Alfa Romeo presented the TZ model at the 1962 Turin Motor Show as a road going 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 were built until 1965, before being replaced by the far more successful Alfa Romeo TZ2.
Ing. Carlo Chiti was in charge of Autodelta during the creation of the Alfa Romeo TZ2 project. His resume included being former Chief Engineer at Ferrari. It is understandable that the inspiration and passion of the Ferrari 250 GTO bled into this project. The TZ2 was constructed as a works car and there were no intentions of providing any examples to privateers. They were intended to challenge the GT category.
The chassis was from the original TZ, consisting of steel-tubed space-frame construction. Improvements were made to the original unit, with the TZ2 having lower suspension mounts and being more adjustable. The prototype car was given an all-alloy bodyshell designed by Ercole Spada for Zagato. The subsequent cars were moulded from this and built with fibreglass. The total height of the vehicle was just a mere 41-inches. The aerodynamic design defied wind while maintaining an elegant stance.
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 racing debut of the Alfa Romeo TZ2 was at the 1965 24 Hours of LeMans but it was in the 1966 season that success was achieved. During that year they emerged victorious in each of the 1.6-litre GT races they entered. Even with this new-found racing success of the TZ2, the program was dropped and efforts were reverted to the GTA and Tipo 33 program. Most of the TZ2 cars were later sold to privateers.
The car that we have 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 Spyders .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.
Mechanical specification includes: 2,000cc engine with 45” Weber carburettors, twin sparks, dry sump, an extra oil radiator and adjustable suspension. Ready to drive, it comes to the sale with the French registration papers of the Alfa Romeo GT 2000 on which it is based.
Only 12 TZ2s were made by Alfa Romeo and they feature in the collections of a lucky few. This tribute, offered at a fraction of the price, and built by the world class Giordanengo, is ready to be enjoyed on the road.