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This Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior is for Life

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
March 3, 2014
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Owner: Faisal Huda

Year, Make, and Model: 1969 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Photographer: Lucas Scarfone

Growing up, his favorite toy had been a yellow (then pronounced “lello”) car. It was lost one day and while Mr. Faisal Huda was sad for a while, he eventually forgot about it. Years later he fell in love with this car, a 1969 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior, originally colored Giallo Ocra (Ochre Yellow) because it reminded him of the story his parents had recounted about Faisal losing his little yellow car. He happened upon it in Venice, Italy and says it “was like finding my toy 34 years later!”

The car was in stock, original condition when he found it, unsuitable for fast road use as you might find in modern traffic. So, he had the car sent from Italy to the UK, where he commissioned Alfaholics to upgrade the car’s engine and mechanicals.

After Alfaholics completed the work, the car was shipped back to his home in Toronto, Canada in May 2011. He drove the car for a year (stored through winter, of course) after which he experienced a minor fender-bender during the 2012 Alfa Romeo Convention of North America, held in Toronto that year.

“With the damage to the car being unsightly and disappointing, I decided to commission a full body restoration on the car. It was at that point that I decided I’d had enough fun with my lello Car and that if it were painted a bespoke deep Candy Apple Red, that the car’s lines and stance would just pop. The Guild of Automotive Restorers in Canada, famous for their concourse quality workmanship, carried out the body restoration. We also included a refresh of the interior, which brought a level of pure luxury to the interior, with contrasting stitching and Alcantara and leather surfaces.”

Faisal loves to take this car out on dry sunny days, particularly into Ontario’s wine country, not far from Toronto. It is also a great car to take into Northern Ontario with its twisty roads with elevation changes. The car handles so crisply it feels as though it has a sixth-sense as it magnetically hugs the curves and just knows where it is supposed to go.

The car is much admired by whoever sees it. Faisal calls it the “friend maker” because he always seems to make a new friend each time he takes the car out. Of course, the car’s official nickname is “Alfie.” Featured on the first season of History Channel Canada’s show, Restoration Garage, Alfie is also featured in the 2014 BASF calendar as the Nov/Dec feature car.

“Alfie will always be a part of my life, I could never give this car up. It will get new stable-mates over the years, certainly, but the purity, spirit and sporty elegance of this car could never be matched for me.”

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briwal25
briwal25

Where are the rest of the pics? The original 2014 post had photos of the interior, engine, details, etc. Are those still here somewhere or have they been purged as part of the website re-do?

Ben Burrows
Ben Burrows

Hi Faisal,
So many questions for you. Have a ’69 GT Jnr mid build. Motor and driveline done, plenty of Alfaholics & Sharpe Engineering parts in boxes for suspension and steering. Love the paint. Can see you’ve added an oil cooler. Can i get your specs?
Keen to know more,
Cheers,
Ben

Josh Charles Forrest
Josh Charles Forrest

Oh my. This is absolutely sensational. I am truly jealous. Great work, great vision. The car looks superb.

Andrea Zinanni
Andrea Zinanni

Wow..brilliant! Quick questions…what size rims and tyres did you use to give it such an aggressive stance and the other question what suspension did you use to lower it…

Tsvetan Tsekov
Tsvetan Tsekov

I want it! NOW! 😀 I’ve always liked the looks of these cars, but this particular one got me in love…shit…now that’s a problem… 🙂

CANDREAM
CANDREAM

It is gorgeous……hope to see you this year at Italian Car Day…..

Stephen Dunker
Stephen Dunker
phyzul, just watched Restoration Garage featuring your 1300 and was blown away. I have always been a fan of old Alfas and BMWs but your Alphie is one of the most beautiful examples I have ever seen. The color is absolutely the best choice possible and the lines of the car are timeless, a real work of art. I am and artist and an author and design cars in my spare time just for fun. I have a passion for fine automobiles though have not become successful enough yet to really indulge my interest. If I could find one I… Read more »
phyzul
phyzul

Hello Stephen, thanks so much for your generous comments. It never gets old coming across someone who appreciates Alfie! I hope you’re able to fulfill your passion for a vintage Alfa sometime soon. In the meantime, all the best for your writing career.

