No double bubble. But it was a Coda Tronca. Produced by Zagato. Designed by Ercole Spada. And it’s always been hard to me to imagine this car being from 1969, I know plenty of cars from the ‘80's not looking any more modern than this one. Even from Alfa Romeo themselves.

Because yes: It’s an Alfa Romeo. The Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Z. The second gen Junior Z as a matter of fact as it’s the successor of the “plain” Junior Z which had a 1300cc engine. And a slightly different rear. Because the initial jr. Z was built on a shortened (Giulia) Spider (tipo 105.03) floorpan (with a fuel tank of the Montreal) and the 1600 was based on the regular floorpan. With the normal fuel tank. Resulting in a slightly longer/sleeker kamm back with bigger taillights. Easiest way to distinguish the 1600 from the 1300 is probably the fuelcap though: left for the 1600, right for the 1300.

And the changes resulted in getting more power of course. 20+ hp. Lifting it’s top speed to 190 km/h / 118 mph . And sprinting to 60 mph within 9 seconds. Not bad. It’s aerodynamics and weight (950 kgs) certainly played a big part in this.

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That rear hatch had a fantastic feature by the way. It could be lifted a bit to create a nice airflow. And the driver could operate it with a touch of a button. It could not be otherwise as the Jr.Z was a real two seater so no one in the back could help you with it anyway.

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It wasn’t a huge success. Zagato sold over 1000 Junior Z’s, that wasn’t that bad for a small coach builder. The 1600 was another story though. In two years time (1972/1974) they built slightly over 400 units. But it took Zagato another 2 years to finally sell the last one in 1975.

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The model itself is a small 1/64 from Kyosho. They’ve got two more colors of it but I just wanted the yellow one. Somehow I’m sure our Kyosho connaisseur 13 has all three of ‘m ;-) Saluti tutti!