Lot 246 - 1990 Alfa Romeo SZ ‘Il Mostro’
|Odometer reading||58,000 km|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £29,120|
Zagato's new SZ (Sprint Zagato), or ES30 (Experimental Sportscar 3.0 litre) was nicknamed 'Il Mostro' (The Monster). From its first sketch to its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1989, only took 19 months. Designed by Walter de Silva, who was later to design Alfa Romeo's very successful 156, the SZ was based upon the Alfa Romeo 75 3.0 litre chassis. Walter worked in conjunction with Zagato and came up with this aggressive and brutal design, resulting in the 'Il Mostro' as offered today.
The structure is clothed with a composite body with an aluminium roof section resulting in a lightweight but strong design. The prototype spent many hours in Fiat's wind tunnel, and the engineers did an incredible job getting the front profile design's drag factor down to 0.30 while still managing to create down force; especially challenging as the car is shaped like an aircraft wing. The SZ has few driver aids, not even ABS, which results into a real driver's car. At speed the car settles on the road and you can easily cross continents whilst keeping the occupants in comfort. The SZ has an incredible cornering ability that makes it really special, a factor assisted by its near 50-50 weight distribution over both axles.
We are delighted to offer car number 090 which has an interesting history. The original engine was removed and a similar unit from a 3.0 litre, 164 installed and supercharged. In this format, the SZ was featured in the popular Auto Italia magazine, however; the supercharger has now been removed but is available with the car if a new owner wishes to re-instate it. In recent times, the SZ has been under the care of Alex Jupe of Alex Jupe Motorsport, one of the leading specialists in the Alfa Romeo Alfetta and 75 based models. Under Alex's care, the SZ has had a Squadra chip installed, gaining a further 10 to 15bhp and fresh coolant and plugs. The front brakes have been uprated to Brembo four-pot calipers with 320mm discs attached to aluminium hubs that assist heat transfer. The alloy wheels, which commonly suffer from corrosion issues, have been replaced with one of the last set of genuine items and are still as new. The SZ was only offered in lefthand drive with red coachwork and tan leather interior. The coachwork is striking in red but does suffer from its common malady of some very minor micro blistering on the bonnet but otherwise is very good. To the interior, the smell of the leather is immediately apparent with the trim all in good order. The SZ comes with its indoor silk cover and will arrive at the sale with its SZ number plate and an MoT test certificate valid until February 2016.
With a low estimate, this surely represents an opportunity to own one of Alfa Romeo and Zagato's most sensational motor cars.
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