One currently for sale
This recreation TI Super, built up around a 1600 shell, has been a race car in Scandinavia for 30 years – and reputedly with some success. It is being offered by Nikolaj Mortensen at Ziggy Racing in Denmark for €23,000 (£20,250).
The left-hand-drive car has a zero-miles TI Super engine built by leading Danish Alfa specialist Stelvio Automobili and a close-ratio synchro gearbox that “would cost a fortune”, according to Mortensen. It comes with brand-new local historic papers and an expired FIA HTP passport.
“The engine was getting a bit tired,” says Mortensen, who briefly raced the car himself. “Everything on it has been rebuilt or replaced, except for the crankshaft, which is an original TI Super component. It was in good condition, so it has only been polished rather than being reground.”
Alfa Romeos may not have the most glowing of reliability records, but Mortensen claims that TI Supers are pretty much unburstable. “These cars never break and they are much cheaper to maintain and run than the equivalent, like a Ford Lotus Cortina,” Mortensen says. “A TI Super is never going to be quicker than a Cortina because ultimately it’s a heavier car and it also has less power. But a good driver in an Alfa can definitely still get in among them.”
For anybody wondering about the heritage of the Ziggy Racing name, it stems from team driver Christian Hope, who is head of the Danish Café Ziggy chain.
Ziggy Racing, Nyholms Alle 4D 2TVMF, 2610 Roedovre, Denmark
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