1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080

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1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta
Chassis no. 080

Sold for £ 254,500 (US$ 312,791) inc. premium
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato

Chassis no. 080
Though immensely successful as a competition car, Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Sprint Zagato had been based on the road-going Giulietta Spider platform, a compromise that suited clients who wanted a touring car that could be raced at weekends. As the 1960s dawned though, the need to keep the Milanese marque’s name to the fore in international GT racing led to an entirely new Alfa Romeo, one designed from the outset with competition in mind. The result was that most desirable of post-war, four-cylinder Alfa Romeos - the Giulia Tubolare Zagato, or ‘TZ’ for short.
In 1959, the Alfa Romeo experimental department under senior engineer Giuseppe Busso began work on a small-capacity Gran Turismo to contest the classic endurance races. First displayed, in prototype form at the Turin Motor Show in October 1962, this new competizione model took its ‘Giulia’ designation from Alfa Romeo’s recently introduced 1.6-litre passenger car range. The Giulia TZ was constructed around a state-of-the-art, multi-tubular spaceframe - hence the name tubolare – complemented by all-round independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Like its SZ forebear, the TZ employed wind-cheating, lightweight, aluminium-alloy coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato and took its designer’s already fanatical commitment to weight saving even further. As a result the TZ tipped the scales at an astonishing 660kg, some 75kg lighter than the SZ, and with as much as 160bhp available from its 1,570cc twin-cam four-cylinder engine in race tune, was the class of the GT field in its day.
The production TZ was launched at the Geneva Salon in March 1963. Ferrari star Lorenzo Bandini gave the TZ victory on its racing debut at Monza in November that same year, with TZs filling the next three places, and from then on Alfa’s ‘baby GTO’ proved virtually unbeatable. In 1964, the cars made their international debut in the Sebring 12 Hours, winning their class. They won it again in the Targa Florio, the Nurburgring l,000kms and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The French rally crew Rolland/Augias won the Alpine classic after finishing second in the Tour de Corse and added success in the Tour de France and Paris l,000kms. Lower, lighter and even more powerful, the successor TZ2 model was introduced at the 1965 Monza l,000kms, and while the (retrospectively renamed) TZ1 continued in competition, the TZ2 was dominant by the autumn of that year.
Embodying all the spirit and flair associated with the finest of Italian automotive design, the TZ was hand built in limited numbers, a mere 100 being required to satisfy the conditions for homologation. When production ceased in 1967, 112 TZ1s had been constructed by Alfa’s racing subsidiary, Autodelta, approximately one third of which are believed to have succumbed to the hazards of racing. Rare and highly sought after, the pretty and potent TZ remains a major force in historic motor sport, being eligible for a wide variety of the most prestigious events.
Chassis number 080 was delivered new in April 1965 by French marque importer SOFAR (Société Française Alfa Romeo) to first owner Claude Journot. The car comes with continuous history of all owners from new and as the car never left France the French registration numbers of all owners with dates of ownership can be supplied to interested parties. In superb condition after a ground up meticulous restoration while in the ownership of Bernard Consten since 1990 the unmolested TZ1 chassis number 080 was to best of our knowledge never damaged in spite of some minor French period competition history including the 1965 Rallye de Lorraine, 1966 Cevennes Hill Climb and 1966 Tour de Corse. Following this concours standard restoration which is fully photo documented, including the original bare metal tubular chassis, the car fitted with its matching numbers engine tuned for competition use, won an award at the 2002 edition of the Saint Raphaël ‘Golf de Valescure’ concours d’élégance, which is a testimony to its current condition. It has completed less than 5.000km since restoration and participated in a trouble free 2008 edition of the Coupe des Alpes rerun with the 1958 event winner Bernard Consten himself at the wheel. A rare and sublime post war Alfa Romeo offered with a comprehensive file which includes a TZ1 sales brochure.
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 080
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