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FCA Heritage Center rebuilds an Alfa Romeo SZ better than ever

FCA Heritage Center rebuilds an Alfa Romeo SZ better than ever

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One of the first Alfa Romeo SZ models to roll out of the line over three decades ago is back to its former glory and it looks like polarizing like always. It was restored by none other than Alfa Romeo. Well, by FCA Heritagesubsidiary within Stellantide which deals with classic cars from Alfa, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth.

FCA Heritage has been plugging in since 2015, keeping Lancia Deltas go with new parts their catalog and issuing certificates of authenticity to settle craigslist conflicts in Italy. But some of the centre’s most crucial jobs involve servicing classic Italian cars and full restorations as with the SZ.

The FCA Heritage workshop, located in the former Abarth headquarters, closed briefly at the height of the pandemic, but reopened soon after, because someone has to rebuild and restore those machines. And they have to do it right:

This Alfa Romeo SZ is only the last complete restoration FCA Heritage shared with fans. The Alfa SZ is affectionately nicknamed “il mostro”, as Engine period reports, due to its design. He was nicknamed “the monster” because he looked weird and extreme when he debuted in 1989.

I don’t know what Italy’s penchant is for calling its coolest monster vehicles, but there is at least one other sexy red machine from Italy, the Ducati Monster.

the Alfa Romeo SZ (Sport Zagato) was developed and produced in three tiers, as Periodism Remarks. The sleek, blocky car was the product of Alfa’s design team, Fiat Robert Opronand Zagato. Notably, Alfa’s design team was led by Walter DeSilva at the time, and even though the car’s name says Zagato, the company’s design contributions are debated. What is certain is that the Zagato builders assembled the ZF by hand. From FCA Heritage:

This Alfa Romeo SZ, restored in our Officine Classiche workshop, is a factory car from the Balocco test circuit: an authentic test car, it was used in filming for the presentation of the model and differs in various details of other SZ units subsequently produced, including steering wheel and instrumentation background colour.

The SZ was designed by Zagato and the new Alfa Romeo Tonale evokes the proud lines of its front headlights. It was assembled virtually by hand at the Milan bodywork on the outskirts of the city, with around a thousand made between late 1989 and 1991.

The car was completely dismantled and meticulously restored. The full composite body has been stripped and coated and the interior has been completely regenerated with priority for preservation. Our experts, who take care of the Heritage collection, are at your service for your classic Alfa Romeo with the same dedication. Learn more about our catering services.

This decades-old manual assembly had to be followed by a disassembly of the car so that the workshop could restore it to original production specifications, which FCA Heritage maintains in its archives. I can’t imagine what a restoration like this costs, and honestly, I’m a little scared of interrogate. But if you ever find an Alfa Romeo ZF in a barn, rest easy knowing that Alfa can bring it back to life.

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