1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ1 'Coda Tonda' by Zagato

Chassis No. 1012600102

Engine No. AR 00120

Serial No. 10126
Red with Black Interior

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato (SZ) was the light weight race version of the Giulietta that was specially prepared by Zagato in direct agreement with Alfa Romeo. It was based on the shorter chassis of the Giulietta Spider combined with the mechanicals of the racier Sprint Veloce. Franco Scaglione designed the body in Bertone's studio, while the aluminum panels were beat out by hand at Zagato's workshop and were reported to take up to 300 hours to make.

Because of its small size and aluminum bodywork, the SZ was much faster than its steel-bodied production counterparts and was the ultimate form of development for Alfa Romeo's Giulietta series. Furthermore, the car used a space frame chassis, which was totally unlike the production Giulietta. Zagato also used perspex side windows and a relatively sparse interior to help reduce weight. The overall shape of the car reflected the unofficial Sprint Veloce (SVZ) cars which were rebodied by Zagato as early as 1956.

The last 30 cars in the 200 car production run featured a long tail called the 'Coda Tronca' of which the entire body was much longer and was designed to penetrate the air better. Detail changes included a cut-off Kamm tail, narrower front air intake, a lower roof line, and the use of disc brakes up front.

By 1959 the SZ's replacement the Tubulore Zagato (TZ) was well underway and after extensive development the TZ was finally launched in 1963.

Paul Russell and Company is proud to offer Alfa Romeo SZ No. 00102 for sale. This Alfa Romeo SZ was delivered new from the factory to well-known American Alfa racer George Fogg III. Roughly 50 of the 213 SZs and SZTs built were delivered as new cars to active and well known GT class racers who used them only for racing. Only 6 Alfa Romeo SZs originally were delivered to US owners, this being one of them. This car was raced by George Fogg III extensively throughout the North East in the early '60s and was taken care of by the local dealer, Woburn Foreign Motors.

Mr. Fogg raced the car in the SCCA National Races at Bridgehampton in May of 1962, winning the CP class. Mr. Fogg returned again to Bridgehampton in September of 1962 for the 400km of Bridgehampton, this time with Gaston Andrey as co-driver. The duo finished a very respectable 8th overall against some of the biggest names of the era such as, Penske, Donohue, Hansgen, and Grossman. This is a fine testament to the overall speed and reliability of the Alfa SZ.

The car stayed in the North East until the mid to late '70s when it was advertised for sale in the Boston Globe classifieds in poor shape and sporting a purple-ish flake paint job. The car was then sold out of the Boston area. In 1998, the car resurfaced for sale in Charleston, South Carolina where it was purchased by vintage racer Bob Russell who brought it back to the car's original home state of Massachusetts. The SZ then went through a comprehensive two year ground-up mechanical restoration at KTR European Motorsports and was then again (vintage) raced up and down the East Coast. In 2007 Paul Russell and Company helped sell the car to its current owner, and for whom we are now again selling the car for. Its current owner raced the Alfa SZ many times, attending the Monterey Historic Races several years as well as using the car for vintage rallies.

This is a wonderfully rare car that has a rich racing history that has been lovingly maintained and enjoyed by its current owner. It is also eligible at almost all of the most prestigious automotive races and rallies in the world.


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