Eighty four Pegaso z-102 chassis were made by ENASA. Half of them, forty two, were made by Touring in Italy, eighteen by the French coachbuilder Saoutchik, four by the Catalonian Serra and twenty by the own ENASA factory. Of these twenty, approximately half were produced as berlinettas whereas the rest were set aside for the spyder Rabassada, Pedralbes, Montjuich, “El Cúpula” and two landspeed records, known as Bisiluro o “bitorpedos”.
Our chosen model is the BERLINETA ENASA 2ª SERIE ESPECIAL. This unique item (known as “The Crab”) was built in 1952, totally made of aluminium. It was destined to experimental purposes, different mechanics tests (even 2500 cc compressor motors) and press presentations.
Aesthetically, though derived from the Berlineta ENASA series, it features a number of differences. The most significative is the wheel area in the back, providing a strange and agressive look.
Though its destiny was becoming a “laboratory car”, that was no issue for the company’s test pilot, Celso Fernandez, who took it to the start line in the 4.900 meters of the XIII slope rise to the Rabassada (Barcelona, 17/05/1.953) competing with other opponents like Maserati F2, Cisitalia 1.100 “monoposto”, Jaguar XK 120, Allard, besides of other Pegaso Z-102. This time a 2447 cc motor was built, featuring a low pressure compressor. The race was a success for Pegaso because it was won by Joaquín Palacio (Pegaso Spyder SE R) with a time of 3’48” and Celso Fernandez was classified in second position, taking 3’58”4 to complete the course at a mean speed of 73.993 Km/h.
According to the usual driver, Celso Fernandez, “it was the best of the Pegasos Z-102 ever built”. A shame that an unfortunate fire in December of 1953 would end with the career of the more than 100.000 Kms run by this fantastic thoroughbred…
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