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1971 Ferrari 3Z Spider by Zagato

1971 surprised everyone with a new chapter in the collaboration between Ferrari and Zagato. More than twenty years after the first Zagato-Ferrari, the two big names again appeared on the 3Z built for Luigi Chinetti on 250 SWB chassis #2491 GT.


Designed by Giuseppe Mittino, who had been in charge of projects and design at Zagato since 1970, this 12-cylinder model was decidedly angular and aggressive. It featured several original solutions, such as the mobile lids with slits like those on the helmet of an ancient suit of armor that hid the front light clusters and the position of the rear lights recessed into the body.


The car reflected Zagato’s philosophy of the moment – styling with clean, strong lines on geometric volumes – which had already been adopted successfully on the Alfa Romeo Junior Z, the first wedge-shaped car of its day.


  • type: Limited Production Car

  • engine: Tipo 168, Colombo, Aluminum Alloy 60 Degree V12

  • aspiration: Natural

  • valvetrain: SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl

  • fuel feed: 36 DCL Carburettors

  • displacement: 2953 cc / 180.2 in³

  • bore: 73 mm / 2.87 in

  • stroke: 58.8 mm / 2.31 in

  • compression: 9.7:1

  • power: 186.4 kw / 250 bhp

  • specific output: 84.66 bhp per litre

  • body / frame: Steel Body over Steel Tube Frame

  • driven wheels: RWD

  • wheel type: Borrani Wire Wheels

  • front brakes: Discs

  • rear brakes: Discs

  • steering : ZF Worm & Wheel

  • front suspension: Double Wishbonesw

  • rear suspension: Live Axle

  • length: 4430 mm / 174.4 in

  • width: 1980 mm / 78.0 in

  • height: 1130 mm / 44.5 in

  • transmission: 4-Speed Manual


Source: 1971 Ferrari 3Z Spider | Ferrari | SuperCars.net. https://www.supercars.net/blog/1971-ferrari-3z-spider/

Images: Zagato; www.ferraridatabase.com; www.photogaleria.pl; www.classicdriver.com