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Mighty Mouse

Alfa-Romeo Giulia TZ2
1:18 | $165


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, TZ2s had wins at the 1967 Nurburgring 1000km and the Reims 1000km, and they can sell at auction for seven figures. AUTOart’s 1:18 scale 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 autoartmodels.com

Updated: July 22, 2014 — 3:50 PM

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