From The Patrick Collection, one owner, 3,580 miles from new 1990 Alfa Romeo SZ Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato Registration no. 558 SZ Chassis no. ZAR16200003000077 Engine no. 1394230000051
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. Originally typed 'ES-30', 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 plastic - alloy roof excepted - and bonded to the floorpan of the existing Alfa 75. Lessons learned from the latter's race programme influenced the development of the SZ's suspension, which endowed the car with superlative handling and roadholding. Powering the SZ to its highly respectable 152mph top speed was a 206bhp version of Alfa's superb 3.0-litre four-cam V6, widely recognised as one of the finest power plants of recent times. Demand for the 1,000-or-so units scheduled for series production greatly exceeded supply, and today this rare and highly individual supercar is much sought after. The limited edition Alfa Romeo SZ was only manufactured in left-hand drive form, and this low-mileage example is one of only a relative handful supplied new in the UK. As one would expect from such low mileage and careful ownership, the body and paintwork are straight and very clean, as is the interior. The only signs of age are some de-lamination at the bottom of the windscreen and a torn rubber flange on the driver's sill plate. Other than that, this SZ looks like new. Carrying the most appropriate registration number '558 SZ', the car comes with sundry bills, assorted correspondence, ES-30 publicity folder and owner's wallet. The latter's service voucher booklet has just one main agent stamp, dated 1991 at 563 miles, the Alfa having been looked after in-house by the resident curator since then. Other accompanying documentation includes ten expired MoTs dating from 1994 (at 1,428 miles) to 2009 (at 3,530 miles), SORN, Swansea V5 registration document and MoT to August 2011.