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1961 Alfa Giulietta SZ Zagato For Sale

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  • £799,995 As stated
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Price £799,995 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category FIA Race Cars
Make Alfa Romeo
Model Giulietta
  Giulietta SZ Zagato
Year 1961
Mileage 100 miles
Country UK
Region Essex
Telephone 02080 334880
Status Trade
Date 12-Jan-2021
Ref C1198994
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Zagato (Coda Tonda).

This car is absolutely concours quality restored and race prepped with full FIA HTP papers.

Formerly part of the Banks' family private collection (Alfaholics) who owned for some 17 years and who took around 7 years to complete its full restoration.

During restoration, a real priority was given to retaining as much as possible of the original aluminium body - the roof, pillars, front scuttle, top halves of front wings, rear bodywork & bonnet are all original repaired items. In addition, all the beautifully manufactured original Zagato screen surrounds, aluminium finishers, side window frames & internal screen cappings were polished and re-used.

The Zagato original build number (551) can be found marked on various trim/finisher components of the car.

The car has only covered 100 miles since restoration completion.

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 was then premiered at the 1960 Geneve Salon. Hand built by Zagato, entirely in aluminium and with plexiglass windows, the lightened 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 this 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 1962 & 1963.

There are period photographs available from the 60's at the Le Tour de France, Coupe del Alpes, Criterium Jean Behra and Criterium Alpin.

More recently, 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 I participated in the two-day Mugello Classica event - where the car performed without issue and so much better than I could have ever have imagined.


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