The Alfa Romea TZ2 was a legendary GT racer, a tube-framed marvel with a screaming twin-plug, twin-cam four and gorgeous curves courtesy of design house Zagato. Only 100 or so were made, most of them to race. Two, however, were handed over to legendary design firms Pininfarina and Bertone. The resulting cars are perhaps the most beautiful automotive creations ever made.
Bertone’s star designer Giorgetto Giugiaro took on the TZ2 for Alfa. His car was dubbed “Canguro,” Italian for “Kangaroo.” The beauty is a far cry from the bounding Australian marsupial. It’s a full six inches lower than Zagato’s TZ2 and has more curves than a Vargas girl. Its body is crafted entirely of aluminum and its seats are cast in ultra-thin fiberglass and mounted below the floorpan to accommodate taller drivers. It is one of the most voluptuous automobiles ever created.
In contrast, Pininfarina’s TZ2 is a sleek space-age arrow with a fighter jet’s wrap-around cockpit. It is, on the whole, fit to trade paint with the Mach V in an animated battle for the finish line. It’s an inspiring design that sucks your breath away like the cold, hard vacuum of space.
Which one would I take? Pininfarina’s masterpiece is hard to pass by, but I have a special place in my heart for Giugiaro and all things curvaceous, so the Canguro gets a spot in my garage.