Few automotive styling houses have a more polarizing portfolio than Zagato. It seems you either love the work of the Milan-based coachbuilder or you hate it – and the Alfa Romeo SZ is one its most divisive works.
Strangely, the SZ, which stands for Sprint Zagato, was actually designed by French designer Robert Opron, who was under contract with Fiat at the time. Zagato contributed some of its talents to the front and rear end of the concept car, dubbed the ES-30, however the production version closely resembled Opron’s initial sketches.
But much like Zagato, Opron was no stranger to divisive design . His resume consists of some pretty zany creations, including the Series 3 Citroën DS, the Citroën SM, GS and CX and the Renault Fuego. The eclectic Opron-Zagato pairing delivered on weirdness, with the weirdo SZ going on to receive the nickname ‘Il Mostro’ or ‘The Monster.’
If you’re anything like us, you love most of Zagato’s and Opron’s work and absolutely adore the SZ. Unfortunately, only around 1,000 were built for the European market, making them a rare find in Europe and nigh impossible to find in the U.S.
A well-kept 1991 SZ Zagato was recently listed for sale on eBay Motors in the U.S., presenting American Alfa fans with the rare opportunity to own this quirky two-door and drive it on U.S. roads. The car shows 45,000 miles on the odometer and features light modifications in the way of a Kenwood stereo, Sparco racing pedals and hood pins. Nothing that can’t be undone, luckily.
San Francisco’s Euro Classix Cars bought the car from a Japanese dealer before shipping it to the U.S. for sale, if you’re wondering how this rare piece of Italian exotica found its way stateside. Check out the listing here for additional information and photos.
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