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Tz #750062

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Those were the days:

Last weekend I met a guy, Udo from Tyrol, Austria, who was the owner of TZ #750062 for a few years.
In the mid 1960s Udo bought one GiuliaSS (AR380285, engine AR00121*00421) from Germany, which he rolled after a few years in 1970. The destroyed car was resold to Germany again.

A few days later he acquired TZ #750062 (rosso, engine #10511*00059) in Italy and imported it to Austria. It was light, low, loud, and fast. The red car was prepared by Facetti, it had 180 (SAE) hp and a fishtail side exhaust pipe as seen on the GTAs. It needed 3 sorts of spark plugs: one for town, one for open roads, and one for races.

The owner had some crazy friends at the time like Klaus Reisch, Austrian Touringcar-Championship winner in 1968 in a RHD GTA, who raced T33/2 #029 (still around) in 1970 and later died in 1971 at the Imola 500 km in one unknown T33/3. Another friend was Franz Albert, known for his Albert camshafts and wheels for Alfa, BMW, Porsche, VW, etc., he used a BrabhamRepco Formula One car in mountain races (!), and later fitted the engines for the German Koeing Ferraris, Mercedes' and Porsches (Albrex Turbo with 700+ hp, seen in "Rocky"). And Karl Wendlinger, father of the former F1 driver, raced a Abarth in 1970, and GTAJ #776059 in 1971 and 1972 (ex Hähn, now with Alfina).
To get an Austrian road registration, he told the new TZ owner to go to a special guy at the Tyrolean registration department. That engineer was known as a car lover, and Wendlinger meant, if something is wrong with the car, for sure he will tell.

So Udo drove slowly to the department, always in high gears, because the car was so loud. When he got out of the car, the engineer asked: "And you really believe you will get a registration for this toy?". "Why not?", asked Udo. So the engineer looked for the brakes, lights, steering, and said "Now I have to prove the car". He sat in (alone), and drove away, leaving Udo standing at the place. Five minutes were gone, ten minutes, thirty minutes, and Udo only hoped that there was no accident. After one hour the man returned and shouted: "Wow, it feels like a Go-kart!"; and after a moment: "so let's have a look: the lights are working, the brakes are working, why rather shouldn't we register that car? But... never rev more than 2000 rpm through the town, because then both of us will have a problem!" So Udo got the registration for the car.

During summer he was nearly every weekend in Jesolo, Italy, therefore he had to take the road over the mountains, because there was no highway yet ("Brennerautobahn"). When he first did it with the new car and came to the Italian border on the pass, there were four or five Italian cops awaiting, and one had a MP in his hands. But they only wanted to see that loud car: "Che bella macchina! (What a fine car!)". So he had to show the engine and let them sit in. When Udo left, they said: "Forte! Forte!" which meant he should stay on the pedal. Then he did a trip to Marocco, more than 7000 kms in a few weeks (5000 mls).
For 1971 he had the car repainted to a green/silver shade with wider wheel arches to accomodate bigger wheels. But after a few weeks the engine blow up and he had to rebuild it. The motor then had some hp less, but it was easier to use on the road, and still fast enough, because Udo never raced it. Meanwhile he had bought a 1964 Ferrari 275GTB/2 #65069 and tried to sell the TZ through the German Auto, Motor und Sport magazine. In early 1972 he sold the TZ in Austria.

According to our friend Philippe's Alfa-TZ book, #750062 was originally delivered to Alma Cacciandra Bordoni from Italy (in white), she did a few races with the car in 1964/1965 and resold it to Luigi Marchesini, who had some entries in 1965, too. In 2002 it was with an Japanese owner and repainted rosso.

Alma Cacciandra at the Monza 1000 kms, 1965

Photograph Snapshot Standing Photography Gentleman

The repainted TZ #750062 in 1971

Land vehicle Vehicle Car Regularity rally Coupé

The cars were not really cheap at the time, for ATS 100,000 you could get a new GiuliaSuper, i.e. the same as you would buy a Alfa159 for EUR 35,000 nowadays (x5). But for an original TZ you should now have about EUR 350,000.
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According to our friend Philippe's Alfa-TZ book......

Friend? I don't know of a single person involved in the brokering or selling of classic cars, or classic car historians that doesn't think he is the scum of the earth!!
Thanks martinue, for a history from real life. I confirms, that meeting the right person at the right time in life solves everything. But if it was me I think I would have a nervous breakdown, waiting one hour to get the car back
That was some great stories!

Thank you for sharing.

"Forte! Forte!" :D
Thanks Martin for sharing that marvellous story.

... and I confess that my definition of "friend" certainly doesn't fit the man you name.
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