Juan
Juan

It’s the best 1300 gt to me. Please let me have information about the seats and gear boots.

Look so great!!!!!!!

phyzul
phyzul

Hello Juan, I’m happy you like the car! The seats are RECARO “Sport” model. The leather upholstery with diamond stitch is custom work made by a professional. The gear shift boot is the original that came in my car when I purchased it… so I don’t have any specific information about it.

Dario
Dario

Hi Faisal,

Any chance you could give me the colour code for this dark candy apple red,i would love to spray my Gt Junior,as it is in the body shop at the moment for accident repairs

phyzul
phyzul

Hello Dario, glad you like the paint work. There is no paint code for this because it was a totally customised paint that the painter and I developed together. We achieved this by first painting the body in a metallic gold paint. Then there is 9 layers of red-tinted clear coat on top of the gold. The amount and shade of red tint in the clear coat will change the final appearance.

Jay
Jay

Saw this car on the tv show, and cringed hard when they convinced Mr. Huda to have it painted this colour. Giallo Ocra was/is amazing. This is terrible.

Nathan De Baets
Nathan De Baets

Can someone tell me here to get those side mirrors? They are simply stunning!

Derek Heaton
Derek Heaton

I believe those are Raydyot mirrors.

Derek Heaton
Derek Heaton

My bad, Talbot or Talbot reproduction.

phyzul
phyzul

Just search on the internet for “bullet side mirror”.

John
John

Hello: Best restoration of an Alfa I’ve ever seen (OK, next in line to Ralph Lauren’s million dollar one!) There were short shots of the engine…clearly not enough, but from what I could see, it looked like 6 wires off engine itself? Is this a 6 cylinder car?

hans
hans

When this car was built initially and when it was Ocra Yellow, it was one of my all-time favourites. If I compare how it looks today…:D

Alfa are not supposed to look like this! Simply because it doesn’t look good.

Allesandra Snow
Allesandra Snow

This looks great. I know it’s kinda weird but even though I am not that old, honestly, I love it when I saw ancient looking things specially when it has this vintage appearance. Thanks to Fiat because he is very serious about bringing Alfa Romeo back to the U.S with the stunning 4C roadster leading the charge. Since, Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. is well-known for it’s reputation in building expensive sports cars. These might be a good news for car lovers but somehow bad news for those present car dealer in US. Get more data about [url=”https://personalmoneynetwork.co”]Alfa Romeo[/url].

Paul Steel
Paul Steel

what a great alfa, well done.

Bruce Thomas
Bruce Thomas

This jumped out at me on my Friday afternoon at work browse through Petrolicious. Stunning. Love the tyres as well. I have the Neovia R on my z3 m coupe, transformed the car, plus the tread looks great with a bit of dust on it. Nice work mate.

Bruce Thomas
Bruce Thomas

This jumped out at me on my Friday afternoon at work browse through Petrolicious. Stunning. Love the tyres as well. I have the Neovia R on my z3 m coupe, transformed the car, plus the tread looks great with a bit of dust on it. Nice work mate.

Rob
Rob

Hey Physul,
I lived in Oakville for 46yrs up until 2 years ago. I moved north , just outside of Orillia now, where the roads are perfect,peaceful, smooth, twisty and the scenery is stunning at every bend you take.
I had to get out of the rat race.
Plus the roads are almost designed for vintage cars and bikes up here.
But I’m down in the GTA (Oakville) almost everyday.
Would love to see Alfie one day.

Phil Baskett
Phil Baskett

A simply stunning car. I have a GT Veloce in the body shop at the moment and I have been trying to decide between painting it standard Alfa red or going with a deep metallic red. I think this article has helped make my decision. Just stunning!!

Rob
Rob
What a truly beautiful car! I just love this style of Alfa, and this example, and caliber of restoration is truly amazing. I live just north (probably less than an hour of you) and live just west of Toronto (Oakville) for 46 yrs and know that these cars are a very rare sight on the roads here in the GTA. I’ve been modifiying and restoring cars and bikes my whole life and appreciate something special when I see one. And this Alfa GT 1300 is definetly special and rare on our roads as Faisal would know. Excellent job and taste… Read more »
phyzul
phyzul

Robert, do you live in Oakville? We may not be that far from each other. Alfie is tucked away for the winter and I’m itching for dry, salt-free roads!

