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Lot 340: Alfa Romeo TZ2 Evocazione

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

Built at Carlo Chiti's Autodelta, the TZ2 benefited from the engineer's experience as well as a strong relationship with Alfa Romeo and its president Giuseppi Luraghi. Encouraged by the success of the TZ1 (also built by Autodelta), Alfa Romeo purchased the firm to take over its competition wing.

The newly reformed Autodelta became responsible for all of Alfa Romeo's race development and team management. One of their first jobs was to upgrade the TZ1, a lightweight, spaceframe race car, into an even lighter, lower and more powerful machine for factory racing. The team at Autodelta took the TZ1 and transformed it into what many have called a 'mini Ferrari GTO'.

Since Autodelta didn't need to supply TZ2s to privateer teams and meet homologation production requirements, they were free to experiment with new ideas and spend more money in the name of performance. The main difference between the TZ1 and TZ2 was the use of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) for the body, which Porsche had made successful on the 904 Carrera GTS. This body replaced the old aluminium design and helped shed off nearly 100kg off the original TZ. Despite the fact that most cars were built off same moulds taken from the prototype TZ2, many differed in detail, especially with regard to the front fascia and venting.

Compared to the TZ1, the new TZ2's body was both lower and more purposeful. It was the work of Ercole Spada from the Zagato design house in Milan. Spada's TZ sat just 41 inches tall, which was partly due to the new fully adjustable suspension mounted lower in the chassis. Ride height aside, the body was a treat to the eye and not totally unlike the Ferrari GTO, having cut-off Kamm tails, covered headlights and bulbous fenders. All TZ2 engines were prepared by Virgilio Conrero's Autotecnica Conrero shop in Torino. They took Alfa's DOHC Inline-4 four, gave it ultra-light magnesium casings and the cylinder head from the GTA. Together with hotter camshafts, larger valves and twin-plug ignition, the unit produced 170bhp at 7500rpm which was good for 160 mph! The engine also received a dry sump lubrication system, so it could sit lower in the chassis without impeding ground clearance. Chassis manufacture was sub-contracted to Ambrosini and Chief Designer Busso fitted new 13-inch diameter Campagnolo wheels to replace TZ1's 15-inch units.

Inside, the steeply raked windscreen limited space so reclining seats were fitted and the steering column was lowered as well as the entire dashboard. Since the transmission tunnel sat so much higher in the TZ2, the length of the gearshift was substantially lowered. The racing career of the TZ2, while brief, was very successful. In 1966 the cars ran in five international events, of which they took first class every time. Due to their high cost, only 12 to 14 original TZ2s were manufactured.

The car on offer here today is a superb tribute of this rare and important Alfa Romeo. One of only six produced by master Italian craftsman Greppi of Como, Italy during the 1970s, the car is a highly accurate recreation of this iconic Alfa Romeo.

The engine is a 2-litre Nord bearing the number AR0053620296, which according to the owner underwent a full rebuild three years ago.

Finished in the correct red with black interior, the car is described as being in good original condition throughout, and comes complete with a spare hardened windshield, which is ready to be fitted. The owner has also indicated that he is prepared to assist the buyer in sourcing any additional correct parts required for the car. A rare opportunity to acquire an excellent, high-quality recreation of one of these incredibly rare Zagato-bodied Alfa Romeos.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
TypeCar
Lot Number340
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£29406
Year1972
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberAR0053620296
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2