Time to join the exclusive Alfa Romeos SVZ club!? One of only 16 Sprint Veloce Zagato coupés built between 1956 and 1959. All slightly different in detail execution, and all built for competition purposes using light weight aluminium body, they were tremendously successful on the racetracks, rallies and mountain circuits of Europe and across the pond in the 1960’s. This example, chassis #04045 is one of them. Even more remarkable, as this appears to be the only example in the United Kingdom.
The story behind the SVZ is fascinating and compelling a mid-20th-century Italian racing driver. Massimo Girolamo Leto di Priolo was a gentleman racer who took delivery of a new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce in May 1956. Four days later, he drove his new car in the Mille Miglia, where he promptly crashed into a riverbed, essentially destroying the bodywork. Rather than having his car repaired to factory standards, Leto di Priolo had the remains taken to Zagato, who cut the wrecked panels off the platform and built a new body in its place.
15 further cars were then modified, I’m sure without the need of been crashed first! However each example is individual, this example features the distinctive Zagato “double bubble” of which only 3 or 4 cars are thought to have been bestowed this distinctive signature. Being a 1957 example arguably makes #04045 eligible for many international events, including the Mille Miglia and eligible for Classic Le Mans, as an SVZ was entered in 1958.
Recently granted a brand new FIA Historic Technical Passport by the UK Motor Sports Association, this Alfa has been a UK resident since 2014 and has led an active competition life with outings with the FISCAR series amongst others. That the car has been maintained fastidiously is amply evidenced by the history file, showing in excess of £10,000 worth of expenditure during its time in the United Kingdom. All spent with the aim of bringing the car to a peak of performance and usability.
With history known back to its original build date of 1stMarch 1957. This Alfa presents an unequalled opportunity to join the SVZ club, and a rare chance to enjoy competitive “Dolce Vita” motoring in a car that is believed unique in this country, and at worst a true rarity globally, with the benefit of a heritage and “turn-key” status today.
With the most recent sale of a sister vehicle ringing all of the bells in Monaco in 2012. This must be a serious investment opportunity for a rare and desirable motor car.
The original factory driver's seat and a spare wheel also come with the car along with associated paperwork and invoices.