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1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato (Coda Tonda)

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 which premiered at the 1960 Geneva Salon. Hand built by Zagato, entirely in aluminium and with plexiglass windows, the 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 his 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.

Historic Photographs show the car in action and that it competed in various historic rallies with Corsican driver Pierre Orsini at the helm between 1961-63;  These included Le Tour de France, Coupe des Alpes, Criterium Jean Behra, Criterium Alpin & the Targa Florio.  There is evidence that this car was prepared under the Italian team race manager Virgilio Conrero known for the turning of Alfa Romeo as well as Lancia & Opel.

Formerly part of the Banks’ family private collection (Alfaholics) for around 17 years during which they spent some 7-8 years carrying out it’s full restoration.

During restoration priority was given to retaining as much as possible of the original aluminium body and repairing the original roof, pillars, front scuttle, top front wings, rear bodywork & bonnet.  In addition, all the original Zagato screen surrounds, aluminium finishers, side window frames & internal screen cappings were polished and re-used to keep the car as authentic as possible.  The Zagato original build number (551) can be found marked on various trim/finisher components of the car.

The car has covered just 100 miles since completion of restoration, is Concours quality & race prepped with full FIA HTP papers.

In more recent years 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 the car was taken to Italy and participated in the two-day Mugello Classica rally event – winning 2 prizes – where the car performed to perfection and was well suited to the Event.

Available to view at our Loughton showroom – Please call with your enquiries & to make an appointment to view – 020 8418 9191 or 07836 522234.

 

 

 

 

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