Spain isn’t well-known for its sports activities vehicles, however one designer, Wifredo Ricart, tried to vary that through the ’50s after a fallout along with his Italian former employer, Enzo Ferrari. He moved from Italy to Spain and was tasked with getting the nation’s automobile trade again on its ft after the warfare, however he solely had one situation — the government-supported carmaker, ENASA, would let him design a sports activities automobile to beat his outdated boss at Ferrari.
Ricart’s automobile was christened the Pegaso Z-102, and its unique styling was criticized for its awkward proportions. In response, the designer enlisted the assistance of a number of notable coachbuilders to transform the automobile, with the best-looking design being that of Carrozzeria Touring. The Touring design turned the automobile from misfit to masterpiece, with modern, flowing traces that resembled a scaled-down model of the Italian greats of the time.
Sadly, the automobile was by no means commercially profitable, with solely 86 examples of the Z-102 ultimately offered and solely a handful of these being the Touring design. Ricart was ultimately compelled to surrender his dream of creating a world-beating sports activities automobile, with Pegaso later phasing out the manufacturing of passenger vehicles altogether. Satirically, the model was ultimately purchased out by Italian business automobile producer Iveco.
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