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Between 1951 and 1958, Spanish company Pegaso built sports cars that
challenged the likes of Ferrari, Jaguar, and others. It only made 68
cars total, though, which is why you've probably never heard of it.
That's a shame because the company created something really interesting.
Pegaso was actually created by state-owned
company Enasa in the 1940s to build trucks following the Spanish Civil
War. Per a
2014 Hagerty article, Pegaso was led by
engineer Wilfredo Ricart, who had worked at Alfa Romeo before World War
II. Ricart worked alongside Enzo Ferrari at Alfa, and apparently the two
didn't get along. When he returned to his native Spain, Ricart decided
to use this national truck company to challenge Ferrari.
The car he created, the Pegaso Z-102, was incredibly innovative. It
featured a 3.2-liter dry-sump quad-cam V8 and a rear-mounted transaxle
long before such things were commonplace. Bodywork came from a number of
prominent coachbuilders, including Touring and Saoutchik
The Z-102 was one of the fastest cars in the world at the time, capable
of cresting 150 mph. But it was expensive. Rafael Pueche, the owner of
the 1955 Pegaso featured in this Petrolicious video,
notes the Z-102 cost twice as much as an equivalent Ferrari of its day
and around four times as much as a Jaguar XK120. The Spanish government
killed the Pegaso sports car once it realized how much it cost to make
Ultimately, the Pegaso Z-102 was perhaps too
advanced for its own good, making it the sort of car you typically only
see on a concours lawn. That's why it's great to see Pueche exercise,
letting its amazing V8 sing.
was founded in 1966 as an organization for those interested in
restoring and maintaining 1928 to 1975 vehicles and to promote
fellowship though club activities and good will through
MONTHLY MEETINGS are
open to the public. They are held the second Sunday of the month, 4:00 PM., In
the Irving Grange building on Irvington Rd, Eugene, Oregon
Phone 541 554 6908
EEVAC Mail address:
PO Box 40191
Eugene, OR 97404