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Chassis no. 01021500121 - Engine no. 01020160121
Coachbuilder: E.N.A.S.A.
Categories: A- Concept and show cars; D- The remaining cars from extremely limited productions 2 made; E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; K- Famous chassis' cars; L- Limited edition cars (no. 1 remaining of no. 2 manufactured, no. 2nd built)
Owner: Louwman Museum (Netherlands)
The first privat owner was the dictator of Dominican Republic Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina.
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After the Civil War, the nationalistic government of Spain was interested to develop its own automotive industry. The State-owned company ENASA (short for Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones SA) incorporated the old factories of the Hispano-Suiza in 1946. ENASA produced trucks, buses and military armored vehicles under the Pegaso and, for a short while, Sava brands. A number of experienced engineers were recruited. The former Alfa Romeo engineer Wifredo Ricart was charged as chief technical manager. Before joining Alfa Romeo in 1936, Ricart had successfully built and raced cars under his own name in Spain. In Alfa Romeo he designed and developed many engines, from aviation to racing cars. There he met Enzo Ferrari, and it seems the two characters did collide somehow. He approached company executives with the idea of launching a Spanish supercar. Ricart received the approval of the project and the Pegaso Z-102 exotic sport car was born.
The cars were advanced for the time and entered production with a 2.5 (2472cc) litre engine as used in the prototypes, though later there were variants with 2.8 (2816cc), and 3.2 (3178cc) litre DOHC desmodromic 32-valve V8 360 hp (270 kW) engines with multiple carburetors or optional supercharger. Horsepower ranged from 175 to 360, and, transferred through a five-speed gearbox and gear-driven camshaft, the fastest could reach 155 miles per hour (249 km/h), exceeding Ferrari autos, thus making it the world's fastest production car at the time.

It was decided that the chassis, drivetrain and engine would all be built in house by Pegaso in Barcelona and then the rolling units would be shipped off to external coachbuilders to have bodies fitted, in the tradition of pre-WWII automakers. The Pegasos raced in several competitions, but with no real success. Pegasos achieved much better results in several Concours d'Elegance. The Pegasos weren't very successful in the marketplace, between 1951 and 1958 just 84 cars were produced, and out of these, only 22 cabriolets were built. Carrozzeria Touring of Milano made a total of 40 including the Thrill concept car. Touring fitted the racing cars with roadster bodies using their light weight 'superleggera' construction. Saoutchik made a total of 18 bodies. Serra of Barcelona built a total of 7 and the balance of 19 were designed and made by the Pegaso works.

This show car was built in 1952, it is powered by a 2816 cc engine and was styled with a lavish coupé body by ENASA. It is one of just two built and the sole survivor fitted with this coupe bodywork. The design was radical with skirted wheels, side exhausts, and the unusually huge bubble rear window. Subsequently it was called "Barcelona Special" or "Berlineta Cupula". It was actually nicknamed "Rosa de Te" by the Pegaso works due to the paint job scheme - a mix of yellow and light brown - performed at the works department, using with a couple of paint guns simultanously. In February 1953, the car was admired at the World Motor Sport Show in Madison Square Garden, New York, and in April at the International Motor Sports Show in Grand Central, New York. This particular $29,200 dream was bought by Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic and widely known as El Dominicano thereafter. That's when it received its second nickname 'El Dominicano'.
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21st February 1953 - 1st March 1953
World Motor Sports Show
| Madison Square Garden - New York | United States - New York
4th April 1953 - 12th April 1953
International Motor Sports Show
| Grand Central Palace - New York | United States - New York
23rd May 1953
Bridgehampton Sports Car Races
| Bridgehampton | United States - New York
driver: Louis Maresca
20th December 1955 - 27th February 1956
Feria de la Paz y Confraternidad del Mundo Libre
| Santo Domingo | Dominican Republic
28th August 1994
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
| Carmel | United States - California
driver: Peter Kaus
3rd September 2005 - 4th September 2005
Oldtimer-Gala Schwetzingen
| Schwetzingen | Germany
driver: Peter Kaus
15th September 2005 - 25th September 2005
Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung
| Frankfurt | Germany
23rd May 2015 - 25th May 2015
Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
| Cernobbio - Como | Italy
driver: Evert Louwman
entry number: 38


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