Mighty Mouse – AUTOart Alfa-Romeo Giulia TZ2

Oct 04, 2012 2 Comments by

 

Many experts consider the Alfa-Romeo TZ2 one of the finest GT racers ever built, second only to its bigger cousin, the Ferrari 250 GTO. The lightweight little car had a 1570 cc four-cylinder DOHC twin-plug engine (modified for racing, or course), and it’s a rare ride, too: only 10 or 12 of the fiberglass-bodied racers were built for Alfa Romeo by Carlo Chiti’s Autodelta. Raced in Europe, TZ2’s had wins at the 1967 Nurburgring 1000 km and the Reims1000 km, and they can sell at auction for seven figures. AUTOart’s 1:18scale replica is a pretty little piece that goes note-for note with the 1:1. The shape and stance are spot-on; our favorite exterior detail is the articulated wiper arm. Going deep is easy, because the nose hinges up from the front, allowing access to the nicely-detailed engine. Wiring is at a minimum (as it should be, for a car of this vintage), as is the equally minimalist and authentic interior. This is a beautifully executed model of a classic, though mostly forgotten, Italian car. Pay it some attention – it’s very, very good.  – Bill Bennett

 

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I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover.My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too.Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.

2 Responses to “Mighty Mouse – AUTOart Alfa-Romeo Giulia TZ2”

  1. Maurice Doll says:

    Right you are Andy. It’s been a feast recently for 60s Alfa lovers with AA releasing the TZ, TZ2 and now the T33 Stradale – wow! Now bring on the T33 Periscopica and the later Le mans racing variants!

  2. BoB Geco says:

    Bill
    bill

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