Beck
Beck

It’s only a matter of time for a tastefully done Alfaholics 105 gets featured and this is absolutely a fine example of them! Not to mention it actually owns by a fellow Canadian, that’s something to be proud of for sure. ha!
What a beauty, Faisal!

phyzul
phyzul

Thanks, Beck. Look for the car this summer. I come out to some cruise nights and other events.

Antony Ingram
Antony Ingram

What a stunning, stunning car. An Alfaholics-tweaked 105-series is on my lottery win list!

Verner Jänes
Verner Jänes

What a beautiful, beautiful car. Great wallpaper material by the way, any hope for these images in full HD resolution?

phyzul
phyzul

If you’d like full resolution photos, please get in touch with the photographer, Lucas Scarfone (www.scarfonephoto.com).

Raman Dooman
Raman Dooman

Congratulations on owning a true work of art. Very Tastefully done… Simply Stunning!

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

what a fantastic looking 105.

do you have any pictures of the interior ?

phyzul
phyzul

A couple more…

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

thank you very much !
the interior is very functional with just a touch of luxury added by the red stitching.
what brand are the seats ?
this is the classic alfa – only wish their current cars were as desirable.

phyzul
phyzul

Ae, I have a few. I’ve tried to pick a few of the better ones to share here:

Vianney Lalain
Vianney Lalain

Could some Alfa enthousiast tell me what is the best from a driving point of view between the 1300 and the 2000? I have already driven a 2000 and i really enjoyed it but i have to admit that the 1300 is better looking especially from the rear. Your car is wonderful Faisal, you did a really good job with modern components on one of the finest classics Alfa. You just need to add a clover.. But not instead of the black snake, that looks really good 🙂

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia

Faisal, you’re clearly a man of great taste, and Lucas has a great eye!
As you may know, I’m very biased, but I just love those high-revving 1300 motors. So much fun coming from a relatively small power plant.

phyzul
phyzul

Many thanks, Afshin. Happy motoring.

Wim De Pril
Wim De Pril

What an absolutely superb car! Enjoy!

Peter Negru
Peter Negru

I would like to ask 2 things of you sir:
1: what is the paint code?

2: could i perhaps see this Gorgeous piece of sexy on the road sometime? I live in the GTA, and would have no problem traveling to see this machine

phyzul
phyzul

Peter,

1. There is no paint code for this as the colour is bespoke and was developed over some time after various trials. It’s a candy red done the old-fashioned way starting with a gold base coat.

2. I’d be happy to let you see the car in person. Once driving season kicks in I’m out at cruise nights. If you provide your email I can stay in touch.

Peter Negru
Peter Negru

peternegru1995@hotmail.ca

dam. i guess i’ll have to do some experimentation on this…..

BillamJunior
BillamJunior

Awesome, just after my comment on the question asked you devote the little 1300 to and article. Brilliant

Nikola Velkovski
Nikola Velkovski

Great car.. It’s fits in my dream garage… And if I had to choose just one car most probably that would be it…If its no good for a daily driver i can ride the bus or get a cab… But taking that beauty out on saturday morning would be a dream come true…

BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228

Good God that colour. I’m speechless.

Even the wheels are gorgeous.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

this car is absolutely gorgeous and one of the nicest Alfa i have seen in a long time. The color of this beauty just makes the car that much more. I bet that twin cam engine sounds like pure auto heaven. The interior looks might fine as well. Wish i could have seen more of it

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Interested to hear more about the Alfaholics mods. They make some pretty seriously upgraded 105 series Alfas.

phyzul
phyzul

Matthew, the Alfaholics mods on this car are quite extensive. You can get a list of the mods here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/24477253/Case\%20Sheet\%20-\%201969\%20Alfa\%20Romeo\%20GT\%201300\%20Jr_lo\%20res.pdf

BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228

I have to congratulate you on such a fantastic car. I’m struggling to think of a more gorgeous 105 series 🙂

Those Alfaholics mods are excellent as well. Far beyond my budget, but unendingly impressive.

phyzul
phyzul

Thanks! The car is a dream to drive. The Alfaholics guys know what they are doing with these old 105s.

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