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1954 Pegaso Z102B

The Spanish company, Pegaso, introduced their first automobile at the 1951 Paris salon. The name Pegasus was used, named after the mythical winged horse. In the engine bay lay an eight cylinder powerplant that was initally 2.5-liters in size but eventually grew to 4.7-liters. Its top speed was in the neighborhood of around 140 through 150 mph which made it the fastest production car at the time.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008

Vehicle Profiles

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Saoutchik

Chassis Num: 0102-153-0136
Engine Num: 0102-017-0136

Were it not for companies like Hispano-Suiza, one would be rather hard-pressed to come up with another luxurious automaker from Spain. However, with the help of former Alfa Romeo designer Wilfredo Ricart, one Spanish automaker would actually rise to ....[continue reading]

Coupe
Coachwork: Saoutchik

Chassis Num: 0102.017.0161
Engine Num: 0102.017.0161

Named after Pegasus, the mythical winged horse, the striking Spanish-built Pegaso sports car emerged at the 1951 Paris Salon, powered by a four-cam V8 engine. The Pegaso Company was created by the Spanish government after the Second World War. Produc....[continue reading]

Coupe
Coachwork: Saoutchik

This Pegaso is fitted with coachwork by Touring and has period sporting history, nobility ownership, preservation and long term ownership fitting of the 'Spanish Ferrari' nickname. Its first owner was the second Count de Caralt of Spain who was a pop....[continue reading]

Coupe
Coachwork: Saoutchik

Chassis Num: 01021500148
Engine Num: 01020170148

This car is equipped with the desirable 2.8-liter, quad-cam engine that features the extremely rare and potent dual four-barrel Weber carburetor and a 8.1:1 compression ratio. This configuration produces a respectable 195 horsepower and coupled to a ....[continue reading]

Berlinetta
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0102-153-0154
Engine Num: 0102-017-0154

This Pegaso Z102B/3.2 was displayed at the Turin Auto Show in 1954. Production was between the first and second Touring Berlinetta series and is one of two with turn indicators set into the fenders. The first owner was Francisco Godia Sales of Barcel....[continue reading]

Berlinetta
Coachwork: Touring

This Z-102 is one of only 93 Pegaso vehicles built in the early 1950s. Only two cars were bodied by Touring and originally fitted with the 'compressor engine.' This car is fitted with all the competition specifications. The car is powered by a 3.2-li....[continue reading]

Coupe
Coachwork: Saoutchik

Chassis Num: *0102*150*0146*
Engine Num: *0102*017*0146*

Pegaso was born of a Spanish truck company. In the early 1950's Wilfredo Ricart (who had been Alfa Romeo's chief engineer for special projects from 1936 to 1944) was the managing director of a state-owned truck and bus manufacturing concern. He pushe....[continue reading]

Cabriolet by Saoutchik
Chassis #: 0102-153-0136 
Coupe by Saoutchik
Chassis #: 0102.017.0161 
Coupe by Saoutchik
 
Coupe by Saoutchik
Chassis #: 01021500148 
Berlinetta by Touring
Chassis #: 0102-153-0154 
Berlinetta by Touring
 
Coupe by Saoutchik
Chassis #: *0102*150*0146* 

History

Named after Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology, the Pegaso Car Company produced very rare and exotic sports vehicles. Wilfredo Ricart was one of Enzo Ferrari's colleagues at Alfo Romeo's race department. He left Alfa Romeo after the war and teamed p with various engineers and technicians to begin working on their own vehicle. This eventually resulted in the Pegaso Z102.

A very modern race bred V8 engine was placed in the Pegaso Z102 which made it a supreme competition for vehicles built in Maranello, Italy. The Pegaso was fitted with double overhead camshafts, a feature that had been confined to competition vee-type engine, though they were utilized on Jaguar's famous XK120 inline six. The engine also featured sodium-filled exhaust valves for cooling, an oil cooler and dry-sump lubrication while also using extensive use of light alloy. The option of one, two or four Weber carbuteors could be fitted while compression ratios ranged from 7.8:1 to 9.0:1 to keep up with post-war Spain's unpredictable gasoline octane.

Receiving the elite status of being the only Spanish car to receive international supercar status during the 1950s, the Pegaso Z102B was introduced in 1951 at the Paris Auto Salon. With a top speed of 140 mph, the vehicle featured 250 horsepower at 6300 rpm. The Pegaso Company was government-backed at the time and had extensive experience construction large 9-liter coaches. No one expected such a cutting-edge sports vehicle from a bus and truck company. Arond 125 Z102's were produced, with only two of them every receiving bodywork from Saoutchik.

The Pegaso was a replacement for the esteemed Hispano-Suiza and was created to be a sports vehicle of the highest quality. Producing up to 300 hp, all Pegasos were powered by dry-sump V8 engines that ranged from 2.8 to 4.7 liters and featured torsion bar suspension along with 5-speed gearboxes with ZF limited-slip differentials. The 2.5 liter Z102 achieved 50 mph in just 8.3 second and 0-100mph in 35.0 seconds and had a top speed of 100 mph.

The Z102 range comprised a glass-backed coupe, a 2-seater cabriolet by Saotchik, a 2/3-seater Berlinette and a 2-seater sports model constructed by Superleggera Touring of Milan.

The Pegaso Z102B featured an increased engine with 2,816cc by 1953. The very exotic ‘Thrill Berlinette' by Superleggera Touring was added to the range. The Z102B featured very aerodynamic side panels that blended from the rear body into the roof to form stabilizing ‘fins' on each side. Considered to be the best known of all Pegaso's, the Z102B featured very exclusive red and black paintwork along with polished spoked wheels.

Pegaso models were largely hand-built and very innovative and advanced for their time. Only 88 models were ever built due to their extremely hefty pricetag. Production ended in 1958 and the Pegaso resumed exclusively producing trucks and buses.

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