1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ ‘Codatronca’

The last 30 Sprint Zagatos in the 200 car production run featured the ‘Coda Tronca’ bodywork was an updated version of Alfa Romeo’s racing Giulietta with a slimmer, more aerodynamic body by Zagato.
The entire body was much longer, and was designed to penetrate the air better. Detail changes included a cut-off Kamm tail, narrower front air intake, a lower roof and the use of disc brakes up front.

The entire body was much longer, and was designed to penetrate the air better. Detail changes included a cut-off Kamm tail, narrower front air intake, a lower roof and the use of disc brakes up front.

Both SZ’s were based on the shorter chassis of the Giulietta Spider combined with the mechanicals of the racier Sprint Veloce. Franco Scaglione designed the SZ body in Bertone’s studio, while the aluminum panels were beat out by hand at Zagato’s workshop.

Because of its small size, and aluminum bodywork, the SZ was much faster than its steel-bodied production counterparts. Furthermore, the car used a space frame chassis, which was totally unlike the production Giulietta. Zagato also used perspex side windows and a relatively sparse interior to help reduce weight.

By 1959 the SZ’s replacement the Tubulore Zagato (TZ) was well underway. After extensive development the car was finally launched in 1963.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
built atItaly
predeccesor1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ
succeccesor1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ
engineInline-4
positionFront Longitduinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
displacement1290 cc / 78.7 in³
bore73.91 mm / 2.91 in
stroke74.9 mm / 2.95 in
compression9.70:1
power74.6 kw / 100 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output77.52 bhp per litre
bhp/weight116.69 bhp per tonne
torque112.53 nm / 83.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesDrums
rear brakesDrums
steeringWrom & Sector
curb weight857 kg / 1889 lbs
wheelbase2248 mm / 88.5 in
front track1290 mm / 50.8 in
rear track1270 mm / 50.0 in
length3848 mm / 151.5 in
width1529 mm / 60.2 in
height1232 mm / 48.5 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.26:1, 1.98:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1, 0.854:1
final drive4.56:1
top speed~193.1 kph / 120.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~11.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~17.0 seconds

Auction Sales History

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ ‘Codatronca’

 

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato ‘Coda Tronca’ AR10126*00184 – did not sell for €257,500 One of only 30 SZ “Coda Tronca” examples built. Lightweight Zagato bodywork. Autotecnica Conrero engine. Known ownership beginning in Lugano, Switzerland. Shown at Villa d’Este (2004). Eligible for many prestigious events.
Auction Source: RM 2011 Villa d’Este Auction