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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:2011
Designed by:Zagato
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 29, 2011
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn 2010 Zagato rekindled its relationship with Alfa Romeo with the launch of the TZ3 Corsa at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. This one-off machine was commissioned by a German collector with a great passion for Zagato bodied Alfa Romeos. The design, inspired by the TZ Alfa Romeos of the early 1960s, was very well received and Zagato set about developing a limited edition, road going version.

The track oriented TZ3 Corsa was based on the Gillet Vertigo racing car and featured a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and aluminium body panels. For the road going version, Zagato needed a slightly more civlised platform and eventually opted for the Dodge Viper ACR. Big advantages of this solution is the easy-to-work-with steel backbone chassis and the V10 engine, which provides plenty of power and torque.

To create the 'TZ3 Stradale', the American running gear has been clothed in a carbon-fibre shell. Its design is similar to the earlier car complete with the obvious TZ2 influences like the long engine cover and the cut-off 'Kamm' tail. New for this version of the TZ3 is Zagato's trademark 'double bubble' roof. The TZ3 Stradale's alloy wheels are a modern interpretation of the 'Campagnolo' wheels fitted to 1960s and '70s Alfa Romeos.

Zagato have expressed the intention to produce a total of nine Stradales, limiting the complete TZ3 run to just ten examples. The first example was built to the order of an American collector, while the second and third car will head to Japan and Europe respectively.

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