Who needs Hedge Funds: Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato
We did our best today but honestly, we didn’t find nor were we presented with anything Mintworthy. Until our hero for the day stepped in. He’s Fred R. and this is his first submission and it is a good one – a rare Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato. Back in the late 60s, Alfa’s marketing managers found out that there could be an additional market segment to tap into. They thought younger drivers desired a sporty, original and compact GT from Alfa Romeo. At the Turin Auto Show, Alfa’s capo had a chat with Elio Zagato and told him to come up with something new and sporty. The result is a rather dramatic wedge shape, devoid of large pieces of chrome. It was described by some as having a taut skin stretched over the chassis. It went into limited production and it was relatively expensive mainly because it was bit labor intensive to build. In the Maggiora plant in Turin the complete bodywork was done on purposely built special jigs. The complete body shells were then delivered to Alfa Romeo’s Arese plant where they were primer coated. From there the bodies were then delivered to the Zagato factory in Terrazzano di Rho. Here the bodies were sprayed in acrylic finish and trimmed. Fred’s find was originally registered in the Canary Islands. It is said to be totally original in paint and interior and with only 26,000 miles. We love the rear decklid’s clever vent position. So very Zagato and used on another Mint favorite, the Lancia Fulvia Zagato. The Sports Car Market Guide has these wedgies rated at 5-stars and that means it will outperform the market and increase by 25% by next year! Now that’s a portfolio we want. The Buy It Now is $35,000. Depending on where you live, you could add a bunch for transport and still be reasonably okay. Click here for the eBay listing.