Alfa Romeo TZ
One of the most desirable of all of the post-war Alfas, TZs were and continue to be considered as Alfa Romeo’s version of Ferrari’s GTO. Ranking in rarity with the very best sports cars, only about 112 were built between 1963 and 1967. At the October 1963 FISA Cup at Monza, Alfa introduced a competition Giulia, named “TZ” for its “Tubolare” space frame chassis and striking lightweight "Zagato" coachwork. At this race, TZs finished 1-2-3-4 in their class – an extraordinary debut achievement. In 1964, the TZ was FIA-homologated and immediately began logging an impressive string of victories.
TZs raced in the most important races, were driven by some of the best drivers at the time and competed against the likes of Ferrari 250 GTOs, Shelby Cobras, Maserati Birdcages and Porsche 904s. At the 1964 Targa Florio alone, Porsche took the first two spots with 904s, Alfa Romeo came in third and fourth with TZs, and Ferrari with their 250 GTOs took fifth. Class wins at Sebring, Le Mans and the Nürburgring that year also solidified the TZ’s position within the annals of motorsport. Without a doubt the TZ was a highly competitive road car, but the outstanding chassis provided very predictable handling and made for a virtually unbreakable rally car as well, with a TZ winning the Alpine Rally outright in 1964.
Its design is unrivalled as well. The stunning bodies were built by Zagato at a time when the coachbuilder produced some of its greatest designs, including the Aston Martin DB4 GTZ, Maserati A6G/54 and Ferrari 250 GTZ.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2011 at the Spazio Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Como.
150 bhp, 1,570 cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent coil-spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,200 mm (86.6")
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Dirk De Jager