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29 Comments on "This 1968 Alfa Romeo 1300 Junior Is An Ochre Superstar"
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.
The license plate is held on with duct tape.
Plainly the guy doesn’t take himself too seriously . . ;^)
Lovely film . . .
I wish FIAT would build something modern like this on the 500 chassis. Bella Machina!!
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.
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.
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!
Can you remember a more beautifull front chromed grille-faccia of a car of that era?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oui, oui! Allez Alfa!!
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.
Good article, but what is with proofreading? So many errors.
Yikes. Yet another gorgeous Alfa…….Where did I go wrong? Why don’t I have one? I love my Mustang but, oh you Alfa!
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?
Once an alfa driver-fan always an alfa lover!!!
So many emotions when I read this article.. Proud of you papa and so happy we share the same passion. Love you, your son
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.
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 .
The year of manufacturing sure has to be wrong?
Maybe a 1965; single horizontal front grill bar…I had one, too.
Looks like they’ve changed it. It said 1978 originally.
nice color, not the Scuderia Francorchamp Yellow but it’s a beautifull Alfa-Romeo…Bravo Mr Jean-Luc…nice spider too…
Just a friendly note that maybe the year is 1968 instead of ’78. Regards. Roberto
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