The Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ (for Sprint Zagato, officially the Tipo
101.26, or "Type 101.26") was an aluminium-bodied 2-seater berlinetta,
built by Zagato for competition use on the chassis and mechanicals of
the Sprint Speciale.
A crashed Sprint Veloce was rebodied by Zagato in late 1956, and was
immediately successful in competition. Zagato ended up building 18
rebodied Veloces, called the SVZ and the version gave rise to a full
production version. The SVZ was about 120 kg (260 lb) lighter than the
Coupé on which it was based, and had the highest tuned, 118 CV (116 hp;
87 kW) version of the Giulietta engine.
A production competition version of the Giulietta, with lightened
bodywork designed by Franco Scaglione for Bertone was then premiered at
the 1960 Geneve Salon. Handbuilt by Zagato, entirely in aluminium and
with plexiglass windows, the lightened Sprint Zagato (SZ) was light,
fast, and expensive. Two hundred seventeen were built, the original
design with a rounded rear and with the last thirty (some say 46)
receiving a longer kamm-style rear end as well as disc brakes up front.
The original design is called the "Coda Tonda" (round tail), while the
Kamm-design is referred to as the "Coda Tronca" (truncated tail). The
Coda Tronca is sometimes also referred to as the "SZ2". The first
examples were built in December 1959, and production continued into
1962. Zagato also rebodied a few existing cars with this bodywork,
leading to discrepancies in the production numbers.
The SZ was very successful in racing, on a national level as well as
internationally. The SZ helped Alfa Romeo secure a victory in the 1.3
litre class of the International Championship for GT Manufacturers in
1962 and 1963. Michel Nicol won the Tour de Corse in 1957.
This resin model is from Provence Moulage, it was sourced in
from a private collection