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Delightful Alfa Romeo GT Junior Zagato in Historics Auction

Published 20 July 2014

This gorgeous 1972 Alfa Romeo GT Junior Zagato is one of the early entries in Historics August 30th Classic and Historics auction at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey.

In 1969, Zagato put into small scale production the exquisitely styled GT 1300 Junior Z. It used the standard production Alfa Romeo 1,290 cc twin cam engine and five speed gearbox in a unique Zagato space-frame body. The Junior Z not only looked good but also performed well with a top speed of 109mph. The individualistic design meant a high price resulting in only 1500 GT Zagato Juniors being built. 

This Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato that has been in long term ownership since 1988. After purchase, the car was used for about a year, then stored until recently when a full nut and bolt restoration was undertaken and has just been completed.

A large history file covers the current ownership records all correspondence and invoices and as the owner is very particular with an ethos of a 'no expense spared policy' this has resulted in the exceptional example of this rare car. Not only does it look attractive but it operates exactly as designed, with the advantage of a larger 2.0 litre Alfa Romeo engine that produces much more torque than the original unit. (It is worth noinge 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 of £18,000 - £25,000.

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