1951 Pegaso Z102 / Z103

Spanish manfucturer Pegaso is certainly more well-known for his trucks and commercial vehicles, but there was a time, back in the 50s, where it made a stab at developing what was clearly an attempt at being the sports car reference of the day. The 1951 Pegaso Z102 and following Z103 were exceptional vehicles. Although the design of the prototypes was unappealing, the company created an excellent Touring Coupe (pictured) with handled and performed as well as it looked. The problem with the Pegaso Z102 was that it was entirely bespoke and was tremendously expensive.

1951 Pegaso Z102 / Z103
1951 Pegaso Z102 / Z103

The most powerful of the Pegaso was powered by a chain-driven, four-camshaft supercharged V8 engine, with a 3.2 liter displacement, that produced an incredible 360 horsepower. Equipped with this engine, the car could reach 160 miles per hour. Acceleration was not disclosed, but it must have been scorching-hot. The noise of the chain-driven cams was reputed to give the car a lot of its appeal.

The problem with these cars is that they were so uneconomical to build that company lost money on every one of the it sold. That’s never a good long term plan. Despite their look and power, the 1951 Pegaso Z102 and Z103 were never profitable, and were cancelled in 1958, despite a last-ditch effort to reduce costs.

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