1991 ALFA ROMEO S.Z. // ZAGATO SPECIAL // ONLY 16K KM // FLAWLESS For Sale
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|FOR SALE; Zagato Special // Only 16k Kms // Flawless Original Condition|
Koni Adjustable Hydraulic Damper System, Electric Windows, Electric Door Mirrors, Leather Luggage Straps, Oil Temp Gauge, Oil Pressure Gauge, Voltmeter, Spare Wheel, Heated Rear Screen.
The SV was nicknamed Il Mostro, or the Monster, due to its angular thermoplastic injection-moulded composite body panels creating a unique profile that is as divisive now as it was at launch against the likes of the Ford Sierra and W124 Mercedes. The porous nature of the composite bodywork can become problematic over time but this example enjoyed the benefit of a full documented repaint only recently and as such displays none of the usual micro blistering commonly found. The deep, wide front end housing the hallmark trio of headlights appears immaculate with the huge high shoulder flanks presenting straight and true. Whilst the matte paint on the rear spoiler, roof and pillars show very well. The Zagato also comes with a fitted car cover.
The squat, purposeful and downright pugnacious styling is rightly finding it’s place amongst the much lauded 90’s sports elite.
Sporting a much more conventional arrangement, the cabin provides a luxurious appointment of soft tan leather that meets a wrap around dash finished off by a timeless MOMO centre piece. Vision is excellent as glass dominates the top of the car; promoting an airy and spacious feel beyond the dimensions on offer. Ergonomics have clearly been well thought out with all key switches and dials within easy reach / line of sight whilst the contrasting black leather breaks up the tan rich environment. The rear storage area looks to be in fine condition, with stitched leather straps and carpet area appearing unused.
Seats present beautifully, having done minimal mileage they are tight and plump, whilst door cards and headlining show as new. Texture on the steering wheel and gear knob is deep and shows little signs of use with the interior still smelling fresh and new.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Mechanically the SZ was based on Alfa Romeo’s 75 America production model with the 3.0 litre V6 light alloy engine tuned by Alfa’s motor sport department Alfa Corse. The engine’s compression ratio was enlarged to 10:1, the double overhead camshafts received a sharper cam profile and the Bosch Motronic engine management system was reprogrammed with subsequent output now raised at least 20 hp to 210 hp. The sonorous V6 is in fine fettle; a broad spread of torque contributing to generous performance whether at cruise or pressing on.
Alfa’s competition department were also let loose on the handling; the underpinnings of racing Group A/IMSA Alfa 75s were used as a basis for the suspension geometry.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 10 hole split rims by Speedline present beautifully, providing a spectacular design against the unique bodywork. The continuation of the pepperpot theme seen on previous models survives up to this day – a design that has spanned generations that is synonymous with the marque.
Matching Pirelli rubber ensures that the handling is at it’s best; plenty of tread remains on all four corners.
This Zagato was first supplied and registered on 4th December 1991 in Japan. Having spent the majority of its life there and with minimal mileage covered, it has meant it has remained in near perfect original condition.
There are 14 Japanese service invoices that feature in the history file with further servicing work in the UK after it’s arrival here in early 2016 with its still current owner and car collector.
The car has also had a full body respray recently carried out to rectify the common micro blistering that occurs with the porous body panels, this is documented with photographic records beforehand.
Please visit our website for a full write up and additional photographs.
The car is supplied having had an extensive intake inspection. Warranty, Finance, Part Exchange and Worldwide shipping are all available on request.
Buy with confidence: we operate from a 10,000sq ft indoor showroom with the support of a fully functioning 4000sq ft preparation and service centre that includes a professional photo studio that is used by Top Gear, McLaren and Alpine Stars. We have a passionate team that work incredibly hard to ensure all our motor cars go through our rigorous and unique sales process so they are presented in the best possible condition and light, then found homes all over the world.
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