My SZ (353) was purchased
in March 2010; the same year Alfa Romeo celebrated it's Centenary.
Unfortunately joining other Alfisti
for the trip to Milan was not possible, but I like to think buying
the SZ was my personal tribute to Alfa Romeo in it's 100th year...it
was certainly important to me anyway!
Like many other SZ owners, I had
admired the 3.0 V6 monsters from afar. Never in my wildest dreams
did I ever think I'd be lucky enough to own one...but life has
a habit of changing ones destiny!
But it wasn't all smiles; the SZ
purchase meant selling one of my other beloved classic Alfas,
the unusual and not very well known "Alfa
Matta". Sad as this was, the allure of the SZ was too
hard to ignore and the search for one began.
I made contact with the AROC-uk
ES30 SZ Registrar in December 2009, to inquire if he knew of any
cars for sale; the timing was perfect as one was being offered
for sale but not yet advertised. I made contact with the owner
and many emails later, was on my way to the Isle of Man in March
2010 for a weekend break with my long suffering better half.
The cars I buy always seem to be
miles away, but this was closer than the trip to Italy for the
Matta! After a short drive the deal was done and we came back
to the UK via ferry to experience the first real drive of the
SZ in England...what a car!
03/03/10 - The
Isle of Man harbour