A Spanish truck-maker building sports cars doesn’t sound like a bad idea after this.
Ever since the birth of the Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1886, a number of cars have been manufactured and rolled off the streets. With this 132-year worth of automobile history, it’s inevitable that we become oblivious of some nameplates. One of such names that aren’t known to everyone is the Pegaso Z-102.
Pegaso is an established Spanish truck and coach-maker that started its production run in 1946. However, 1950s came and along with that was the idea to build a sports car, and their logo was sort of a prancing horse, too. Wait, what?
While it seems unlikely for a truck company to make high-performance vehicles, Pegaso actually did, and birthed to the Pegaso Z-102. The production of the Z-102 ran from 1951 to 1958, and throughout this seven-year run, only 86 cars were built. And yet, Petrolicious was able to get their hands on one of these samples, a running and working one.
The Z-102 can be regarded as one of the most advanced and high-performing GTs of its time. With a 360-horsepower four-cam all-alloy V8 engine under its bonnet, it can reach up to 120 mph. However, an optional supercharged variant was available which allowed the car to reach speeds of up to 151 mph, making it the world’s fastest production car at that time.
The body of the Z-102 was made of alloy, but the construction was relatively heavy that’s why racing wasn’t part of its assets. It actually did enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953, but its driver, Juan Jover encountered an accident that gave him injuries to the left leg. Pegaso gave him a right-hand-drive Z-102, but not for racing, and this is the particular unit that’s currently owned by Rafael Pueche on this video. Among the 86 Z-102s that were ever built, only a few dozen survived. Now, that's rarity.