1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Zagato
- One of 200 produced
- Previously owned by Alfa Romeo distributor and racer Karl Foitek
Born out of a destroyed Giulietta Sprint Veloce, the Zagato-bodied “SVZ” showed how changing material and body styling can drastically improve speed and agility. Once Zagato and Alfa Romeo displayed the first Giulietta Sprint Zagato at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show, the motoring world was rabid for the vehicle – its predecessor had already proven how successful the SZ would be.
Instantly recognizable as a Zagato body, the SZ consisted of a Franco Scaglione-designed, rounded body attached to the shorter chassis of the Giulietta Spider. Further reducing the weight, a space frame chassis was used, and Zagato fitted each SZ with Perspex windows and a stripped-down interior. Though a second series would see remodeled bodywork, adding a “Kamm-tail” rear end and a longer nose, the SZ offered here is one of the original series – called “Coda Tonda” for their rounded tail. One of the first ones off the production line, this SZ landed in the hands of Karl Foitek, a noted Alfa Romeo distributer and racer. Purchased by the current owner in 2015 from Foitek, the SZ presents today as a naturally beautiful classic, with an older repaint. Having recently completed the full Sports Car Market Tour, it can certainly be said that the Alfa Romeo drives and runs well for its age.
Unquestionably revolutionary in opening the field of motorsport to aerodynamics, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ is an extremely special classic. Here is a rare opportunity to buy a well-preserved and authentic example.