Alfa Romeo SVZ
Model: Giulietta SVZ
Chassis type: road car rebodied in aluminium
Chassis number: 1493-04045
Engine type: Alfa Romeo twin-cam
Gearbox type: Alfa Romeo
Dore Leto di Priolo crashed
his Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce in the 1956 Mille Miglia he took the wreckage to Zagato
and had it rebodied in aluminium: not only was this
cheaper than Alfa, it was considerably lighter (750Kg rather than the original
845Kg) and more streamlined. This car, subsequently
became one of the fastest cars in its class and around two dozen other private
owners had Zagato carry out similar transformations,
all of which differed in various ways.
These cars, known as Sprint Veloce Zagatos (SVZs), were so successful that in 1960 Alfa Romeo had to introduce their own version the SZ (Sprint Zagato) of which they produced over 200 examples.
car, chassis number 1493-04045, was finished by Alfa Romeo on March 1st 1957
and supplied on the June 3rd 1957 to the Swiss Alfa Romeo distributors in Lugano.
It was registered BE125785 (Berne registration) and apparently homologated on July 5th 1960.
It was imported into Italy on July 4th 1975 and given the registration PZ99308 (Potenza reg).
It is thought that the car was rebodied sometime prior to this date.
In the early 2000s it was sold to Portugal, registered GD-40-02 and prepared for historic events, receiving FIA papers on May 10th 2001 and subsequently taking part in events such as the Tour díEspagne.
It has all the best features of the Zagato bodied cars - double bubble roof, covered headlights, round wheel arches and rounded tail.
been doing some work on the Alfa and it now has :
AVO adjustable dampers
Alfaholics uprated anti-roll bar
Vredestein Classic tyres
LED light bulbs
a rebuilt set of 40 DCOE Webers
Powerlite starter motor and dynamo
123-ignition distributor, Bosch coil
Alfa Stop radiator and an electric fan.
It now drives and stops as it should and is an extremely quick road car, surprising many quick modern cars.