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Lot 46

2017   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2017

1955 Pegaso Tipo Z-102B

Coachwork by Saoutchik

Estimate

$600,000 - $800,000

Chassis

*0102*150*0146*

Engine

*0102*017*0146*

Car Highlights

One of Only Seven Series 2 Z-102B Berlinettas with Coachwork by Saoutchik
Exotic Mechanical Marvel
Formerly Part of Harrah’s Automobile Collection
Eligible for the World’s Leading Events
Presented at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and Amelia Island Concours

Technical Specs

2,814 CC DOHC V-8 Engine
Four Weber Carburetors
170 HP at 6,300 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes, Inboard Rear
Independent Front Suspension with Torsion Bars
De Dion Rear Axle with Torsion Bars
Register to Bid

Lamy de Caen, Paris, France (acquired new in 1954)Don Rickert, Montgomery, Alabama (acquired by 1961)Bill Harrah, Reno, Nevada (acquired from the above in 1964)The Imperial Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada (acquired from the above by 1987)Current owner (acquired from the above)

In the 1950s, Spanish manufacturer Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones S.A. (ENASA), known for its heavy trucks, wanted to enter the sports car market. The company’s chief technical manager, Wilfredo Ricart, who had been Alfa Romeo’s chief engineer for special projects from 1936 to 1944, was put in charge of building a world-class GT car. The result was the groundbreaking Pegaso.

Extremely expensive to produce, the Z-102B was followed briefly by the Z-103 in 1955. From 1951 to 1958, fewer than 90 of the Z-102 and the Z-103s were built, making them incredibly rare and exclusive. The original sale price was approximately $17,000. This Pegaso is one of only seven Series 2 Z-102B Berlinettas produced with flamboyant coachwork by Saoutchik, each one being slightly different. Powered by a dual overhead cam, alloy, 2,814 cc V-8 engine mated to a five-speed transaxle, the drivetrain of the Pegaso is a mechanical marvel that is dazzling to see, hear, and drive. Adding to this car’s unique performance is a rare intake manifold crowned by four Weber carburetors. The engine compartment side panels and firewall have a machine-turned finish to accent the magnificent mechanical marvel within.

This Z-102B was delivered new in Paris, France, to Lamy de Caen in October 1954. In the early 1960s, it was purchased by Don Rickert of Montgomery, Alabama, while he served in the US Air Force in Spain; he shipped it to the US upon his return home. In 1964, it was acquired by Bill Harrah to become part of his Harrah’s Automobile Collection. Harrah had a complete high level “gold star” restoration performed by his celebrated facility. Harrah’s shop corresponded frequently with the Pegaso factory during the course of the work; at that time Pegaso still had many of the needed parts in stock. The fascinating correspondence and parts receipts are included with the sale.

In 1987, the car was purchased by the Imperial Palace Collection in Las Vegas, where it was on display until it was acquired by the Blackhawk Collection in 2002. A second restoration was performed between 2006 and 2008, after which the Pegaso was exhibited in its new red livery on the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 2009. It has been on display at the Blackhawk Automobile Museum until recently and was shown at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as part of a special gathering of Pegaso automobiles.

Truly an exotic among exotics, this unique automobile represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most visually stunning engineering marvels of the era.