1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola. Photo by Richard Lentinello
Rare Sports Car Z-102 Cupola
In March of 2016, a showing of a very rare 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola was at the Show Concours de Sport at Amelia Island. Amelia Island is part of the Sea Islands chain of barrier islands, on the U.S. state of Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Car manufacturer Pegaso was best recognized for producing trucks and buses, however, Pegaso likewise developed high-end cars from 1951-’58. The specific amount produced (thought to be 80) stays something of a secret, however, just 2 “Cupola” designs, with a unique and large-scale back window, side exhausts and partly skirted fenders, were ever developed. Of these, chassis 0102 150 0121, an automobile initially revealed at the 1953 New york city Motor Show, is the sole survivor, and, on Sunday, the spectacular yellow coupe, now owned by the Louwman Museum, took Best of Show Concours de Sport at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
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Muscle for the Cupola stemmed from a commonly aspirated, double-overhead camshaft, 2.5-liter 90-degree V-8, graded at 165 hp and 136 pound-feet of torque. It was moved by means of a five-speed, not an automatic gearbox. The automobile’s small overall size and fairly light weight (listed below 2,900 pounds) would have provided enjoyable action, and the vehicle did contend at the 1954 La Carrera Panamerican competition when owned by Dominican President Rafael Trujillo.
The automobile was still in Trujillo’s ownership during the time of his May 1961 murder, and its location for the next twenty years happen to be something of a puzzle (even though it was supposedly taken by the authorities trailing Trujillo’s demise). By the mid-1980s, the automobile, currently painted silver, became part of Peter Kaus’s Rosso Bianco collection, and in 2006 it was purchased by Evert Louwman and the Louwman Museum in The Hague, Netherlands. During 2015, the automobile came out off a six-year renewal and had its public appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, from where it was presented the BMW Group Prize.
The automobile’s revolutionary designing had not been drafted by a solitary designer; alternatively, Spanish pupils had been requested to illustrate what automobiles might appear like in the future, and the emerging style hints were given birth to by in-house coachbuilder Enasa. For exhibit in New york city, undercarriage 0102 150 0121 was repainted in the exact same livery viewed on Amelia Island, down to the red tires.
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