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  Pegaso Z102 B 2.8 Saoutchik Coupe

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Country of origin:Spain
Produced from:1951 - 1956
Numbers built:6 (Second Series Saoutchik Coupes)
Designed by:Jacques Saoutchik
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 29, 2008
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Click here to download printer friendly versionRicart's speciality was engines and he did not waste any of his talents on the Pegaso. He penned a V8 equipped with two camshafts for each bank of cylinders. Included in the design were many typical Alfa Romeo inspired elements like the beautiful valve covers and hemispherical combustion chambers. Initial displacement was a modest 2.5 litre but Ricart left enough room to increase the swept volume to 2.8 and even 3.2 litre. Breathing was through a choice of Weber Carburetors (among the few non Spanish parts on the car) and supercharging was also offered. The smallest of the engine variants was good for an impressive 165 bhp while a whopping 360 bhp was claimed for the blown 3.2.

Although never raced, the Alfa Romeo 512 did underline that Ricart had a fine understanding of chassis design as well and again he used all of it for the Z102. Instead of bolting the five speed gearbox directly to the engine as was common practice, he mounted it in unit with the final drive. With more weight towards the rear of the car, the balance was much more neutral. Also directly derived from racing was the DeDion axle complete with transverse torsion bars used for the rear suspension. At the front double wishbones and longitudinal torsion bars were used. Massive finned drums provided the stopping power. This high-tech running gear was fitted to a steel platform chassis with an unusually short wheelbase.

Up to here there were no flaws but unfortunately all of these beautiful mechanicals were covered by a rather ungainly and awkward ENASA built coachwork. So visitors of the 1951 Paris Auto Salon can be excused if they were not impressed at first sight by the new manufacturer from Barcelona. The situation was soon rectified as Pegaso brought an example with a see through body to the next major shows. Additionally specialist coach builders Touring of Milan and Saoutchik of Paris were commissioned to work their 'magic' on the Z102 chassis. The two specialists complemented each other's work with Touring providing elegant coupe bodies while Jacques Saoutchik penned strangely attractively baroque coupe and cabriolet bodies.

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