Alfa Romeo RZ Zagato 1993 7,500km
 
Price: JPY 11,050,000 / AUD 136,000 / USD 97,000 / EUR 86,000* **
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Year: 1993

Mileage: 7,500km

Colour: Yellow

Displacement: 2,959cc

LHD

5 speed manual transmission

Chasis number: 27012491

Engine number: 061501

—Monster of a Roadster—
"Il Mostro". In English, "The Monster". Due to its impressive appearance and high performance, the Alfa Romeo show car "ES-30" (Experimental Sports 3.0 liters), which debuted in Geneva in 1989, was immediately given such a unique nickname by the media. That's how much the styling of this car was unique at that time, and even now.

In order to understand Alfa Romeo S.Z. (Sprint Zagato) and its open version R.Z. (Roadster Zagato), we must first talk about the background of Alfa Romeo, which was in a difficult situation at that time.

Although it was under the umbrella of the state-owned enterprise after the war, Alfa Romeo, which had inherited the state-owned enterprise disposition from before the war, became a subsidiary of the Fiat Group, which continues to this day, in 1986. Car enthusiasts in the world watched Fiat's new Alfa Romeo carefully. Superstars are long-awaited in all ages for breaking away from negative image. This was also the case this time, and Fiat made a sports car plan that would be a signal of a resurrection.

The plan was this. In order to promote the common use of the car body with Fiat, they will build a limited production sports car that uses the transaxle FR for 75, which will not be used in the future. Regarding the design proposal, they asked Zagato, Alfa Romeo in-house design, and Fiat in-house design to make a competition.

As known to many Alfa fans, it was the work of the Fiat in-house design team that was adopted in the competition. In many ways (and politically), the top of Fiat, Alfa's new management team, chose the quirky styling by Mario Maioli and Robert Opron. By the way, Robert Opron is a French designer who was in charge of Citroen SM, Alpine A310 and Renault Fego, so you can understand the source of S.Z.'s uniqueness.

After that, the interior and exterior design of S.Z. was quickly put together by Antonio Castella using CAD, but Zagato was only involved in the modification of the front and rear designs. So why was the Zagato emblem left as well as the car name?

Of course, there is also the fact that the name SZ was already representative of Alfa Romeo's historic sports car. In addition, the assembly of S.Z. was largely carried out at the Zagato factory in the city of Rho, a suburb of Milan. Although the design is not Zagato, but it was a genuine Zagato Alfa Romeo.

The S.Z. was announced as a limited production of 1,000 units, and it is said that from 1989 to 1991, 1036 units including the prototype left the Zagato factory.

On the other hand, Zagato has become very involved in making S.Z. a roadster. However, Zagato initially proposed an elegant roadster that emphasized gentle curves, unlike S.Z. As a result, the Roadster version named RZ seems to have just removed the characteristic black roof from SZ, but in fact, it seems that 500 parts are different from SZ. It can be said that I saw the pride of Zagato as Carrozzeria. It may be that Fiat management, who was pleased with the strong sales of S.Z., generously acknowledged the improvement.

However, the boom has already passed. The production volume of R.Z. was only 278 from 1992 to 1993, compared to the limited number of 350. In that sense, R.Z. is four times as rare as S.Z. and can be one of the good buy.

By the way, although the body colour of S.Z. is only available in red, in R.Z., red, yellow and black are available, and it is believed that there are only a few silver and metallic white available.

Jun Nishikawa's "Pay attention here of this car!"

As soon as I saw the yellow R.Z., which was kept in excellent condition, the memory of the test drive in Hakone in the 90's revived. I remember that the handling was just fun and the V6 engine was great. I thought that this is an Italian car, with turns that are completely different from German cars, where the cars twist and turn! The handling that makes you laugh at the word "body rigidity" must be more fun to ride now. Nowadays, even Italian cars have proper body rigidity. It's a global standard.

I have seen many S.Z. and R.Z. so far, and there were many individuals which fiber body deteriorated significantly over time. The panel is wavy and the paint is faded. Many are in unbearable conditions. Only recently, following the trend of world's classic car boom, the cars are looking little better. Until a while ago, the trading market was cheap and many of them were left unattended.

In that respect, the condition of this yellow is so outstanding that it reminded me of the time of a new car. I'm confident that the odometer's 7,500km is an actual travelled distance. The emblems, plastic lenses and wheels are in perfect condition. Under the owner who is fussy about keeping the condition good, the rubber around the window is in good condition, and the interior is like a new car. There is only a slight usability in the shift knob.

Only the points which concerned me were the small touch paint repair on the front cowl edge, the paint cracks on the tonneau cover which is the same colour as the body, and the cracks on the right turn signal lens. There is also bond bleeding on the edge of the front window, but this is unavoidable. In other words, there was nothing else to complain about.
The serial number is 206. As far as I moved the car for shooting, the light blow of the engine was impressive, and the vehicle height adjustment was working perfectly. There was also a genuine instruction manual (which will be required for a while to open the roof), a special car verification case, and a bag to store tyres when changing to spare tyres.

A valuable R.Z. low-speed vehicle. It is quite difficult to find an individual with this mileage even from a global perspective. This is your chance to add it to your collection.

 
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