- From work of art to yard art... (image: Google Maps)

The saddest car in all of Portland

This poor Alfa Junior Z has been in the same spot for years

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The most recent spot of the week winner reminded me of a car I see quite often here in town: another rare Alfa, not in quite such good shape. In the corner of a dusty lot in front of an auto repair shop on Foster Road sits an Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato, one of only about 1100 made. Alfa scholars will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's the early 1300 model.

I first noticed this car about ten years ago. Google Street View in this area has a huge gap in history between 2007 and 2014; the car appears somewhere during that timeframe. 2010 is the year that comes to mind that I first saw it.

Here it is in 2014, with air still in the tires. Note also the Giulia or Giulietta Spider shell. (image: Google Maps)

Here it is in 2014, with air still in the tires. Note also the Giulia or Giulietta Spider shell. (image: Google Maps)

I'm sure that, if you asked, you would be told the car is not for sale, and probably chased off the property. This is someone's pride and joy, the car they're "gonna fix up someday," only that day hasn't come in a decade and isn't likely to. It looks like someone has sprayed a little primer and rust-inhibitor on it over the years, but otherwise it has been left to rot, on a busy street, in all weather, for nearly as long as I've lived here.

Here's what it's supposed to look like. (image: Bring A Trailer)

Here's what it's supposed to look like. (image: Bring A Trailer)

I do hope that someone someday fixes it up. It makes me sad to see it sitting there rotting away, slowly sinking into the asphalt, instead of tucked away in a garage stalll waiting for someone to give it the attention it deserves.

I'll tell you one thing: if I'm ever in a position to make him an offer on it, I will...

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Comments (31)

  • Well I think we should quote Ferris Bueller here ...."a man with priorities so far out of whack doesn't deserve such a fine automobile "

      1 month ago
  • Maybe you should just 'make an enquiry' - might inspire the owner to do something with it. or even sell it to you! - would be a good restoration article

      1 month ago
    • I might, but I have no money for it, no space, no time, and a hungry MGB to feed. It would just sit at my house rusting insetad of where it is.

        1 month ago
    • Or you could buy it, give it a wash then sell it using the hungry MGB argument and both save the car and maybe make a few bucks...

        1 month ago
  • I live in SE Portland, not far from Foster. I am willing to contact the owner to inquire why the car is still sitting there. My guess is they think they're sitting on a gold mine and are asking way too much money for it.

    BTW - I love this post. Stories like this are a lot of fun!

      1 month ago
    • No one was at the shop - but I did get a closer look. Wow, what a cool car! It does have a lot of rust though, which might be why it is still sitting there.

        1 month ago
    • You're right, it is the saddest car in the world. Such an interesting and unique car. I don't understand how anyone could allow it to just sit there, out in the weather, rotting. :(

        1 month ago
  • Which Portland?

      1 month ago
  • Oof

      1 month ago
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