Because – rejoice – Romeo is back on form. So many times this most romantic of brands has promised so much and then disappointed on delivery, most recently with the 4C. But with the Giulia we have an Alfa Romeo able to take on the might of BMW M and Mercedes-AMG on equal terms. That's great. And as my gaze is drawn to the Competizione Red temptation outside I am reminded of one of my favourite Alfa Romeos, the SZ. A train of thought that inevitably has me going into the classifieds.
I remember reading car magazines when the SZ was first unveiled in 1989 and then started appearing in road tests a couple of years after. It's still a shocking looking car today but its visual impact back then was incredible. Appreciation has grown over the years but I loved it from the first moment I saw it, those seemingly bizarre proportions instantly captivating.
It shouldn't work, should it? Think Alfa Romeo design and you'll likely have images of crisp Italian design, underpinned with a certain sensuousness. Even in the hard-edge 80s and the 33s, 75s and then 155s the saloons had fundamentally attractive proportions. Yet the SZ is a bizarre lump, a huge blocky body on seemingly undersized wheels with a bluff front end, tall beltline and then, sitting on top, a tiny and oddly curvaceous cabin seemingly totally at odds with the rest of the car.