A final look at a classic from today's Historics Auction at Brooklands Museum.
You can't deny the colour on our choice today is eye catching if nothing else. So here is a little sporty number in a pretty green dress.
1972 ALFA ROMEO JUNIOR ZAGATO
In 1969, Zagato produced the exquisitely styled GT 1300 Junior Z
that was of a completely new design to anything that had preceded
it. By fitting the standard production Alfa Romeo 1290 cc twin cam
engine and five speed gearbox into the body, built upon a Zagato
space-frame, constructed for lightness and strength, the Junior Z
not only looked good but also performed well with a top speed of
109mph being achieved. The individualistic design meant a high
price resulting in only 1500 units being manufactured.
We are delighted to offer a wonderful and rare example of the Alfa
Romeo Junior Zagato that has been in long term ownership since
1988. On purchase, the Junior Zagato was used for about one year
and then stored until recently, whereupon a full nut and bolt
restoration was undertaken and has just been completed. A large
history file that covers the current ownership records all
correspondence and invoices and as the owner is very particular an
ethos of a 'no expense spared policy' this has resulted in the
exceptional motor car you see today. Not only does it look
attractive but it operates exactly as designed, with the advantage
of the larger 2.0litre Alfa Romeo engine that produces much more
torque than the original unit; it is important to note that the
rarity value of this Zagato far outweighs the fact that the engine
has been upgraded. The Alfa Romeo AR 241 verde coloured coachwork
is in exceptional condition and follows into the finely detailed
engine bay. A look on the undersides confirms the quality of this
car, with that also in exceptional condition. The interior has been
re-trimmed with tan leather seats and new carpets. The electrically
operated hatch has had the motor overhauled and operates easily and
quickly. The car starts easily and displays no evidence of smoking,
hardly surprising given the rebuild. Maintenance is relatively easy
and cost effective as there are several UK specialists catering for
the Alfa Romeo models of this period.
The Junior Zagato is UK registered and is accompanied by an MoT
test certificate valid until May 2015 and an historic road fund
licence, enabling the lucky new owner to drive away from the sale.
With period coach built motor cars becoming more and more sought
after, what better way to enter such ownership than with this
beautifully styled Italian motor car which is available at a very