Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Quattroruote

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Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Quattroruote Zagato
Alfa Romeo Quattroruote Zagato.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Production 1965–1967
Assembly Zagato
Designer Ercole Spada at Zagato
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style roadster
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Related Alfa Romeo Giulia
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L Twin Cam I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length 3,670 mm (144.5 in)
Width 1,620 mm (63.8 in)
Height 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Kerb weight 750 kg (1,653 lb)

The Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Quattroruote Zagato is a two-seater roadster made between 1965 and 1967 by Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo and the coachbuilder Zagato. The car wears retro bodywork by Zagato, replicating the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider Zagato of the early 1930s, over then-modern Alfa Romeo Giulia mechanicals. Just 92 were made.

History[edit]

The Gran Sport was inspired by an article published by Italian car magazine Quattroruote,[1] and was built in collaboration with Milanese coachbuilder Zagato. The first prototype was introduced in April 1965 at a coachbuilders' motor show at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Turin, while the first production version was unveiled in April of the following year at the New York Auto Show.[2] Alfa Romeo supplied a purpose-built bare chassis to Zagato, where the bodies were hand-built and the cars finished.[3] Engine, gearbox and other mechanicals were from the 105-series Giulia TI.[2] The vehicles were sold through Alfa Romeo's dealer network. Alfa Romeo produced 12 chassis in 1965, 52 in 1966 and 29 in 1967,[4] for a total of only 92 examples made.[3]

The inspiration for the Gran Sport Quattroruote, a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider Zagato

Specifications[edit]

The 1,570 cc Alfa Romeo Twin Cam inline-four engine produced 92 PS DIN (68 kW; 91 bhp) at 6,000 rpm, for a top speed of 155 km/h (96 mph).[5] Transmission, suspension and steering were all carried over from the Giulia: 5-speed gearbox, double wishbone suspension at the front and a solid axle at the rear, coil springs, and rack and pinion steering. On aesthetic grounds 15-inch knock-off wire wheels and drum brakes (front three-shoe and rear two-shoe) were fitted instead of the Giulia's steel wheels and four wheel disc brakes. The body was made of aluminium panels over a tubular framework, after Zagato's traditional construction method. The car was available in two versions: "Normale" and "Extra".[6] As a true roadster the Gran Sport had removable side curtains and top. There was no boot lid, as a spare wheel was carried at the rear, and the luggage compartment was accessible from behind the seats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1966–1968 Alfa Romeo Quattroruote Zagato". sportscarmarket.com. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Fusi (1978), pp. 631–632.
  3. ^ a b Owen, David. Alfa Romeo—Always With Passion. ISBN 1-85960-628-8. 
  4. ^ Fusi (1978), pp. 855–856.
  5. ^ Fusi (1978), p. 633.
  6. ^ "Gran Sport Quattroruote". gulpmodel.interfree.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 21 April 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fusi, Luigi (1978). Alfa Romeo—Tutte le vetture dal 1910—All cars from 1910 (3rd ed.). Milan: Emmeti Grafica editrice.