Pegaso Z-102 Cúpula
The shape of this Spanish Pegaso was inspired by the hype surrounding UFOs and flying saucers at the time.
The coachwork envelops the car as it were. There are no bumpers, just overriders with rubber inserts. The most remarkable design feature is the dome, or cupola-shaped rear window, hence Cúpola in the name.
The futuristic design was created by ENASA, Pegaso’s parent company. The car was displayed at the New York Auto Show in 1953. It was not just the design, but also the spectacular colour scheme that caught everyone’s attention, including that of Rafael Trujillo, President of the Dominican Republic. Trujillo bought the Pegaso and kept it until his death in 1961. Since Trujillo owned the car, it has also been known as ‘El Dominicano’.
The Louwman Museum acquired the Pegaso in 2006 and three years later commenced an extensive restoration that lasted until 2015.
The car won at the 2016 Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island, where the Pegaso was highly acclaimed, the special jury prize as ‘Best of Show’.