Wonderful Sebring airfield shot of the Autodelta TZ2’s of Russo/Andrey and Bianchi/Consten…

The Ford GT40 X-1 Roadster of Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby won the race, Russo/Andrey winning their class and placing fourteenth outright, not bad for a 175bhp car! The Bianchi car did not finish.

Autodelta and TZ1…


Zagato press release of TZ1, the car for both road and track (Carrozzeria Zagato)

Autodelta was formed by Carlo Chiti after the failure of ATS, the Grand Prix team formed by Chiti and other ex-Ferrari staff after the Commendatores’ purge in 1961.

The TZ1 was a collaboration between Autodelta, Alfa Romeo and Zagato. The car was designed by Autodelta using  familiar ‘105 Series’ Alfa components including the engine, 5 speed gearbox and differential. The car was ‘clothed’ by Ercole Spada at Zagato.

Autodelta used a lightweight multi-tubular spaceframe for the chassis’construction, specifying an aluminium body, disc brakes and independent suspension, it weighed 660Kg.

112 Z1’s were built for both road and track, the car was quickly homologated into the 1600 GT category by the FIA becoming a class winner on both sides of the Atlantic.

Alfa realised the importance of Autodelta to build their brand image via racing and acquired the company in 1964, moving it to Milan.


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In 1965 the design was refined, creating the TZ2.

It was lighter, fibeglass was used for the body rather than aluminium, tipping the scales at just 620 Kg and lower at 41 inches high. The  Z2 was also more powerful, using a 1600 twin plug engine which gave around 170bhp @ 7000rpm. The engine was dry-sumped to allow it to sit lower in the chassis. Z2 engines were prepared by Autotecnica Conrero in Turin- this engine was homologated for use in the last of the TZ1’s and would be very effective in the GTA ‘105 Series’ touring cars in the years to come.

13 inch Campagnolo wheels were used to make better use of the racing rubber of the day, rather than the 15’s of the Z1.

The chassis’ were built by Ambrosini, 12 were built- 10 racers with a chassis each given to Bertone and Pininfarina to create ‘catwalk models’!

In standard form the car is sensational to look at, its low, swoopy and curvaceous with one curve merging into the other until ended abruptly with the ‘chopped-off’ Kamm tail.

The TZ2 was raced 5 times in International events by Autodelta finishing first in class at all of them, Sebring inclusive.

After 18 months of dominating the 1.6 litre GT class, for Autodelta it was time for bigger challenges but the TZ played a pivotal role in Alfas re-entry to sportscar racing, the Tipo 33 sports-prototype program picked up where the TZ’s finished- in fact the prototype T33 was powered by a TZ2 engine!

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The Russo/Andrey Tz2 being ‘monstered’ by a Ford GT40 Mk2 (Pinterest)




The 1966 Sebring winning Shelby American entered Ford GT40 X-1 above driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby.

The machine was a heavily modified GT40 Mk1 comprising an aluminium rather than steel chassis, Mk2 nose, no roof and a 7 litre/427 CID V8 as per Mk 2 specifications.

Zagato Tz Register…






TZ essential elements were a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis, ‘105 Series’ engine, gearbox and differential- about 170bhp in TZ2 ‘GTA specification, disc brakes and independent suspension front and rear.

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TZ1 Cutaway, but essentially the same elements in both cars as above- Alfa engine, gearbox and diff, spaceframe chassis all clad in a gorgeous Zagato body.

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Interior of a restored TZ2 (Pinterest)


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The tough life of an Autodelta test drive! Balacco 1966. TZ2. (Pinterest)



Targa 1966 was won by the Mairesse/Muller Porsche 906, highest placed TZ2 was the Pinto/Todaro car in fourth place outright, and first in class. Car # 114 in shot is the Zeccoli/Russo car which finished thirteenth (Pinterest)


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TZ2 Targa Florio 1966 (Pinterest)



Its regarded that 12 TZ2 chassis were built with 2 used as show cars. This is chassis # 750101 the ‘Canguro’, designed by the young Giorgetto Giugiaro whilst at Bertone in 1964. (Pinterest)



The other show car chassis # 750114 was allocated to Pininfarina, who built the ‘Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 TZ2 Coupe Pininfarina’ in 1965



Tailpiece: Surfers Paradise 12 Hour 1966…

(S Johnson)

Alec Mildren imported and raced two TZ’s to Australia, a TZ1 and TZ2, the latter is shown above looking all moody and evocative during the inaugural twelve hour race at Surfers Paradise in 1966.

Kevin Bartlett and Doug Chivas raced the car to third in amongst the top-guns, the race won by the Scuderia Veloce Ferrari 250LM driven by Jackie Stewart and Andy Buchanan.

Photo Credits…

Nigel Smuckatelli, Pinterest, Carozzeria Zagato, Alfa Romeo, Stewart Johnson






  1. […] Magic shot from the collection of the late racer Ray Kaleda- that’s Glenn Abbey with the hand on the roof and Bob Jane’s Jaguar E Type Lightweight to the left, with Spencer Martin at the wheel- thanks to Glenn Moulds for identifying the meeting date and the race itself. I wrote an article a while back about the development of the Alfa TZ1/2; […]

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