SVZ doubtful for Rolland/Augias
On 1-27 "PeterK" asked "does anyone know something about the SVZ of Jean Rolland - Gabriel Augias...?"
While Anselmi's large format book on the Giulietta is a wonderful resource, I believe he relied on inaccurate information to list Rolland/Augias as having four class and one overall victories in rallies and a hill climb in an SVZ in 1959 and '60. I think that R and A were in Rolland's SVA. We know that race entry and finish order lists in the late '50s and early '60s sometimes were ambiguous or inaccurate when it came to "Giulietta," "Sprint", "SV," "SVZ" and "SZ."
Jaubert, Rolland's biographer, does not include an SVZ. Jaubert writes about Rolland successes in a Peugeot 203, then the appeal of the additional horsepower of a Conrero prepared SVA (although Rolland thought the Peugeot was better suited for winter rallies). That SVA purchase was in 1959; in 1961 Rolland bought an SZ.
I don't have any photos of Rolland in the the five events Anselmi lists, but a photo of Rolland's entry in the June 1960 Mont Ventoux climb clearly is of a Sprint Veloce. Anselmi lists him in an SVZ at Mont Ventoux a year earlier; I doubt the logic of that.
It is understandable that we would think a successful driver such as Rolland would be in the best car for the time, but in this case he was winning without it!