Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pegaso Z-102 Touring Superleggera (1951-58)

The Pegaso Z-102 was a sports car produced by Pegaso in Spain in both coupé and spider form between 1951 and 1958.

It was the brainchild of former Alfa Romeo designer Wilfredo Ricart and built by the government backed ENASA, short for Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones SA, in the remnants of the Hispano Suiza factory. The name Pegaso was derived from the Greek mythical creature Pegasus; a flying horse. The Z-102 was discontinued after 1958. Just 86 cars were produced, and out of these, only 28 cabriolets were built.

The Z102 entered production with a 2.5 (2472cc) litre engine as used in the prototypes, though later there were variants with 2.8 (2816cc), and 3.2 (3178cc) litre DOHC desmodromic 32-valve V8 360 hp (270 kW) engines with multiple carburetors or optional supercharger. Horsepower ranged from 175 to 360, and, transferred through a five-speed gearbox and gear-driven camshaft, the fastest could reach 155 mph (249 km/h), exceeding Ferrari autos.The base model had an 120 mph (192 km/h) top speed.

The Z-102 employed racing-car technology in its chassis and alloy body. Everything was produced in-house at Barcelona, where the Pegaso cars factory was, with the exception of the external coachwork, either by Carrozzeria Touring, Saoutchik or Serra.

The Z-102 started life as two prototypes in 1951 as a coupe and a drophead. The coupe and convertible had dumpy steel bodies, and weight was an issue to the extent that Pegaso made the decision to revert to alloy for the coachwork. Coachbuilder Touring then 'beautified' the design, replacing the grille with a two-piece cross, lowering the car, repositioning the foglights, and simplifying various details to give it a clean profile, similar to the contemporary Aston Martin DB2 and the Lancia Aurelia, that was the most memorable and numerous of all Z-102 bodies. (wikipedia, ultimatecarpage.com)


These later Touring units have a different rear lights design.

(Photos from rmsothebys.com, forumducavallino.nuxit.net and classiccartrust.com)

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