One of the oldest and most respected of automotive design firms, Carrozzeria Zagato first became associated with Alfa Romeo in the 1920s.
Zagato produced a series of lightweight competition cars on the Milanese manufacturer's chassis that nevertheless proved capable of winning the arduous Mille Miglia on numerous occasions.
Zagato was quick to exploit the popularity of the new GT racing category after WWII, supplying factory teams and catering for the privateer scene with road-able cars that could be driven competitively on the racetrack during the weekend.
The creator of some of the most memorable designs of this, arguably Zagato's most productive period, was Ercole Spada. Favouring soft, fluent, aerodynamic lines, Spada introduced the sawn-off tail on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato.
Ercole Spada was also responsible for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and 2600 SZs and the GT Junior Zagato, the latter being the last Alfa Romeo design developed under the stewardship of company founder, Ugo Zagato.
Based on the mechanicals of the 105 Series Giulia saloon, the Junior Z was introduced for 1969 in 1.300cc form before being upgraded with the 1.570cc engine in 1972.
Lighter than the Alfa production models from which it was derived, despite – unusually for a Zagato design – having steel body panels rather than aluminium, the Junior Zagato was compact, nimble, aerodynamically efficient and, of course, fast, with a top speed of 190 km/h.
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