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1990 Alfa Romeo SZ

1990 Alfa Romeo SZ 1990 Alfa Romeo SZ
Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato
Chassis #: ZAR13900003000445
Sold for $33,359 at 2011 RM Auctions - London.
Carrozzeria Zagato unveiled its SZ model at the 1989 Geneva Salon. When introduced, it was known as 'ES-30' (Experimental Sports-3.0-litre) but known popularly as 'Il Mostro' (The Monster). The two-seater coupe was powered by a 3-liter four-cam Alfa Romeo V6 capabel of producing 206 horsepower. The SZ was only manufactured in left-hand drive form and this low-mileage example was first registered in the United Kingdom in 1996. The current (and fourth) owner purchased the car in 2011.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Monaco sale presented by Bonhams. The car was estimated to sell for €30,000 - 50,000 but bidding failed to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2014
The vehicle began its life in concept form in 1987 as a vehicle intended to be short-run and raise headlines for Alpha Romeo. It was a vehicle aimed at being fun, rather than practical. Zagato, the manufacturer of the body, was given creative liberty on the design. In 1989, the production version was released in limited form. 1,000 coupes were released and a convertible option quickly followed of which, only 800 were built. The convertibles were labeled the RZ.

The car had no visible door handles. The front of the car had six square head lights. It was built on a short 98.8 inch wheelbase. This was in contrast to many of the other vehicles Alfa was building at the time. Some people loved it while other people hated it.

A V-6 engine was used and placed in the front of the car, while the five-speed manual gear box placed in the rear. Even though it only had a six cylinder naturally aspirated engine, it was still capable of speeds over 150 mph. Alfa Romeo had been competing in auto racing for over 75 years, so they were more than capable of building a fun, fast, well-handling, and visually appealing car.

Production continued from 1989 to 1993.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2010

Concepts by Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Monthly Sales Volume

June 2019
1,595
May 2019
1,572
April 2019
1,584
March 2019
1,774
February 2019
1,362
January 2019
1,150
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Alfa Romeo
1995Ford (1,012,818)Chevrolet (665,955)Honda (643,336)
1994Ford (1,220,512)Chevrolet (651,647)Honda (650,105)
1993Ford (1,026,338)Chevrolet (692,116)Honda (608,149)
1992Ford (922,488)Honda (648,745)Chevrolet (647,227)
1991Honda (659,659)Oldsmobile (474,837)Nissan (405,147)
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)2,920
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)4,476
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)192,024
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)168,074
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)157,825

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