previous owner who installed an incorrect selector switch and soldered it in with all the skill of a 5 year old?

Mathieu
Mathieu

So many emotions when I read this article.. Proud of you papa and so happy we share the same passion. Love you, your son

Tom
Tom

Honestly, my number 1 dream car right there. I know there are faster and probably more reliable cars out there but the late 60’s alfas are where its at for me. Hopefully ill earn enough to buy one some day.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

1) A lot of things are faster
2) Almost anything is more reliable

So does yerself a favor .. unless access to funds suddenly becomes fortuitously unlimited … just say no … and admire them from afar .

PieterA
PieterA

The year of manufacturing sure has to be wrong?

Karl Anttila Sr.

Maybe a 1965; single horizontal front grill bar…I had one, too.

PieterA
PieterA

Looks like they’ve changed it. It said 1978 originally.

François Bozonnet
François Bozonnet

nice color, not the Scuderia Francorchamp Yellow but it’s a beautifull Alfa-Romeo…Bravo Mr Jean-Luc…nice spider too…

alstare84
alstare84

Just a friendly note that maybe the year is 1968 instead of ’78. Regards. Roberto

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