Alfa Romeo presented the TZ model at the 1962 Turin Motor Show as a roadgoing racing car. It derives the T in its nomenclature from tubolare, a reference to its tubular spaceframe, and the Z from Zagato, the coachbuilders. A limited production run of no more than 102 was built until 1965, before the Alfa Romeo TZ2 would prove far more successful on the race track. With the TZ2, coachbuilders Zagato turned out a significant example of Italian car design of the 1960s. By the time production ended in 1967, just 12 examples had left the construction hall.
Under the bonnet lay an Alfa Romeo dual overhead camshaft four-cylinder engine displacing 1570cc. The engines were tuned by Virgilio Conrero’s Torino shop, Autotecnica Conrero. They were given larger valves, magnesium casings, upgraded camshafts, two side-draught Weber carburettors, dry sump lubrication, and a twin plug head. These improvements brought the horsepower to 170 and top speed in the region of 160 mph.
The cars made their debut at the 1965 Geneva Salon and production lasted until mid-1967. Some of the TZ2’s were upgraded TZ’s. Coachwork was handled mostly by Zagato. Chassis number 114, created in 1966, was done by Pininfarina. Another example, chassis 101, was done by Bertone. Bertone’s example was done to test the feasibility of creating a road-going version. It was built on a tubular steel space-frame and given Campagnolo 13-inch forged magnesium wheels. The front had covered headlights and a wrap-around windshield. The body was constructed mostly from aluminium. The engine was from an Alfa Romeo TZ, producing 130 horsepower in standard guise.
The car on offer today is a TZ2 built on the base of a 1974 GT 2000 in the 1990s by the legendary coachbuilder Giordanengo, highly regarded for his fantastic 250 GTO and California Spyder’s .This wonderful TZ2 Evocation was built using original Alfa Romeo components, even the chassis was built from an original TZ2 drawing. The bodywork is clothed in the original style fibreglass bodywork. The engine is a 2 Litre with injection, twin sparks, dry sump, an extra oil radiator, trim and adjustable suspension Only 12 TZ2 was made from Alfa Romeo and these are mostly in private collections around the world. This example, offered at a fraction of the cost, and built by the world class Giordanengo, is sold with Italian Libretto papers and it’s ready to be driven on the road.