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101.26 Giulietta SZ

Die Seltenen

Es begann mit einem Unfall. Bei der Mille Miglia 1956 hauen die Gebrüder Salvatore und Carlo Leto di Priolo ihre Giulietta Sprint Veloce ins Gelände. Sie bringen ihren kaltverformten Alfa zurück nach Mailand, aber nicht zur Reparatur bei Bertone, sondern stellen ihn Elio Zagato auf den Hof. Zagato nutzt die Möglichkeit und verpasst dem Wagen eine neue Karosserie, ganz aus Alu, windschlüpfrig, er räumt auch sonst alles aus dem Weg, was irgendwie nach Gewicht aussieht – und schon steht ein Fahrzeug zur Verfügung, das mit wohl knapp 800 Kilo Gewicht bestens für die Rennstrecken taugt. Das hübsche, puristische Coupé wurde kurz SVZ genannt, Sprint Veloce Zagato, es sollen über die nächsten zwei, drei Jahre wahrscheinlich weitere 17 Stück entstanden sein; keines gleicht dem andern (und eben, man kann es bei den 750E betrachten).

(Es ist auch gut möglich, dass man bei Zagato etwas sauer war, weil man bei der Giulietta vorher nicht zum Zug gekommen war, Bertone durfte, Pininfarina durfte, da wollte man halt auch.)

Ende der 50er Jahre wurde das Giulietta-Programm aufgefrischt und neu nummeriert – und da war dann ab 1960 auch Platz für den SZ, Sprint Zagato, der als 101.26 bezeichnet wurde. Der Sprint Speciale, 101.20, hatte sich zwar als schnell, aber nicht besonders rennsporttauglich erwiesen, deshalb sollte der kleine SZ, nur 3,92 Meter lang, 1,54 Meter breit, 1,22 Meter hoch und vollgetankt gerade einmal 888 Kilo schwer (dies mit einem 80-Liter-Tank) die Lorbeeren abholen. Ein reines Rennfahrzeug war der SZ, der eine nur am Heck sanft gewandelte Kopie des SVZ war, trotzdem nicht, es gab Kurbelfenster und auch eine Heizung – Platz war aber nur für zwei, und der Kofferraum war kaum der Rede wert. Als Antrieb diente der bekannte 1,3-Liter mit wohl 100 PS, als Höchstgeschwindigkeit wurden 200 km/h versprochen. Teuer war das Ding auch noch, für die in der Schweiz verlangten 21’500 Franken hätte man sich gleich zwei Giulietta Berlina leisten können. Wohl etwa 170 Giulietta SZ wurden gebaut, das mit den Zahlen ist wie so oft in Italien so eine Sache, aber auch deswegen schwierig, weil Zagato wohl auch profane Sprint Veloce nachträglich in «Coda Ronda» umwandelte.

Selbstverständlich folgt da jetzt auch eine kleine Sammlung:

Chassis-Nummer: AR 101.26 00034

Motoren-Nummer: AR 00102 25263

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Petersen Museum 2018, Schätzpreis 600’000 bis 700’000 Dollar, nicht verkauft, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «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. The car was sold to Foitek directly from Alfa Romeo for a heavily discounted sum in consideration of winning the Swiss championship in a 1959 Sprint Veloce. The car was even personally delivered to him in Zürich by the technical director of Alfa Romeo Svizzera. Foitek would campaign the SZ in international races during the 1960 season, including earning championship points at the Nürburgring, Clermont-Ferrat, Gaisberg, and other races. After retiring from competitive racing, Foitek continued to enjoy his SZ in historic races across Europe throughout the 1980s, including at Hockenheim, Nürburgring, Salzburgring, Montlhéry, and the Targa Florio. The car was eventually retired from racing altogether and remained in Mr. Foitek’s private collection until it was acquired by the present owner.»

Chassis-Nummer: AR 101.26 00051

Motoren-Nummer: AR 00120 00175

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Monaco 2012, verkauft für 257’600 Euro, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Chassis 00051 was originally delivered to England to a Mr Philip Vyvyan Martin of 32 Little Boltons in London. Finished in Rosso Alfa Romeo with the traditional black interior, it was registered in the UK on 24 February 1961, with registration number 958HYK, which it still wears to this day. Reportedly, Mr Vyvyan Martin only used this Alfa as a road car, and thus, did not subject it to the hardships of racing like many of its sister cars. He kept the car until 1965 when he sold it via London-based dealers Taylor and Crawley to a Mr Michael William Stow, in Henley-on-Thames. The next UK based owner was a Richard Anthony Springett in Cambridge. The original old English Buff log book is still with the car and documents the full list of UK-based owners until the 1990s, when it was purchased by an Italian collector who had intentions of embarking on a restoration of the largely untouched Giulietta Sprint Zagato. As often happens, the restoration was begun and never completed; after many years of negotiations, dinners and discussions, the current owner was allowed to purchase 00051. He immediately embarked on the restoration, armed with the experience and contacts related to his ownership of three other examples, including a Giulietta Sprint Zagato ‘Coda Tronca’, in addition to the ‘Low Nose’ Giulietta SS also offered in this sale. Delighted to have found such a rare SZ ‘Coda Tonda’, the restoration was restarted. Upon disassembly it was verified that this example was not one of those that was raced within an inch of its life; it did, and still does, retain its original engine, as well as important finish parts, such as the original air filter and original wheels, which were often removed for racing and lost or discarded.»

