Market #79: SZ #107

Giulietta Sprint Zagato 10126*00107, engine 00120*01108.  This car is available right now from Morris and Welford.  Price is POR and the car is restored so I assume it costs between $250,000 and $350,000.  I am no expert so I will keep commentary to a minimum.

bigaThis is a neat car.  The yellow reminds me of a Ferrari 275 GTB4 a friend used to have .  I would lose a few of the stickers but other than that keep it how it is.

bigbEverything looks good up here.  I like the simple side grills and bonnet latches.  I think I would  go with headlight covers but am not sure if they would be correct, but then again, what is considered correct on a restored race car?

Here is the description from the website: “Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ chassis AR 10126 00107 is recorded by the Alfa Romeo historic archive as having been built in February 1961 but not sold until October 1961 when it was delivered to its first recorded owner Bruna Fascetti of Rome, Italy. Thanks to ACI (Automobile Club D’Italia) records we are able to note that it passed through three further Rome-based owners before acquisition by a Mr Compoli (also from Rome) in October 1965 who kept the car until 1976 when it was sold to Enrico Congedo of Lecce.

By 1987 this SZ was complete yet in desperate need of restoration. At some prior point it had been painted red (it was originally delivered with blue coachwork), and Mr Congedo sold the car to London-based American Dr. Tony Standen. Documentation on file indicates that restoration of the SZ did not commence until the mid 1990s and by later in the decade it was nearing completion but Dr.Standen sadly passed away before the work was completed.

The current, enthusiast owner acquired the car from the family and immediately commissioned the work to be finished with the intent of using the car for vintage racing. The mechanical aspects were tended to by marque specialist Andrew Thorogood with the body and paint entrusted to Touring Superleggera. It made its debut at Imola in late 2000 and over the past few seasons it has raced across the UK and Europe including an appearance at the heralded Goodwood Revival Meeting. Of admirable note is the fact that this SZ has been driven across Europe regularly to its race meetings and as such has covered over 20,000 miles in current ownership.

Through several seasons of enjoyable racing this lovely SZ presents extremely well, is rust free and absolutely ideal for a new custodian to enjoy some of the exciting touring and racing disciplines for which this car is highly eligible.

Having benefitted from an engine rebuild in March 2007 it is in fine fettle, has current (barcode) FIA HTP papers and can be inspected by appointment through Morris & Welford. Supplied with the car are the original Zagato seats and one of the best and well documented history files we have encountered which chronicles the extensive restoration.

Boasting continuous documented ownership from new, this well-known SZ is an ideal turnkey racer for the coming season. Please enquire for price and further details.”

  bigcLooks as good from the back as the front, kind of your basic lozenge shape.  Again, a few too many stickers for my taste.

bigeSteering wheel and seats are modern and unsightly but no doubt effective on the track.  A friend of mine died recently in a motorcycle mishap involving original 1920’s tires and vintage safety equipment on modern roads so my views on suffering for fashion have been somewhat modified.  I like the big gauge panel in these cars.  Original SZ seats are said to come with the car.

bighEngine compartment is pretty good for a race car.  Intake manifold is not correct for an 00120 engine, looks like an early 1600 item to me.  Oil filter placement is handy.

biglVin stamping looks pretty good.  Seems to be a bit of oil mist on the firewall.

bigmBlock stamping looks a little iffy to me, but then I haven’t seen a bunch of 00120 engines to compare to.  Blank 101 Veloce blocks are readily available and if the original from this car was destroyed while racing a replacement is perfectly acceptable.  Look at my post on identification numbers for a few examples of engine number stampings.

00120Here’s another 00120 stamping from an engine with more than 20 years of provenance that I have personally examined.  The same?  You decide.

 

bignLooks original to me.  Note the absence of an engine number.  SS’s from this period also only had the prefix.

bigpThis picture is included in the auction.  As with the point I made in Market #71, this could be any car.  Include this picture with anyone of the 200 SZ’s in existance and it could be that car.  I’m not saying it’s not the same car, I’m just questioning taking this picture as sole evidence of originality, since an SZ can be faked well for between $60 – $80K and they all look the same when restored and can bring more than $300K.

SZ’s are getting pretty high up the Alfa ladder but their place seems fixed between TZ’s and SVZ just above them and SS low noses just below them and this group seems to need to move as a group.  With markets the way they are I anticipate some backsliding on Alfas in this range.  I have read of certain collectors anticipating a market crash to the extent that SZ’s will be back to just over $100k.  I shudder to think where everything else will be if that comes to pass.

 

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