Festa (Auto) Italia

Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato


Today in Hobart, the Italian community put on their annual Festa Italia and the one car club I’m still a paid member of, Club Motori Italia, were asked to provide some Italian rolling stock to beautify the street. Although I don’t have an Italian car anymore, I figured it might be fun to go along, if only just to drool a little and take in the atmosphere with my Nikon.

Whenever I go to a car exhibition in Tasmania, there’s always at least one vehicle there that genuinely surprises me, simply for the fact that someone here has got one. I’ve been a few Italian car shows here, but I’ve never seen this SZ Zagato here before.

It’s one of only 998 ever built, hence my surprise that one would end up all the way down here (still in LHD, too). This one was locked up, so I couldn’t get much in the way of details. I did, however, photograph one of these at a car show in Trollhattan last summer so you can see a few more shots here.

You can see the headlamp design heritage from the Zagato to the Brera, though it’s about all they have in common. The SZ has very sharp lines compared to the flowing curves of the Brera.

This Lancia 1800 is owned by the guy who accompanied me when I crashed my Viggen back in 2007. It’s all set up for Targa racing (and is for sale, too!).

The car below is another one of those head scratchers. How did it end up here? It’s a Fiat Model Zero, one of only 2,113 made from 1913.

It has a four cylinder, 1846cc engine producing around 12hp. No, there’s not a zero missing from the end of that figure. The head and the block are cast as a single unit (no gaskets) with the valves inserted via some removable plugs in the block. The sump and gearbox casing are also one single casting.

Instruments? We don’t need no stinkin’ instruments!! Notice there’s no gearchange or handbrake levers in there, either. They’re on the outside.

I guess I better move on to millionaire’s row šŸ™‚

Whilst the other cars were parked on the street (including the very rare Zagato), these gems were parked in a roped off area just off the street. The owners were kind enough to let me jump the rope, however, and get some close ups. Yes, I could indeed shoot Ferrari details all day if I had to.

Those with keen eyes would have noted there’s one non-Fezza in that photo. It’s a Lamborghini Uracco.

There’s a full gallery below, featuring all the photos above as well as a bunch of detail photos from this wonderful Italian display. Several of these vehicles will be in action a few weeks from now at a local hillclimb event. I’ll be officiating there and am looking forward to seeing some of them in action.

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