Only 38,640 kilometres from new
1990 Alfa Romeo SZ Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato
Chassis no. ZAR13900003000445
Engine no. TBA
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' (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 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 Alfa Romeo SZ was only manufactured in left-hand drive form and this low-mileage example dating from 1990 was first registered in the UK in 1996. Prior to acquisition by the immediately preceding owner it belonged to a wealthy Middle Eastern owner and was kept in Knightsbridge, London from 1998 to 2007, being maintained by Ramponi Rockell Ltd of Bayswater. The service history dates back to new with only three previous owners, the last of whom covered around 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometres) during his ownership. It is understood that the car has been restored to 'as new' condition with all mechanical work completed by WAD of Wolverhampton, West Midlands. The current (fourth) owner purchased the Alfa in 2011. All bills, MoT certificates, original books, etc are contained within the history file. A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the most visually dramatic examples of Zagato's long-term collaboration with Alfa Romeo.
Rappelant les agiles Alfa SZ de la fin des années 1950, le provocant coupé SZ surnommé « le Monstre » étonna au salon de Genève 1989 par son style anguleux. Ces coupés en plastique avec toit en aluminium furent produits uniquement en conduite à gauche en série limitée. Cet exemplaire de 1990, immatriculé au Royaume-Uni en 1996, y est resté jusqu'en 2007. Il n' a eu que trois propriétaires avant l'actuel vendeur. Nous sommes informé qu'elle a été restaurée « comme neuve », elle est accompagnée de ses documents historiques, manuels et certificats MoT.
30,000 - 50,000
£25,000 - 42,000
US$ 39,000 - 64,000
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