In its original Verde Bottiglia (bottle green) livery of Scuderia Sant?Ambroeus, TZ #750003 was entered in the 1964 1000 Kilometres of Nürburgring, then on to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Driven by the Franco-Italian team of Jean Rolland and Fernand Masoero, the car crashed on lap 47 in the fifth hour of the race. Recommissioned with a new nose, sporting the single horizontal air vent, 003 went on to enter the Tour de France (Berney/Biscaldi), the Tour de Corse (Tomas/Gamet) and the Criterium Cevennes (Masoero/Massad).
TZ 750003 was reportedly returned to Autodelta in 1965, where it was dismantled to some extent. No trace of it surfaced thereafter and it became one of the "missing chassis" until it was discovered in 2002. By then many parts had disappeared. A notice appeared in Routeclassiche magazine looking for TZ replacement items, inserted by Angelo Masoero, presumably a relative of the Le Mans driver of 750003, Fernand Masoero. The original body was intact with the chassis and, soon afterwards, the engine block was located. The car was rebuilt over the next year and displayed unfinished at Retromobile in 2004, after which it was purchased by the current owner in 2006 and cosmetically restored. Today the renovated TZ 750003 is once again presented in its original Verde Bottiglia livery, in which it appeared at Le Mans.
Source: RM Auctions
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