The Zagato TZ3 Stradale first shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California will be a featured automobile at the 2011 Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival, presented by the Italian Trade Commission on the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 9-11.
The Zagato TZ3 Stradale is a contemporary interpretation of the Alfa Romeo TZ and TZ2 bodied by Zagato in the 1960s. In addition to being highly prized by collectors, the TZ and TZ2 enjoyed spectacular racing careers. Zagato unveiled the TZ3 Corsa—‘racing’—at the Ville d’Este Concours d’Elegance in Italy in 2010. That car was a tribute to the TZ and TZ2’s racing success.
Only nine examples of the TZ3 Stradale—‘road’—will be offered worldwide, reflecting the visceral grand touring side of the TZ and TZ2. The first, shown at Pebble Beach, was delivered to Zagato collector and Saratoga Automobile Museum trustee Eric King.
The Zagato TZ3 Stradale is constructed with a mono-shell carbon fiber chassis based on the Dodge Viper ACR, and is powered by an 8.4-liter 640 hp Viper V-10 engine. The Zagato TZ3 Stradale breaks new ground for Alfa Romeo and parent Fiat SpA in the U.S. AutoWeek wrote, “The car is considered by Zagato to be the first American Alfa Romeo.”
The Alfa Romeo-Chrysler connection fits with Fiat and Chrysler’s product integration plans for Europe and North America. Those plans include both Alfa Romeo and Lancia models built on Chrysler platforms and an ultra-luxury Maserati SUV built on a Jeep platform that will be announced at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
Andrea Zagato, third-generation scion of Carrosserie Zagato in Milan, Italy, will again participate in the 2011 Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival as an honorary co-chair and will present a one-hour seminar on “Creating the Zagato TZ3 Stradale” from 1:30-2:30pm on Saturday September 10.
Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival 2011
The Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival has been named as one of the top wine and food festivals in America. Over 200 premier wine and food exhibitors are represented. Honorary co-chair and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, wine expert Kevin Zraly and Zagato will all present personal sessions in the areas of food, wine and automotive design.
The 2011 Concours d’Italia on Saturday September 10 will honor the Ferrari 250 GT and includes heritage classes for invited Alfa Romeos, Lancias, Maseratis and Lamborghinis displaying Italy’s long and magnificent automotive history.
The Adirondack Road Tour on Friday September 9 is a brief drive though the spectacular Adirondack region with a fine Italian luncheon at the exclusive Lake George Club. The tour and luncheon are open to drivers of all Italian automobiles.
Members of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Lamborghini or other car clubs are also encouraged to contact the Saratoga Automobile Museum directly for information on special club admission and display areas.
The 2011 Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival presented by the Italian Trade Commission benefits the educational programs of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Saratoga Automobile Museum, both located on the grounds of the historic Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, New York.
[Source: Saratoga Fall Ferrari Festival]