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Beauty And Speed: The Alfa Romeo Tubolare Zagato

It is no doubt that Alfa Romeo produces not only beautiful cars but also cars that you can be very proud to drive because of how smooth they run.

If you’re anything like us, you love the wide variety of models and configurations released by Alfa Romeo’s design teams of the past and today, we are placing the spotlight on the classic Alfa Romeo TZ models.

The Tubolare Zagato

Manufactured from 1963 to 1967, the Guioz TZ (Tubolare Zagato or Tubular Zagato) was designed as a race car. A simple glance at how it looks and you will notice the similarity in appearance with the Ferrari 250 GTO.

The name TZ is due to the tubular frame chassis that it has instead of the usual unitary steel construction of the Guilias. Additionally, the body is built and designed by Zagato. Although it may not look like the other Guilia models, many of the mechanical parts are based on it. 

The Lightweight Alfa Romeo Guilia TZ1

The first of the TZ was produced in 1963 and it’s mechanically based on the Giulia. However, Autodelta, the racing arm of Alfa Romeo created the tubular frame chassis, where it gets part of its name. Zagato designed it to be a very lightweight vehicle.  

Additionally, it also has a shorter wheelbase at 150mm, a bare cabin, independent suspension, and disk brakes. The resulting total weight of the vehicle was only at around 650 kilograms. This low weight vehicle carn reaches speeds up to 216 km per hour. This car is not only for racing but also for street use. The engine is capable of producing about 160 horsepower with the race trim and is detuned to 112 horsepower for road use. 

Apart from being lightweight, the body of the TZ is also narrow and sleek. This helps with aerodynamics to reduce drag. This is where you might see the similarities to the Ferrari 250 GTO. Both vehicles are designed to be in the shape wherein aerodynamics is carefully considered. Additionally, it also had Guilia’s standard wet steel liners but they were at an angle to further improve airflow.

The rear of the TZ also positively affects it’s performance. It features the coda tronca style. Coda tronca is Italian which means short tail. This style works in the principle that if the tail isn’t long like the once you’d see on an aircraft, it would be best to chop it off. Zagato has used this style previously on their other sports-racing cars like the Sprint Zagato. 

The Lighter Alfa Romeo Guilia TZ2

The production of the TZ2 started in 1964. This vehicle also has a strong resemblance to the Ferrari GTO. However, there are certain differences from the TZ1. First of all, the body of the TZ2 is slightly sleeker, wider, and lower than the TZ1. It was made even lighter by substituting the aluminum body with fiberglass. That reduced the weight of the TZ2 further down to about 620 kilograms. It is designed to be tightly molded to the chassis to further lower the drag.

The TZ1 was created for race and street but the TZ2 was specifically designed with a race trim only. To raise the output and reach 170 horsepower, it has twin spark plugs plus dry-sump lubrication for a lower center of gravity. These slight changes further improved the TZ2 when it comes to racing. It was now able to reach top speeds of 245 km per hour. A slight difference on the rear window is also noticeable. With the previous having three-part windows, the TZ2 now has a single unit. 

The production wasn’t long and has stopped by the end of 1965, which is why only 12 TZ2s were ever built. In 1966 onwards, Alfa Romeo stopped the car racing program on the Giulia and made room for their other GTA racing program.

The Modern TZ3 Stradale

Fast forward to 2010, as an homage to Alfa’s centenary, the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale was conceived. Instead of having the Italian mechanicals, it uses the last Dodge Viper. It has the same 8.4-liter V-10 engine and 98.9 in wheelbase. However, the exterior is made to resemble an Alfa Romeo. Although it still has side exhaust tips, the body is very much of the Zagato style such as the coda tronca tail, Kammback shape, and double-bubble roof. Zagato considers this as the first American Alfa. Looks aside, driving it feels just like driving a viper.

A Rare Gem

The Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ is truly a gem and a rare collector’s item because Zagato only created 112 units for the first generation and 12 for the second. That’s the reason why it is one of the most valuable classic cars that many Alfa Romeo collectors dream of having. 

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Long Distance Transport For Your Alfa Romeo

Are you moving to another state? Maybe you’re bringing your Alfa Romeo to a car show in another city. Whatever the reason is, there might be a need for you to bring your vehicle from one place to another.

Sure you can drive your car to the said place but why do that when you can hire a car transport service.

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A Visual List Of Our Favorite Alfa Romeo Cars

It’s no surprise that we simply adore Alfa Romeos. Whether they are the classic models or the much newer models. However, simply reading about them and knowing their capabilities, design, and performance may not be enough.

Let us give you a treat by showing you some of our favorite Alfa Romeo photos.

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Classic Car Insurance For Your Alfa Romeo

As one of the countless Alfa Romeo Spider owners in the world today, we know first-hand of the happiness and pride that comes owning such a unique and sexy car. Unlike many collector that hide their sports cars in a storage garage, sexy cars like the Spider these are not meant to be stored – they’re meant to be driven!

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Alfa Romeo – The Luxury Brand That Won’t Quit

The Alfa Romeo is a well-loved European brand that produces fine quality luxury vehicles. It’s a resilient brand that has had a lot of close calls but they always seem to pull themselves back up again.

A look at their catalog will reveal some of the most beautiful cars that were ever made. Look back to a decade ago and you’ll see the magnificent line of luxury cars they have to offer. That includes the Giluletta, Brera, Spider, and Mito.

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Transporting Your Sports Car? Get A Covered Car Transport

Congratulations on your recent sports car purchase. Whether you’ve got one of the world’s most affordable sports cars or the more expensive ones, you have to think about how to properly transport it.

There are a variety of ways on how to transport your most precious sports car. One of the best ways to do that is to hire covered car transport. Covered transport provides better security and improved protection for your vehicle while on the road to you.

Apart from that, here are a couple more reasons why you should opt for covered car transport:

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Ten Years With The Alfa Romeo’s Modern Giulietta (Type 940)

Alfa Romeo’s fleet of luxury and sports cars also includes a more family-friendly vehicle to cater to a broader market. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Type 940 is the company’s take on a small sized family car. If you’re looking for a family car, you might also want to check out our Alfa Romeo Stelvio feature post.

Released in 2010 as part of their centenary celebration, this model is still in reproduction up to date and has received upgrades through the years. If you want to enjoy riding a sports car with the family, then this is a great contender. Below are the details so you can better assess whether it is suitable for you and your family.

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A Look Back At The 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV

We have come a long way since the invention of the wheel.  It seems we’re nearly on the verge of self-driving cars becoming reality.

We are entering the world of the Jetsons.

Yet even the current generation of cars can do so much that the original founders of the car would have a difficult time accepting how much the car industry has evolved if they were given a peek into the moderns world of cars from the afterlife.

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