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  Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1963 - 1965
Numbers built:112 (All chassis)
Internal name:10511
Designed by:Zagato
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 13, 2019
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Click here to download printer friendly versionStill pending homologation, the TZ debuted at the 1963 Monza Cup where it immediately filled the top four positions in the prototype class. By the start of the 1964 season, the Giulia TZ was fully homologated. This was the start of a hugely successful racing career that saw the small and very light Alfa Romeo racer rack up several outright victorious and numerous class wins in events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebring 12 Hours, Monza 1000 km, Nürburgring 1000 km and Targa Florio.

Development continued and by 1965 an updated version of the Giulia racer was introduced that was dubbed the TZ2 to distinguish it from the first generation cars. The most crucial difference was a lower and lighter still fibreglass body. It was fitted with a dry-sump, twin-spark version of the engine that produced a staggering 170 bhp, allowing for a 245 km/h top speed. In addition to the TZ2s, there were also several TZs built with a fibreglass body during the 1965 season.

At 620kg, the TZ2 was remarkably light and continued winning where the TZ had left off. Development stopped at the end of 1965 when Autodelta diverted their attention on the Giulia GTA touring car and subsequently the Type 33 sports prototype. It is believed that only 112 TZ chassis were built, with only 12 finished as TZ2s and a further two examples as show cars with unique coachwork by Bertone and Pininfarina.

Today, the TZ and especially the TZ2 rank among the most sought after of all post-War Alfa Romeos. With the TZ, Autodelta pointed Alfa Romeo back in the right direction and on to a competition career that would eventually see the famous Italian brand return to Formula 1.

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