*This is a translation done by a machine.
Z in the car name is an acronym for Zagat, a famous Italian carrozzeria that celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2019. Based on the famous Junior series of vehicles carrying Alfa Romeo in the mid-60s, the model equipped with Zagat's original aerodynamic body was the Junior Z, which was born in 1969.
Styling was done by El Corre Sperda, who supported the golden age of Zagat in the 60s, and was almost the last work of his time at Zagat (Spada came back to Zagat in the 90s.).
The design is totally different from the base 1300 GT Junior and 1300 Spider Junior in that it has a very unique straight line style, which is a sign of the coming wedge shape design boom in the 70's. At first glance, it looks unbalanced, but the more you look at it, the more cool it is. In the interior, the design around the dashboard is exclusive to Zagat.
In 72, with a minor change to the base model, the engine displacement increased by 300 cc to 1600 Junior Z. The power of the straight 4DOHC engine increased by 20 horsepower to 108 horsepower. Junior Z and 1600 Junior Z look almost the same at first glance, but there are actually many differences. It is famous that the tail end of 1600 is 10 centimeters longer, but it is difficult to judge unless you compare the two at the same time. If you want to distinguish between 1300 and 1600 independently, it's better to judge by the lid position of the fuel tank. If there is a lid on the left, Junior Z is 1600.
The total production of the Junior Z is only a little over 1100 units, while that of the 1600 Junior Z is only 400 units. In any case, it can be said that this is a very valuable model.
|Jun Nishikawa’s Highlights!|
Junior Z (1300) of 1970 model, which is highly original. If you are a classic car enthusiast, just knowing that this individual has an ASI gold plate (# 31054) will give you credit for its originality!
After being registered in 1970, it was transferred to Pistoia for registration in 1978, and was given an Italian old license plate "PT 181643" which is still installed on the car. It seems to have been treated with great care in Italy since then, probably until 2011. Even after it was imported to Japan in 2012, it kept its original condition and came to the current owner. Documents from that time are still there.
There are small tears in parts of the interior and some paint floats on the hood, but overall the condition is very good and the atmosphere is quite good. It is an ASI (Italian Classic Car Association) certified individual.
Besides the unique exterior design, I fell in love with the simple black interior.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on April 2019
|Year of Purchase||Mar 2013|