Alfa Romeo SZ 1991 – UK

Alfa Romeo wraz z Zagato ożywiły tradycję budowania specjalnych, sportowych wersji samochodów, prezentując w 1989 roku na salonie w Genewie ekstrawagancki model SZ, nawiązujący nazwą do modelu Sprint Zagato z końca lat 50-tych XX wieku. SZ, budowane w manufakturze Zagato w Terrazzano di Rho, było projektem powstałym we współpracy z działem designu Alfa Romeo oraz Fiatem, a za pierwsze szkice projektu odpowiadał Francuz, Robert Opron. Model zrywał z zaokrągloną stylistykę samochodów ówczesnych lat i szybko uzyskał miano „Il Mostro” („Potwór”). Jego agresywnie wyglądające, dwumiejscowe nadwozie w stylu coupé, wykonane zostało z tworzyw sztucznych i aluminium, którymi nakryto płytę podłogową Alfy Romeo 75. Jej dopracowane w wyścigach zawieszenie pozwalało znieść przeciążenia w zakrętach dochodzące do 1,4 G. Cała konstrukcja napędzana była jednostką V6 Busso Alfy, która osiągała moc 210 KM. Powstało 1036 egzemplarzy Alfa Romeo SZ oraz 278 sztuk z otwartym nadwoziem RZ. Wystawiona na aukcji Alfa to coupe o numerze 335 z przebiegiem jedynie 35000 mil. Wyceniona została na 45 -65 tysięcy funtów, czyli około 210 – 310 tysięcy złotych.


Link: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24125/lot/232/

Lot 232
1991 ALFA ROMEO SZ
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato
Registration no. H761 EPX
Chassis no. ZAR16200003000373
£45,000 – 65,000
PLN 210,000 – 310,000

LONDON OLYMPIA
Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia
6 Dec 2017, 14:00 GMT

LONDON, OLYMPIA

1991 Alfa Romeo SZ
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato
Registration no. H761 EPX
Chassis no. ZAR16200003000373
• Number '335′ of 1,036 made
• Delivered new in the UK
• Left-hand drive
• Believed genuine circa 35,000 miles from new
• Original book pack and books

FOOTNOTES
Reviving its tradition of building special-bodied Alfa Romeos, including the original SZ (Sprint Zagato) competition coupé of the late 1950s, Carrozzeria Zagato unveiled its outrageous new SZ at the 1989 Geneva Salon. Built at Zagato’s factory at Terrazano di Rho, the SZ was a joint project that also involved the styling departments of both Alfa Romeo and its parent company, FIAT, whose Robert Opron was responsible for the initial sketches.

Originally typed 'ES 30′ (Experimental Sports 3.0-litre) but known popularly as 'Il Mostro' (The Monster) the aggressive-looking two-seater coupé eschewed the rounded styling and aluminium-alloy coachwork hitherto associated with Zagato’s high-performance Alfas in favour of an angular bodyshell crafted in lightweight moulded plastic – alloy roof excepted – by Carplast, which was bonded to the floor pan of the existing Alfa 75. Lessons learned from the latter’s IMSA racing programme influenced the SZ’s suspension, which endowed the car with superlative handling and roadholding, some drivers recording lateral cornering forces of up to 1.4G during testing. Suspension development was overseen by engineer Giorgio Pianta, formerly team manager of the FIAT and Lancia works rallying teams. There was power assisted steering but no ABS.

Powering the SZ to its highly respectable 152mph top speed was a 210bhp version of Alfa’s superb 3.0-litre four-cam V6, widely recognised as one of the finest power plants of recent times. This excellent performance was achieved thanks partly to the body’s exceptionally low drag coefficient of 0.30 Cd, the product of many hours spent in FIAT’s wind tunnel.

Demand for the 1,000-or-so SZs scheduled for series production greatly exceeded supply, and today this rare and highly individual supercar is much sought after. There was also an even rarer open spyder version: the RZ.

The limited edition Alfa Romeo SZ was only manufactured in left-hand drive form, and the car offered here is one of only a relative handful supplied new to the UK. Finished in red with tan leather interior, 'H761 EPX' is described by the private vendor as in generally very good condition, and comes complete with its original book pack and books. Accompanying documentation consists of the original Certificato di Collaudo, a V5C registration document, and MoT to November 2018. A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these ultra-rare Zagato-built Alfa Romeos that can only become increasingly collectible.