A real little sports car with a lot more oomph than you would have believed from the numbers alone, the Alfa Romeo Junior Z was produced from 1970 to 1975, and sported a decidedly modern look, complete with was was a precursor to the integral spoiler which is so common today. Offered originally with an 87 horsepower, 1.3 liter four-cylinder engine, it was soon upgraded to a 1.6 liter, 113 horsepower engine, which provided a noticeable improvement on acceleration and pick-up performance.
These stylish little cars were relatively expensive and somewhat unreliable, which hobbled their performance on the market. In the end, only a total of 1,510 Alfa Romeo Junior Z were produced, of which only 402 had the more powerful 1,590cc engine.
The Alfa Romeo Junior Z top-speed was between 115-118 mph (or 184-189 km/h), depending on the version, and acceleration a respectable 9-11 seconds to 60 mph. While these numbers may seem relatively uninspired, the Alfa Romeo Junior Z provided a driving enjoyment that does not reside in chest-crushing acceleration. It relied on it agility, limited weight and high-revving engine to deliver performance!