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1971 Ferrari 3Z Spider

1971 Ferrari 3Z Spider

1971 surprised everyone with a new chapter in the collaboration between Ferrari and Zagato. More than twenty years after the first Zagato-Ferrari, the two big names appeared together again, on the 3Z built for Luigi Chinetti on 250 SWB chassis #2491 GT.

Designed by Giuseppe Mittino, who had been in charge of projects and design at Zagato since 1970, this 12-cylinder model was decidedly angular and aggressive. It featured several original solutions such as the mobile lids with slits like those on the helmet of an ancient suit of armour, that hid the front light clusters, and the position of the rear lights recessed into the body.

The car reflected Zagato’s philosophy of the moment – styling with clean, strong lines on geometric volumes – which had already been adopted successfully on the Alfa Romeo Junior Z, the first wedge-shaped car of its day.

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1971 Ferrari 3Z Spider

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Limited Production Car
engine Tipo 168, Colombo, Aluminum Alloy 60 Degree V12
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 36 DCL Carburettors
displacement 2953 cc / 180.2 in³
bore 73 mm / 2.87 in
stroke 58.8 mm / 2.31 in
compression 9.7:1
power 186.4 kw / 250 bhp
specific output 84.66 bhp per litre
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Tube Frame
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Borrani Wire Wheels
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
steering ZF Worm & Wheel
f suspension Double Wishbonesw
r suspension Live Axle
length 4430 mm / 174.4 in
width 1980 mm / 78.0 in
height 1130 mm / 44.5 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual