Lot 20

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ

Coachwork by Zagato

SOLD $1,023,000


$1,250,000 - $1,500,000



Car Highlights

Among the Most Successful Competition Cars of the 1960s
A Wonderfully Presented Example of an Italian Masterpiece
An Incredibly Capable Touring or Vintage Racing Car
One of 112 TZs Built Between 1963 and 1967
Well-Documented History of Caring Stewardship

Technical Specs

1,570 CC DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Two Weber 40 DCOE Carburetors
160 HP at 6,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Double-Wishbone Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Lower-Wishbone Independent Rear Suspension
Register to Bid

M. Shembel, Paris, France (acquired new via SOFAR in 1965)Giorgio Schon, Milan, Italy (acquired in the early 1980s)Pietro Brigato, Italy (acquired from the above in 1986)Peter Rae, Hampshire, United Kingdom (acquired from the above in 1988)Private Collection, Japan (acquired from the above in 1989)Peter Pollard, Surrey, United Kingdom (acquired from the above in 1996)Neil Corner, United Kingdom (acquired from the above in 2002)Peter Mullen, United Kingdom (acquired from the above circa 2004)Nigel Williams, United Kingdom (acquired from the above in 2010)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

1983 FIA Cup for Historic Cars, Giorgio Schön (2nd Overall)2011 Italian Historic Car Cup, Nigel Williams (1st Overall)

Salon Prive, London, England, June 2011Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance, Beverly Hills, California, May 2014

Alfa Romeos enjoyed tremendous success in the 1920s and early 1930s in distance, circuit, and hill climb events across Europe. However, as WWII approached, German super teams from Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union attempted to overshadow the cars from Portello. Postwar, Alfa Romeo picked up its winning ways, with privateers running prewar 8C 2900s. In 1951, the factory Alfetta 158/159 Grand Prix cars withdrew from frontline competition after summarily dominating the first two postwar Formula 1 championships.

Through the 1950s, private owners kept the marque alive in competition, most notably those who ran Zagato-bodied variants of the Giulietta and 1900 models. One of the most successful series was the Sprint Veloce Zagato (SVZ) cars, which began to appear in 1956. Their achievements attracted the attention of Alfa Romeo, who then commissioned Zagato to create the Sprint Zagato (SZ), as a catalogued model in 1960.

The SZ was succeeded in 1963 by an even more specialized car, the stunningly beautiful Tubolare Zagato (TZ). It was named for the new tube-framed chassis it was built around, providing weight savings and rigidity over the SZ. The TZ was built in the shops of Autodelta, the Alfa Romeo factory’s offcial race team. With their sleek, aerodynamic design, 160 hp from the tweaked DOHC 1,570 cc engine, 1,455 lb. weight and powerful disc brakes, the TZ immediately became a winner, capturing class honors at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio, the Nürburgring 1000 Km, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964, as well as winning the Tour de Corse and Coupe des Alpes outright.

One of just 112 cars produced, chassis 10511AR750099 was invoiced by Autodelta to Alfa Romeo S.p.A. on March 3, 1965, with production completed on the 17th of that month. The TZ was sold to Société Française Alfa Romeo (SOFAR) in Paris on March 18th and the car is thought to have remained in France for some time and used in competition, though specific ownership and results are unknown.

A Ferrari dealer in Italy by the name of Giorgio Schön acquired the car in the early 1980s and began racing it in historic events, placing 2nd overall in the 1983 FIA Cup for Historic Cars, among many other accomplishments. The racing career of 10511AR750099 continued with its purchase by Pietro Brigato, who reportedly raced the TZ in long-distance events, such as the Mugello 3-Hours and the Intereuropa Cup at Monza.

Subsequent owner Peter Rae had the car fettled in Europe before it was sold to a Japanese collector, a common occurrence for many gorgeous Italian classics during that period. The well-traveled TZ eventually ended up with Peter Mullen in the UK, who raced the car extensively and spent significant sums preparing the car for competition and the occasional concours. Nigel Williams kept up the tradition of competition and impeccable care while very successfully racing the Alfa Romeo across Europe and displaying it at concours events such as the Salon Prive, where the stunning TZ was shown in 2011. The current owner, a knowledgeable Southern California collector, has since entrusted the car to Symbolic Motors for a thorough service and has since enjoyed the Alfa Romeo as an exhilarating road car.

The TZ has a reputation for being incredibly well-balanced on the track and capable of almost unmentionable thrills on the road. Recently serviced and currently outfitted to compete at the highest level of historic competition – eligible for events such as the Le Mans Classic and Tour Auto – this incredible Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ gives any prospective buyer a shot at experiencing the legendary performance that has made this model a must-have for the most discerning collectors. Whether used on spirited weekend drives or competitive track events, this dual-purpose legend will impress its owner with sights and sounds that can only come from an Italian thoroughbred.