Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA SZ CODA TRONCA 1962

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Alfa Romeo GIULIETTA SZ CODA TRONCA 1962

Documented history since new
Ex-1963 Le Mans 24 Hours, 1964 Targa
Florio, Monza 1000 Km etc…
Fully restored in 2012

English registration papers
Chassis number: AR10126*00197
sold without technical inspection

T he car Alfa Romeo wanted at the beginning of the 1950s, the first version of the Giulietta was presented in 1954 at the Turin Show. Building on the little Alfa’s sales success, several versions of the model were developed and it enjoyed considerable success in competition, thanks in particular to the agreement between the Italian car maker and the coachbuilder Zagato, which led to the development of a version with more aerodynamic styling and a lightweight aluminium body. And so the Giulietta SZ (Sport Zagato) came about, of which scarcely more than 200 cars were built in all. This limited-series model was also produced in SZ Coda Tronca form, a version also known as the SZ2, of which only 30 were built. It is one of these, chassis no. 00197, which is presented here.
This Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca was delivered new in Bologna and made its competition debut in the 1000 Kilometres of Paris in 1962, driven by Giampiero Biscaldi and Romolo Rossi and entered by the Scuderia Sant’Ambroeus. For its first race, it finished 16th overall and 4th in its class. It then took part in the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours race, again with the Scuderia Sant’Ambroeus, but was disqualified after an engine oil refilling stop too early in the race. It had completed only 70 laps. In 1964, now owned by Count Girolamo Capra, it came home 21st in the Targa Florio. Also a member of the Scuderia Sant’Ambroeus, Capra competed the same year in the Nürburgring 1000 Km race, the Mugello GT Grand Prix and the Italian hillclimb championship. For its fourth season in competition, the Giulietta no. 00197 was entered in the final round of the world endurance championship and achieved an excellent 6th place overall in the 1965 1000 Kilometres of Monza. At the end of the season, Count Capra acquired an Alfa Romeo TZ and sold the SZ to Danilo Parnetti, who took part in the Italian hillclimb championship in 1966. As an amusing sidenote, a video from the period shows the car in action, driven by Parnetti and sandwiched between an Abarth OT 1300 and a Ferrari 275 LM
When its sporting career was over, the SZ Coda Tronca entered the superb collection of the Japanese enthusiast Yoshi Hayashi at the beginning of the 1980s, where it rubbed shoulders for several years with a number of other Alfas, including the Giulia Sport Speciale Pininfarina, a TZ and a Sprint Stradale. It then crossed the Pacific some twenty years later to join Bruce Bradburn’s collection, before moving on to Peter Hageman, who entered it at Pebble Beach in 2008. Displayed at Rétromobile in 2010, it was then acquired by another French collector, who took it back on track, competing in a round of the highly exclusive Trofeo Nastro Rosso (Peter Auto) alongside the most authentic Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Maserati 300 S and Ferrari 275 GTBs. A few months later, it returned to the Sarthe for the fifth edition of Le Mans Classic, with the racing number 58. Keen to continue its career in historic motorsport, its new owner had the car restored in England by the specialist Alfaholics, who took care to return the car to its 1963 Le Mans configuration. After it arrived in England in February 2011, the car was completely stripped down and the engine removed in order for it to be completely reconditioned. The windows were scratched, but the all the original perspex parts could be retained after they had been sanded and polished. The car returned to competition in 2014, when it took part in the Tour Auto and then Le Mans Classic. It was at this time that it featured in an article by Mick Walsh in the leading magazine Classic & Sports Car. In 2017, it was acquired by the late Jean Brandenburg, a well-known and much respected amateur racer in historic motorsport. Prepared like all his cars in Yvan Mahé’s workshops, the Giulietta went on to race three times in 2018 with its new owner, at Spa, at Le Mans Classic once again, and finally on the Rallye des Légendes Richard Mille. The centrepiece of Jean Brandenburg’s collection, the car will be sold with a second 1600 cc engine, a spare axle and another gearbox.

 
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