Dream of a Dreamcar
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ
  • A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ

A “MONSTER” DREAM – ALFA ROMEO SZ

I was 10 when I saw it for the first time on a magazine. And I didn’t like it at all. A few months later a family friend who was working for Alfa Romeo, got one on a demo and drove it home. Again, I didn’t like it. Back then my reference in aerodynamics and style for sport cars were the current GTB/GTS Ferrari series.
For my 10 years old eyes the car wasn’t a beauty at all. They called it “il Mostro”, which isn’t just “monster”, it was “THE Monster”. About right I thought.

It is undeniably a square car and its short wheel base accentuate the “bulky” appearance.
I liked the roof line and the tail though. Thanks Zagato, love it.
And the interiors. Oh gosh how much I liked the interiors. Nothing spectacular for nowadays standards and even back then was a mix of parts coming from the production lines of other vehicles of the FIAT Group, but it was the right mix.
I felt like never before. It wasn’t the first time I sat in a sport car but that Monster somehow brutally got my rationality and brought me into a world of wonder made of racing heritage that by that time was about to say “goodbye” to Alfa.
Another era was about to come, not a good one I’d say. The SZ, “il Mostro” was possibly the last shouted hooray of RWD Alfas.
And my-oh if it was a shout!
Actually my memories and dreams go over and over again on that very moment when I sled the mechanical key, those we don’t have anymore, into the ignition and twisted it.
It was a mighty Alfa-Romeo 3 litres V6 good for more than 200 furious horses.
On paper it was the same power unit of the Alfa 75 V6 but it sounded nothing like it, it was something else.
Supported by an italic crowd I was asked to rev and rev. Shivers. I still feel it.
So I still dream about it.
I dream about sliding that key into the ignition, sitting on those seats, smelling that atmosphere of open exhaust lines, burned oil and uncombusted gases. And that “Busso” V6 music. Waiting for the oil temperature gauge to sign the right moment. The mechanical clonks when shifting the five speeds.
Just 1036 units were completed, so it is also quite rare. And it was only available in Alfa-red.
A dream but not an impossible one. A “Mostro” that doesn’t make the dream a nightmare.

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