Lot 256 - 1995 Alfa Romeo RZ
|Odometer reading||12,000 km|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £29,680|
The Alfa Romeo SZ (Sprint Zagato) or ES-30 (Experimental Sportscar 3.0 litre) was a limited-production sports/road-concept car built between 1989 and 1991 with partnership via Zagato, Alfa Romeo and Fiat. It was unveiled as ES-30 in 1989 at the Geneva Motor Show as a prototype by Zagato, although the car was mainly built by them not designed mechanically. The Fiat design studio was responsible for the initial sketches while Antonio Castellana was largely responsible for the final styling details and interior. Mechanically and engine-wise, the car was based on the Alfa Romeo 75, production being carried out by Zagato near the Alfa factory in Arese. The thermoplastic injection moulded composite body panels were produced by Italian company Carplast and French company Stratime Cappelo Systems. The SZ was originally equipped with Pirelli P Zero tyres and is able to sustain over 1.1 G in cornering; some drivers have measured a cornering force of 1.4 G, which remains an excellent performance figure.
The two-seater hard roof version also saw a convertible version, the RZ (for Roadster Zagato), produced from 1992 until December 1994. Although almost identical to look at the two cars had completely different body panels save for the front wings and boot. Three colors were available as standard black yellow and red, with black and yellow being the more popular choices, 350 units were planned but production was halted after 252 units when the Zagato factory producing the cars for Alfa Romeo went in to receivership, a further 32 cars were then completed under the control of the receivers before production finished at 284 units, making the RZ the lowest production Alfa Romeo ever produced.
Offered here is a one owner, RZ roadster presented in gleaming yellow with black leather having covered just 12,000 kilometres since delivery from the dealership in Germany in 1995. With a full service history and all documents relating to the original sale including the authenticity certificate to confirm this as being no.145 of the production which is presented in a leather wallet for each owner this is an extremely rare piece of Alfa Romeo history in fabulous condition throughout. The owner had to scout out N912 LKX from a dealership in Germany in order to get his hands on this example and offered with a Valid MoT test certificate, V5, original dust cover and all the necessary history, bills and original handbooks this RZ is not only one for the purists and the collectors but one for the drivers!
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