Alfa Romeo’s Sport Zagato is a weapon. I don’t mean that it’s good on track or particularly fast, though it’s no slouch at either. No, I mean it’s a weapon in the sense that it’s been well trained and it’s full of sharp edges. This thing is one of Zagato’s more holy-shit-1990s designs, and it all culminates in a car so sharp it could slice your honey baked ham just by looking at it. And for that reason alone, I really want it.
It’s not a particularly pretty car, but somehow all of these edges and angles and slab-sides work together in a way that is appealing. It’s fetching in the kind of way that a building is. It doesn’t inspire physical attraction quite so much as it does inquisitive glances. It’s no Miura, that’s for sure.
Powered by a 3-liter V6 with 207 horsepower, this rear-wheel-drive army of one is based on the same platform as the Alfa “compact executive car” 75 sedan. The suspension, however, was pulled from Alfa’s IMSA race car, engineered by the works rally team, and input from Koni. With original equipment Pirelli PZeroes in 205/55-16 front and 225/50-16 rear, this ridiculous little sports car could, by some accounts, corner as high as 1.4G, which was absolutely bonkers for 1990.
Every single SZ was built in this color combination, and only 1036 examples were produced. About 10% of these were exported to Japan, where they were a huge hit for some reason.
If you want to have the raddest car on your block, which also happens to look like a block of cheese mated with an aircraft carrier, buy this Alfa ASAP.
You can find the listing on San Francisco’s Craigslist where you can see more photos and read more information.