Pegaso Z-102 Cupula 1952 – UFO from Spain

Today it is hard to imagine that at the beginning of the 50s serious sports coupes were made not only in Italy or England, but also in Spain! Spanish sports cars were the brainchild of the former Alfa Romeo engineer Wilfredo Ricardt and were produced at the facilities of ENASA, which was created on the remains of Hispano-Suiza plant. On the other hand, it should be noted that none of the designs of Ricardt showed any particular success, and ENASA specialized in the production of trucks and vans under the Pegaso brand. However, in 1951, the star of the Spanish automotive industry – Pegaso Z-102 rose at the Paris motor show.

Waiting for peace in Spain after the civil war and the horrors of the Second World War, Ricart, who had spent the troubled times in Italy in the sports department of Alfa Romeo (by the way managed to work under the direction of Enzo Ferrari himself), returned to his homeland and joined the Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones supported by the Government of General Franco SA – ENASA. The company developed and at the end of the 40s Ricart proposed to launch a Spanish sports coupe. The national government, striving to show its importance in post-war Europe, warmly supported the idea and Ricart received a green light.


Since the main specialty of Ricardt were engines, he tried to develop a unique unit for the Z-102. Place under the hood took V8 volume of 2.8 liters. All the technical stuffing and the body were made at one enterprise, but later the Italian studio Touring was chosen as the supplier of the bodywork, and the French workshop of Jacob Savchik built several exclusive coupes and roadsters. The engine worked in tandem with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and the drive was chained, due to which the car, though accelerated to 250 km / h, was unrealistically noisy. Build quality caused a lot of questions, and the price was prohibitive.

In 1955, the Z-103 came to replace the Z-102 – a similar chassis and almost the same body. But the engines were constantly refined and became more powerful. If at the beginning of the path model Z-102 power was 175 hp, then later the power was brought up to 360 hp with a volume of 4.5 liters. The most powerful versions exchanged the “hundred” in 5.5 seconds and reached a speed of up to 275 km / h. But the unstable rear suspension along with drum brakes added drama on every ride at high speed …


In general, they did not hurry to buy an expensive car of dubious quality, and the Pegaso didn’t shine much on the racetrack. In the period from 1951 to 1958, 112 Pegaso Z-102 and Z-103 cars were produced at ENASA, after which they concentrated on their main task – the production of trucks, buses and military equipment.

The orange spaceship in the photos is the Pegaso Z-102 Cupula, the origin of which causes controversy and doubt. It is believed that Cupula (the fruit of the work of Carlo Anderloni and Federico Formenti from the Studio Touring) was transferred to ENASA as a prototype of the Thrill project – an exclusive copy of Pegaso Z-102, built specifically for Evita, wife of the Argentine dictator Peron. Berlinet Thrill, although it had an unusual design of the back, but overall it looked much more modest than the Cupula.


No one was going to launch such an intricate car in the series, but it was definitely worth showing the public to attract attention to the main products and the car was demonstrated in 1953 at the New York Auto Show. Directly from the Cupula stand was sold to Rafael Trujillo, President of the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961. Trujillo ruled the country in a “specific” manner and it so happened that in 1961 he was killed … The car was confiscated by the Government. Having passed through the hands of several owners, changing color and gradually losing gloss, in the mid-80s Cupula was acquired by German collector Peter Kaus for his museum Rosso Bianco. In 2006, the Dutch museum Louwman acquired the Rosso Bianco collection, including the Pegaso Z-102 Cupula. The car took place in the exposition only in 2009 after a thorough restoration. Louwman places the highest demands on exhibits and Cupula is presented in the museum in its original form, as in 1953 in New York.

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