Alfasud Junior was a special edition presented at the Turin motor show in 1982.
It was aimed at young people who could not yet afford an Alfa Romeo and was sold
on several European markets.
Two versions were built: Italian Alfa Romeo retailers
offered the 63bhp strong Alfasud Junior 1.2
with the old four-door body and a five-speed gearbox. (Presumably some Junior
1.2 also had the 68 bhp engine which was once used in the Alfasud ti series I).
In Germany, the Alfasud 1.2 series III had never been officially offered and so,
the German retailers got the Junior special edition as Alfasud Junior 1.3. The
German version was a four-door car with a five-speed gearbox, too.
To keep the price attractive, the Junior was a quite meagre-equipped car -
compared with the other Alfasud versions. In Italy it had to live without front headrests,
digital clock, tinted glas and rear armrest
was sold with 145 SR 13 tyres instead of the 165/70 SR 13 tyres which were
monted on all other Alfasuds of that time. All Juniors which were exported to
Germany were delivered with front head rests because the German legislator
demanded them. The Junior was easily distinguishable by its special red / orange
/ yelloy coloured stripes along the side of the body.
The German Alfasud Junior 1.3 was limited to a thousand units. One could chose
between three body colours: white, ebony and a dark brown. Each colour had its
own special design for the stripes. The Alfa-retailers
offered the Junior for the amount of 13.490 DM - 2.000 DM less than a normal
four-door Alfasud 1.3 (according to the price-list of May, 15th 1982). People
who wanted to buy a brown Junior had to pay 13.990 DM for it because the brown
colour was coupled with three extras: 13" light alloy wheels (whose design
was not everybody's taste), a lockable fuel filler cap and a second door mirror.
The Italian Alfasud Junior 1.2 was sold for 8.108.000
Lire. 6000 units of the Junior 1.2 left the Alfasud plant. 4500 of them were
sold in Italy. It is not clear whether the 1000 units of the Junior 1.3 are
included in this number or not.
Last Update: July, 3rd 2004
Created: May, 8th 2004
© Layout and text by Tim Rauen. Photos (rear
view) by Alexander Wechselberger, (front view) by Alfa Romeo.