Lot 216 - 1972 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato (2.0 litre)
|Engine Number||AR00512 25689|
|Odometer reading||57,414 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,240|
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 reasonable estimate.
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