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1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Zagato (Coda Tonda)

This car is concours quality restored and race prepped with full FIA HTP papers.

Formerly part of the Banks’ family private collection (Alfaholics) who owned it for some 17 years and who took around 7 years to complete its full restoration.

During restoration, retaining as much as possible of the original aluminium body was given priority as well as the roof, pillars, front scuttle, top front wings, rear bodywork & bonnet all being original repaired items.  In addition, all the beautifully manufactured original Zagato screen surrounds, aluminium finishers, side window frames & internal screen cappings were polished and re-used.

The Zagato original build number (551) can be found marked on various trim/finisher components of the car.

The car has only covered 100 miles since restoration completion.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ (for Sprint Zagato, officially the Tipo 101.26, or “Type 101.26”) was an aluminium-bodied 2-seater berlinetta, built by Zagato for competition use on the chassis and mechanicals of the Sprint Speciale.  A production competition version of the Giulietta, with lightened bodywork designed by Franco Scaglione for Bertone was then premiered at the 1960 Geneve Salon. Hand built by Zagato, entirely in aluminium and with plexiglass windows, the lightened Sprint Zagato (SZ) was light, fast, and expensive. Two hundred and seventeen were built, the original design with a rounded rear and with the last thirty (some say 46) receiving a longer kamm-style rear end as well as disc brakes up front. The original design is called the “Coda Tonda” (round tail), while the Kamm-design is referred to as the “Coda Tronca” (truncated tail).  The Coda Tronca is sometimes also referred to as the “SZ2”.  The first examples were built in December 1959, and production continued into 1962.  Zagato also rebodied a few existing cars with this bodywork, leading to discrepancies in the production numbers.

The SZ was very successful in racing – on both a national and international level – and helped Alfa Romeo secure a victory in the 1.3 litre class of the International Championship for GT Manufacturers in both 1962 & 1963.

This car competed in Le Tour de France, Coupe del Alpes, Criterium Jean Behra and Criterium Alpin throughout the 60’s.  (Period Photographs available)

More recently, the car tested 20 laps at Castle Combe and then competed at the Silverstone Classic 2017 beating the SZ lap record by 4 seconds.

In June 2018 I personally participated in the two-day Mugello Classica event – winning 2 prizes – where the car performed to perfection and was very well-suited for the Event.

The level of competition history and provenance sets this car apart and puts it in a very special category.

 

 

 

 

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