Alfa Romeo produced just 402 Zagato Coachbuilt examples of the 1600 Junior Z between 1972 and 1975, of which just 121 cars are known to exist in the Zagato Register. As with its predecessor the Giulietta SZ, Zagato chose to base its new coupe on an Alfa Spider chassis rather than a GT chassis to take advantage of its lighter weight, shorter wheelbase and shorter front and rear overhangs. Zagato created a low drag aerodynamic fastback coupe featuring a very low frontal area, low roofline and fastback profile. As with its predecessor the Giulietta SZ, weight was minimized with several characteristic Zagato features such as an aluminum hood, ultra-lightweight bumpers, unique lightweight Zagato seats and a special lightweight dashboard devoid of a glove box door. With bespoke Zagato features throughout including an electrically elevating rear hatch for low drag flow through ventilation and construction taking place at both Alfa Romeo and the Zagato coachworks, the Junior Z proved very expensive to produce resulting in just 402 examples being produced as compared to 3,917 Alfa Romeo Montreals.
This lovely 1300 Junior Zagato is one of a limited number of examples known to be registered worldwide. This well presented low mileage Zagato was restored from the shell up, later becoming the Alfa Romeo Owner Club Concours winner in 1990 & 1991. The leather interior is supplied from specialist Uptons of Hastings, whilst an uprated limited slip differential helps keep the power on the road. Finished in the glorious shade of Alfa Rosso 501, and offered with a current UK MoT and UK V5 document, this lovely example would be pride-of-place for any Alfa collection.
|Auction Date||12th September 2019|
|Day of Auction||Day 1 - Thursday|
|Registration Number||EU Registered|
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