1955 Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta Series II by Touring

by May 22, 2019

PHOTOS: Tim Scott ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

1955 Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta Series II by Touring

by May 22, 2019

PHOTOS: Tim Scott ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's




Z-102 Berlinetta Series II by Touring






0102-153 0167


RM Sotheby's


May 25

There’s always been something nicely mysterious about Pegaso automobiles. To begin with, in a world dominated by Italian, English, and French exotic cars, Pegaso’s home was Spain.

Cars were a minor part of the company’s output, which was mainly huge trucks, buses, tractors, and even armored vehicles. That company was state-owned, founded in 1945, and called Enasa.

It had automotive roots. The factory was once part of Hispano-Suiza, and the chief engineer was an ex-Alfa Romeo exec, Don Wifredo Ricart. It is a technical tour de force.      

When you examine most cars, you look at the body first. But with the Pegaso, the undercarriage is worthy of the first look. The chassis features double A-arms and torsion bars at the front, and a De Dion layout in back in an assemblage with stress-bearing inner panels. Back with the De Dion was a 5-speed transaxle mounted aft of the differential, while well ahead of that a very special engine found its place.

Tucked back against the bulkhead to enable 50/50 weight distribution is a dry-sump, 4-cam, 32-valve aluminum V-8, all but the Weber carb and Bosch magneto made in-house. This 1955 Z-102’s V-8 has the largest displacement Pegaso used — 3.2 liters — and is visually impressive with its broad cylinder heads.

Sotheby’s featured Pegaso has, like many of the cars, a Touring body — a sensuously sculpted, rounded shape with the company’s trademark grille up front. It’s one of the best bodies you’ll see on a Z-102. The car offered has recently been through a restoration, though the interior was done “… preserving the beautiful patina of the original.”

There are broad seats with side supports in the right-hand- drive layout. Ahead of the driver and the wood-rim steering wheel are a large speedometer and tachometer flanking a small dial for temps, fuel level, and oil pressure. Behind the seat sits a proper luggage shelf with leather straps.

This is Pegaso number 67, a Series II, one of possibly 84 Z-102’s made before Enasa went on to concentrate on building trucks, buses, and other wheeled vehicles.

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