1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ
- 1961 and 1963 Targa Florio entrant
- Ex-Enzo Buzzetti, Ignazio Giunti and Paolo Bulgari
- Known history from new
- EEC Taxes paid
- Spare engine
CHASSIS NUMBER 19600721 SZ #0012
Elio Zagato created in the Giulietta SZ a true giant killer. Initially created in 1956 after a wrecked Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce was taken to Zagato for new coachwork, they crafted a lightweight aerodynamic body that when mated to the already potent Veloce chassis created a Giulietta with the very real ability to rival GT cars of far greater engine displacement. Other private owners soon followed suit, the SVZ was born and it was not long before the Alfa Romeo factory contracted Carrozzeria Zagato to build a very limited run of factory-sanctioned racing cars to be known as the Giulietta Sprint Zagato.
In typical Zagato fashion, the SZ’s distinctive coachwork featured lightweight aluminium panels crafted into smooth organic lines with plexiglass windows and minimal ornamentation. The cockpit was sparse and comfortable with excellent visibility all round and a dominant, crackle painted no nonsense three-gauge instrument binnacle.
The punchy new model was launched at the 1960 Paris Motor Show and was a true dual-purpose competition car. It was built on the short-wheelbase chassis of the Spider and featured a full synchromesh five-speed gearbox extremely effective finned aluminium disc brakes and the high-performance Tipo AR120 engine and its primacy was soon won on the field of battle winning first time out on the 15th may 1960 in the Naples Grand Prix and very soon time and time again the victories rolled in.
The model immediately dominated the 1300 GT class in endurance events, hill climbs and circuit races and proved so successful as a racing car that its Works career lasted until 1965 and some were still competing 10 years after they were built.
Initially just 100 cars were intended, the number required for motorsport homologation but demand soon led to further orders and around 170 of the cars had been produced when Alfa Romeo asked Zagato to develop the aerodynamics further. Zagato’s answer to this technical challenge was the “truncated tail” or coda tronca , one of the Milan carrozziere’s most celebrated aerodynamic designs which can be seen copied thereafter in sports and competition cars for the next generation.
On 4th August 1960 this Alfa Romeo chassis number AR10126 00012 was sold to its first owner the seasoned OSCA and Alfa Romeo racing driver Enzo Buzzetti of Rome who immediately began racing the car in some of the most important events of the day including the 45th Targa Florio of 1961 in which he would finish 14th overall and 7th in class.
In April of 1962 the car was bought by Paolo Bulgari the 25 year old grandson of the founder of the luxury brand Bulgari, he raced the car once and sold it to a tremendously promising young Italian Ignazio Giunti who would race the car in the 1963 Targa Florio before going on to gain international fame racing for the Autodelta Alfa Romeo team and ultimately Ferrari where his career would tragically end.
Various declaration of sale documents in the extensive history file show that the car would remain in the Rome area of Italy for much of its life until bought by Dick Crosthwaite of the UK and subsequently its last owner who has campaigned the car extensively. A regular entrant at Goodwood in the UK and eligible for a wide range of high profile events worldwide including the Tour Auto in France the Giulietta SZ is one of the most versatile and successful sports cars of the early 1960’s and is therefore among the most collectible and historically significant of post-war Alfa Romeos.
The Sprint Zagato was the premier small-displacement sports car of the early 1960’s and is therefore today, among the top-tier of collectible GT Coupes regularly seen on the Colorado Grand, Tour Auto and all of the international rallies and race meetings.
Known competition history of AR 10126 00012
Targa Florio 4th April, car No. 34 Enzo Buzzetti/Renzo Sinibaldi, scuderia Montegrappa, 14 overall 7th in class
Coppa Città di Asiago 14th April, Enzo Buzzetti 3rd in class
Bolzano-Mendola Hillclimb 2nd July Enzo Buzzetti, 2nd in class
Trento-Bondone Hillclimb Enzo Buzzetti 7th September 2nd in class
17th April 1962 sold to Paolo Bulgari of Rome
20th June 1962 sold to Ignazio Giunti
Trofeo Micelangeli, August ‘62 Ignazio Giunti (I), 1st in class
Coppa Gallenga, 2nd September Ignazio Giunti, 3rd in class
Trofeo Franco Venturi – Frascati-Tuscolo Hillclimb, 31st March, Ignazio Giunti 7th overall, 2nd in class
Coppa Primavera, 28th April, Ignazio Giunti, DNF
Targa Florio, 5th May, No. 10, Ignazio Giunti/Paolo Datti
1984 Book “Alfa Romeo Zagato SZ/TZ”, SZ #0012 Evangelista Ziliani, Brescia, ex owner Ignazio Giunti (I)