As if those weren’t enough to change the handling of the 1600 Junior Zagato by leaps and bounds, Alfaholics have also fitted a billet aluminum steering box and idler box casings. The interior specification and trimming are also bespoke to the Formula 1 legend’s requirements, which include heated seats, air conditioning, adjustable lumbar support, electric windows, Wilton wool carpet, Italian leather, Alcantara accents, and a pair of overnight bags.
If you were wondering which is the most difficult part of turning the original into the Alfaholics Zagato-R, that would be “remaking poor quality factory components to a high standard.” Alfa Romeo wasn’t known for build quality back in the 1960s and 1970s, and to this day, the Italian automaker lags behind the German competition by a serious margin because of FCA.
Moving on with the rest of the build, the six-pot brakes and coilover rear suspension are complemented by a close-ratio manual transmission and “an incredibly high mechanical specification” for the engine. The 2.1-liter TwinSpark is the culprit under the hood, packing 225 brake horsepower.
The finishing touches for the Zagato-R come in the guise of Z and R badging as well as a little plaque. The latter reads “Alfaholics Zagato-R Build 019 Chassis AR 1800292.” Given that only 402 examples of the 1600 Junior Zagato were ever made, Alfaholics Zagato-R is all the more special thanks to how the rarity intertwines with attention to detail and go-faster goodies.