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. The specially designated 1600 high performance “S” engines for the Junior Z were fitted with double twin choke Weber Carburetors and featured a unique Zagato “Ram Air” induction system fed by eight openings in the front clear headlight cover. The car’s high performance mechanical specification and lightweight construction prohibited Alfa Romeo from originally offering the car in the United States. 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 Alfa Romeo GT Zagato comes with the larger 1600 cc engine and was imported from Italy to the Netherlands over 30 years ago, where it spends its life in a collection of mainly Italian sports cars. The car was restored extensively in 2007 and is described by its vendor to be in excellent condition throughout. It has also been featured in a Dutch article in 2014 by CitroMan in comparison to a Lancia Fulvia Sport, a copy of which is available in the cars file. Presented here with Dutch vehicle registration, this is indeed a superb specimen of the sought after Zagato clothed version and very desirable not only amongst the Alfisti fraternity.