Chassis-Nummer: AR 101.26 00124

Motoren-Nummer: AR 00120 00880

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Paris 2023, noch kein Schätzpreis, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «The example offered here, chassis “00124”, was confirmed by Alfa Romeo Museo Storico to have been completed by the factory on 27 January 1961, finished in Azzuro. The diminutive sports car was registered under the licence plate “SP 23123” while belonging to the gentleman driver and former AC Milan president, Mr Albino Buticchi. Just a few short months into his ownership, the Alfa Romeo SZ was tested at the top level of competition, with Buticchi partnering Nicola Camilli under race number 27 to take on the 1961 Mille Miglia over 27 and 28 May—albeit through the informal “rally” format at road-legal speeds following the final no-holds barred race in 1957. Buticchi then entered the Alfa Romeo in the Monza GT Grand Prix on 29 June, finishing 6th overall after completing 55 laps. The car was later driven by Buticchi in the 1961 Pescara 4 Hours, finishing 9th overall. The Italian driver’s final outing before selling the car was at the 1961 Pontedecimo-Giovi, finishing 1st in the 1,150 cc to 1,300 cc class. In October 1961, ownership was transferred to Mr Carlo Cremascoli, who re-registered the car as “SV 35813” before embarking on a succession of hill climb entries. Between April 1962 and September 1963, Mr Cremascoli entered 12 events including Cesena Sestiere, Castell’ Arquato-Vernasca, Bobbio-Penice, Coppa Renzo Cantoni, and more—the full race list can be viewed in the car’s accompanying history file. In 1985, the Alfa Romeo was sold again, and re-registered in the region of Imperia, Italy.»

«Coda Tonda» ist deshalb wichtig, weil es ab 1961 auch den «Coda Tronca» gab, also einen SZ mit «abgeschnittenem» Heck. Weil der kurze SZ vor allem bei höheren Geschwindigkeiten so seine Schwierigkeiten hatte, experimentierte Zagato (das heisst: Ercole Spada) ein halbes Jahr mit Varianten ganz nach der Aerodynamik-Lehre des Wunibald Kamm – und stellte dann eine 4 Zentimeter niedrigere, aber dafür 14 Zentimeter längere Version vor.

Man versprach bei gleichem Gewicht 225 km/h Höchstgeschwindigkeit, ein grossartiger Wert für einen serienmässigen 1,3-Liter. Ein Erfolg wurde der «Coda Tronca» aber trotzdem nicht, es entstanden wohl 30 Exemplare. Aber schön ist sie, diese Giulietta.

Auch hier, eine kleine Sammlung:

Chassis-Nummer: AR10126 00184

Motoren-Nummer: AR 1315*05459

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Villa d’Este 2011, Schätzpreis 260’000 bis 300’000 Euro, nicht verkauft, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Chassis no. 0184, the outstanding example on offer, started its life in Switzerland. It was manufactured on 28 March, 1962 and quickly sold two days later to “Società per il Commercio dei Prodotti Alfa Romeo Lugano,” a well established Alfa dealership in Ticino. In 1970 the car passed to renowned local body shop owner Mr. Arno Mark of Gstaad. From there, correspondence on file suggests Michael Storer of Zurich purchased the car from Mr. Mark. By 1989, the car was owned by Rudy Pas of The Netherlands, and it was during this ownership that the car was given a full restoration. The bodywork was done by “Autocostruzioni SD,” who retained the majority of the original aluminium panels and re-skinned the parts that were beyond repair. A mechanical rebuild was also undertaken, conducted by Conrero who built and fitted a competition engine to SZ specification. Conrero is highly acclaimed for the tuning of “Conrero 1,300 cc” Alfa engines, of which this car benefits – an excellent engine producing about 135 bhp. The suspension, brakes and clutch were also rebuilt at the same time. All told, the car is extremely well suited for road and track use. During Mr. Pas’s ownership, the car was predominantly used as a showpiece, only being driven sparingly at prestigious events. It was seen in public on few occasions, and records show that it competed at the 2006 Bologna-Raticosa hill climb, as well as being a distinguished featured car at the ‘Celebration of Zagato’ in 2004 at Villa d’Este. Acclaimed Alfa specialist Paul Schouwenburg then purchased the car, describing it in correspondence as “a scaled down version of the Ferrari 275 GTB/C with similar feelings of exhilaration and excitement.” In an interview with a classic car magazine, Mr. Schouwenburg explained that this SZ “Coda Tronca” was one of his all-time favourite cars, second only to his Ferrari 250 GT SWB “SEFAC Hot Rod.” In 2007 the car was exported to the United States, where the new owner Ronald Hein used the SZ on regular occasions. Two years later he had the engine professionally refreshed at a cost of more than $14,000 by Conrad Stevenson of Berkeley, California.»

Chassis-Nummer: AR10126 00207

Motoren-Nummer: AR00120 01011

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Arizona 2017, verkauft für 379’500 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «According to the consignor, chassis number 207 was completed on 11 August 1962 and sold on 22 November that same year in Vercelli, Italy. While little is known of its subsequent history until September 1993, it is understood by experts to have been in the United States for some time under the ownership of renowned enthusiast Peter Sachs. It was later imported to Japan by a Swiss owner. Mr. H. Suzuki sold it to the consignor, a U.S. enthusiast of Italian cars with a collection of competition-oriented vehicles, in 2014. While in the consignor’s possession, Zagato body number stampings of “634” have been located, fitting properly within the sequence of Zagato factory numbers and confirming its authenticity. Chassis number 207 is currently fitted with a non-original Alfa Romeo 1750 engine (re-stamped to read: “AR00120 01011”). Accompanying the car is a 1300 Type 750 Veloce engine, number AR00120 00634 (long block, unrestored), believed to be original to the car. Also, paperwork including Japanese export and shipping documents, United States import documents, email correspondence concerning its purchase, and the 2014 purchase receipt, are included with the sale.»

Die Übersicht über alle Giulietta: hier. Und unser kleines Alfa-Lexikon: hier.

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