2003 Alfa Romeo TZ2 Re-creation (FIA)

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  • This fabulous TZ2 re-creation was envisaged from the start as a completely accurate “tool-room copy” of a 1966 Alfa Romeo TZ2 race car

  • Two original cars (#115 & #117), an original Autodelta-measured drawing and supporting period photos were used for reference throughout the build

  • Chassis constructed by the original Italian constructor using the correct specification chrome-moly steel to the original Autodelta TZ2 design

  • The bodywork was formed in the original Autodelta TZ2 moulds which luckily still existed

  • Original Autodelta monobloc, dry-sump engine and drive train came from the ex-Bardelli, factory TZ2 (#750 117) that had been campaigned at Imola, Mugello and the Targa Florio

  • Engine fully rebuilt with a Dyno print-out. Final commissioning by Hall and Hall

  • FIA HTP (Class GTS10 Period F 1961 - 1965) should ensure invitations to all of Europe's Blue Riband Historic meetings

The factory team Alfa Romeo TZ2, nicknamed in period ‘Il Bambino GTO’, is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic small-capacity Gran Turismo competition car designs of all time. But where some 36 Ferrari 250 GTOs were produced, in stark contrast only ten, or possibly 12, true Autodelta TZ2s are understood to have been completed. It was conceived, designed and manufactured by the Autodelta subsidiary of Alfa Romeo in Italy, this quasi-works specialist competition-unit having been created by ex-Ferrari chief engineer Ing. Carlo Chiti and his friend and associate Ludovico Chizzola in 1963 so it is understandable that the inspiration and passion of the Ferrari 250 GTO infused this project. From 1965, Alfa Romeo’s commitment to factory racing changed up a gear, and Autodelta had become an integrated division of the Milan-based giant, moving from its modest original facility in the provincial town of Udine to occupy extensive workshops nearer to the Alfa Romeo production plant, at Settimo Milanese.

The TZ2 chassis was similar to the original TZ consisting of a steel-tubed space-frame but significantly developed with lower suspension mounts and more adjustability. The prototype was wrapped in an all-alloy body shell designed by Ercole Spada for Zagato but subsequent cars were moulded from this and clothed in glass fibre. The total height of the vehicle was a mere 41-inches and the low-nose, flowing design proved very aerodynamically efficient, resulting in much higher speeds than anticipated. Under the bonnet lay an Alfa Romeo double overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder engine displacing 1570cc. The engines were built by Virgilio Conrero's Torino shop, Autotecnica Conrero and were fitted with larger valves, magnesium casings, upgraded camshafts, twin side-draught Weber carburettors, dry-sump lubrication, and a twin-plug head. These improvements produced around 170bhp at a sonorous 7000rpm and, when combined with a featherlight 620kg and a slippery shape, the top speed was in excess of 160mph, pretty impressive for a 1600. The racing debut of the Alfa Romeo TZ2 was at the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans when three cars were entered, however, all three failed to finish the race. That was to be their only outing for the season, however, in 1966 they re-appeared, and in very strong fashion, winning the 1.6-litre GT-Class in every race they entered. Surprisingly, even with this new-found racing success, the TZ2 program was soon dropped and efforts were focused on the GTA and Tipo 33 program. Most of the original cars were later sold to privateers and remain in private collections to this day rarely, if ever, coming to market.

The sheer impossibility of finding an original TZ2 (as opposed to the much more plentiful TZ, cosmetically modified) inspired the builder of this fabulous TZ2 re-creation and he intended that the car was to be a thorough and completely accurate “tool-room copy” of an Alfa Romeo TZ2 race car. The project began assembly in 2003 and used two original cars, Alfa Museum car #750 115 and #750 117, as a very close reference throughout the build, as well as an original Autodelta-measured drawing of the chassis and supporting period photo reference material gathered over time. The car had to be built to the original standard and therefore the chassis was constructed by the original Italian constructor using the correct specification chrome-moly steel and all to the original Autodelta TZ2 design. The glass fibre bodywork wa

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This item is part of RACE RETRO SALE 2020 - Day 1 -Competition Cars
 Friday, Feb 21, 2020 | 2:30 PM  EUR (GMT)
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2003 Alfa Romeo TZ2 Re-creation (FIA)
2003 Alfa Romeo TZ2 Re-creation (FIA)
Lot number: 212
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Event: RACE RETRO SALE 2020 - Day 1 -Competition Cars
Ends: Friday, February 21 | 2:30 PM  EUR (GMT)

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