1992 Alfa Romeo SZ CoupÃ©, #526 of 1,028 made, 31k miles, SUPERB!
- Condition: Used
- Make: Alfa Romeo
- Model: Sprint Zagato
- SubModel: RARE! 1 of 1028
- Type: Coupe
- Year: 1910
- Mileage: 31000
- VIN: ZAR16200003000558
- Color: Red
- Engine size: 3.0 V6
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Power options: Power Locks, Power Windows
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Tan
- Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes
- Options: CD Player, Leather Seats
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1910 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato
1992 Alfa Romeo SZ CoupÃ©
Chassis no. ZAR16200003000558
â€¢ Number 526 of 1,028 made
â€¢ Only 50,000 kms, or 31,000 miles from new
Reviving its tradition of building special-bodied Alfa Romeos, including the original SZ (Sprint Zagato) competition coupÃ© of the late 1950s,CarrozzeriaZagato unveiled its outrageous new SZ at the 1989 Geneva Salon. Built at Zagatoâ€™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 â€˜ES 30â€™ (Experimental Sports 3.0-litre) but known popularly as â€˜Il Mostroâ€™ (The Monster) the aggressive-looking two-seater coupÃ© eschewed the rounded styling and aluminium-alloy coachwork hitherto associated with Zagatoâ€™s high-performance Alfas in favour of an angular bodyshell crafted in lightweight moulded plastic â€“ alloy roof excepted â€“ by Carplast, which was bonded to the floor pan of the existing Alfa 75. Lessons learned from the latterâ€™s IMSA racing programme influenced the SZâ€™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 Alfaâ€™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 bodyâ€™s exceptionally low drag coefficient of 0.30 Cd, the product of many hours spent in FIATâ€™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 this excellent example has been serviced regularly, and used sparingly, covering only some 31,000 miles over the course of the last 27 years.
Finished in red with beige leather interior it presents exceptionally well with only very minor blemishes to the cosmetics, conducive with age and mileage. The interior is excellent on all surfaces.
The car starts easily with a brand new battery. It idles well, and has great power. It shifts perfectly with a great, light clutch and sounds fantastic while itâ€™s doing it. Brakes, suspension and all electrical systems work as they should. Car is sold with a clean, clear Florida title.
A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these ultra-rare Zagato-built Alfa Romeos that can only become increasingly collectible.
For additional photos and information, please go to ClassicAvenue.com where you can see the promotional video from Alfa Romeo, Top Gear's glorious review andTop Gear Hong Kongâ€™s review of the car, where it is â€œlike a layer of cakeâ€ and â€œchoosing a wife is going to be this oneâ€. High praise, indeed.