Italian coachbuilder and stylist Zagato will help Alfa Romeo celebrate its 100th birthday by displaying a new concept car at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este near Lake Como, Italy later this month. The car follows Alfa Romeo concepts by Pininfarina and Bertone that bowed at this year's Geneva motor show.
Dubbed the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa, the concept will undoubtedly pay homage to special Alfa TZ models of the past while at the same time celebrating Alfa Romeo's centenary anniversary. The TZ3 Corsa is said to celebrate the shared philosophy of "utilitarian beauty" that both Alfa Romeo and Zagato embrace.
The original Alfa Romeo TZ was introduced in the 1960s as a sports-racing car designed to take on international competition at race tracks all over the world. While the model shared its basic engine design with the Giulia coupe and spider road cars, the TZ used a tubular spaceframe chassis, a fully independent suspension, and disc brakes at all four corners - heady stuff for the mid-sixties. The TZ's defining stylistic element was the "coda tronca" bodywork - literally meaning "cut tail" in Italian.
Versions were built for both the street and the track, and by 1965, the TZ2 replaced the original TZ. With new fiberglass body panels, a one-piece rear window, more aerodynamic styling (though retaining the coda tronca tail), and a more powerful engine the new car was even faster than the original, though development was stopped by year's end as Alfa focused its racing efforts on the more production-based GTA.
With the TZ being one of our favorite Alfa Romeo models design-wise, we're looking forward to seeing how Zagato pulls off a modern take on this old classic.
Source: Concorso d'Eleganza, BMW Photos: Alfa Romeo, Zagato