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Lot 223 - 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ1 Tribute

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£105,000

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2016
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Lot Number 223
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number AR 380839
Year 1965
Make Alfa Romeo
Model TZ1 Tribute

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Description

The Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (also known as the Alfa Romeo TZ or Tubolare Zagato) was a sports car and racing car manufactured by Alfa Romeo from 1963 to 1967.

The original TZ, is  sometimes referred to  as TZ1 which differs  from the  later TZ2 and was  developed  together with Autodelta, a company led by Ex-Ferrari engineer Carlo Chiti. It featured a 1,570 cc twin cam engine and other mechanical components shared with the Alfa Romeo Giulia which carried a 105 series chassis number but was a purpose built sports racing car, with a tubular spaceframe chassis, light all-aluminium bodywork, disc brakes and independent suspension. The TZ was built both for street and racing trim, with the latest racing versions producing up to 160 brake horsepower.

Aiding the TZ in its quest for performance was the treatment of the rear bodywork. Incorporating the research of Dr. Wunibald Kamm, the TZ used a style called “coda tronca” in Italian, meaning “short tail.”, otherwise known as the Kamm tail. The principle is,  that unless you are willing to incorporate an aircraft-like extended tail (not practical for an automobile), there is surprisingly little, if any, increase in drag and a marked decrease in lift or even some downforce by simply chopping off a portion of the tail.

The example we have here is from the collection of the “Museum of Communication” in Cormano near Milan, we understand it was built in the early 1980s with components derived from a 1965 Giulia SS. This TZ Tribute has a tubular chassis, aluminium body and fibreglass hood. It is powered by a 1600 cc Giulia derivation with a 5 speed gearbox .

This car comes with Italian registration documents of the 1965 Giulia 1600 SS from  which it  is derived.


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