Zagato works in curious ways, having gone from being one of the wildest Italian coachbuilders to making body kits for Toyota SUVs and helping out Aston Martin whenever it needed a special edition. Recently, Zagato’s even licensed its brand to aftermarket engineering firms like England’s R-Reforge. However, back in 2010, German collector Martin Kapp commissioned Andrea Zagato’s team to come up with a homage to Alfa Romeo’s 1963 TZ1 and 1965 TZ2 pair, celebrating the brand’s centenary with an 8C-based, V-8 one-off called the TZ3 Corsa.
Three years later, Zagato presented the Stradale version, an edition of nine street cars based on the mighty Dodge Viper ACR-X. I saw the prototype of this carbon-bodied Viper-Alfa at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and found it to be rather brilliant. Zagato did well with the Viper’s front-mid-engine proportions, adding sexy curves plus a Kammback and double-bubble roof to that mad V-10 package with the six-speed manual.
I never expected to see another TZ3, yet now, a prime example popped up for sale in California, showing off its leather-heavy interior as well. What’s more, number seven of the nine TZ3s comes with a brown metallic finish.
Apparently, somebody bought his car in 2013 for around a million dollars, only to put 525 miles into it in seven years without so much as leaving California. Now this brown-over-chestnut wonder is being offered for $700,000 by TSG Autohaus, which may seem steep for a used 2013 Viper ACR-X, but gets more reasonable once you consider that this is an ultra-limited, 640-hp, carbon-fiber creation hand-built by no lesser name than Carrozzeria Zagato of Milano.
Wild pricing or not, a TZ3 is certainly a more special proposition than the other re-bodied Viper I just stumbled across: the Fisker-designed 2018 VLF Force 1 specified and built for the master himself. This show car is now offered by Canepa, with a price on request, a six-speed manual, 745 hp, and 638 lb-ft of torque.
However, if you need to haul stuff, you’ll certainly want to choose the Alfa, which should still be more than adequate with its 640-hp racing V-10. A carbon tailgate for anybody?