The story of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ began in 1956, when noted Italian coachbuilder, Elio Zagato took possession of a wrecked Giulietta Sprint Veloce. The Milanese craftsman proceeded to produce new aluminum speedster-style bodywork, the results of which lead local Giulietta SV owners to request their own Zagato body kits. Eventually, the Zagato-spec caught the attention of the Turin marque, which commissioned Elio to produce a limited run of SZ (AKA “Sprint Zagato”) versions of the Giulietta.
With a short wheelbase, high-end running gear, and a high-performance, all-alloy, 1.8L, double overhead cam, inline-four Type AR00120 engine, the Giulietta SZ was quite the performer, with an aerodynamic and lightweight design that enabled it to go toe-to-toe with 1960s cars with markedly more displacement. In total, only 200 units were produced before Alfa pulled the plug, making remaining specimens incredibly elite and highly sought-after. Known for selling off some of the most expensive cars in history, Gooding & Company is currently offering a pristine 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato with an asking price of $495,000. This particular 1960 specimen was purchased new in Italy by Rinaldo Parmigiani, an Italian racer who regularly competed in the Mille Miglia and Mugello throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s.