Alfa Romeo SZ Coupe
Internally designated ES-30 for “Experimental Sports, 3.0-litre” but best known as Il Mostro (The Monster), the Alfa Romeo SZ (Sports Zagato) began as a Zagato concept in 1987, followed by the production variant that debuted at Geneva in 1989. With trim proportions, aggressively angular styling and a “triple-headlamp” grille, the SZ was based on the existing Alfa Romeo 75. Available in one “official” colour scheme comprising a red body, dark grey roof and tan upholstery, with one finished in black for Andrea Zagato, the SZ made a dramatic visual statement.
The SZ provided heady performance to match, including cornering abilities reaching 1.01 g on the skidpad. The lusty 210-bhp, 3.0-litre V-6 was equipped with electronic fuel injection and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive, delivering acceleration from nought to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds en route to a 153-mph top end. The RZ (Roadster Zagato) followed in 1992, and both the SZ and RZ were produced to 1993, numbering approximately 1,000 in all.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
210 bhp, 3.0-litre V-6 engine, electronic fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with Watt linkage, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,510 mm
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood