The model – given that it’s an Alfa (and Italian cars decay pretty fast) – is almost unique, since the Alfa Romeo SZ was anyway produced in just 1,036 examples throughout its life.
The Alfa Romeo SZ (Sprint Zagato) is truly polarizing – it was first presented back in 1989 during the Geneva Motor Show and the high-performance coupe was the work of Zagato, Alfa Romeo and even Fiat – they all pitched in like great partners. With a short production run – between 1989 and 1991, just 1,036 examples were ever produced. It’s rare, and certainly unique, so “Il Monstro” doesn’t really come up in pristine, low-mileage examples unless it’s heading to an auction for as much as $85,000. But here’s an eBay find for the bid that has just passed the $31,100 mark at the time of writing.
It has only 45,000 miles on its odometer and thus the original 3.0-liter V6 under the hood is still alive and well – and from the factory it came with 210 horsepower thanks to an advanced electronic fuel injection system and was linked to a five-speed manual transmission. Ironic or not, the polarizing exterior isn’t actually the work of Zagato – it was designed by Robert Opron of the Fiat design studio, one of the first vehicles to use computer-aided design (or CAD) during development.