Rare Alfa Romeo to debut at US show

Last updated 10:46 28/02/2013

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The last of only nine custom built Alfa Romeo Stradale TZ3s will make its debut at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance next month.

The TZ3s is known as the Italian sports car with "the heart of a Viper and the soul of an Alfa".

Just nine Stradale TZ3s have been built to celebrate the centenary of Carrozzeria Zagato in 2010. The Azzurro California hued example to appear at next month's Amelia Island event is the final car in the exclusive series.

Built by Carrozzeria Zagato as a design exercise, the Stradale TZ3 wears the ancient traditional Alfa-Romeo badge of the serpent and the 1925 world grand prix champion's wreath. Under its elegant and sensuous carbon fibre bodywork the Zagato TZ3 Stradale packs the brute force of another potent snake, the 8.3 litre 600 hp V10 of the new SRT Viper.

Zagato calls the Stradale TZ3 "the first American Alfa in automotive history" combining "unbridled American power and Italian grace". Inspired by the motto "bellazza necessaria" (beautiful necessity) the TZ3's Kamm tail, "double bubble roof" and round taillights are all prominent Zagato design signatures.

"The TZ3 is a very serious machine and will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds," says the Stradale's Florida-based owner. "I chose the Azzurro California blue color to match the Florida Sky, and I'm looking forward to seeing it on Amelia's field on Concours day."

Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world, drawing nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world.

Among other rare cars confirmed for the show, which runs March 8-10, are:

  • Edsel Ford's "continental car" from the 1930s. Is is a custom boat-tail speedster with V8 power and running gear wrapped in an all-aluminium body made by Ford's aircraft division.
  • Nine Cadillac concept cars - 1949 Fleetwood Coupe De Ville prototype, two 1953 Le Mans roadsters, 1953 El Dorado Special, 1956 El Dorado Brougham Town Car, 1959 Cyclone, 1961 El Dorado Chicago Auto Show car, 2002 Cien and the 1000-horsepower 2003 Cadillac Sixteen.
  • The supercharged Miller 91, the 1928 Indianapolis 500 pole winner in record speed of 124.018 miles per hour (199.588 kmh). The car will be part of a display to the honour the work of legendary US race car designer Harry Miller.

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