Pegasus meets 70’s springs transformed into Iveco

Pegaso Z-207Although at present, Spain does not count with a car brand of large size (we leave aside for small manufacturers as Spania GTA) in the panorama car world, we were one of the major countries of the world in this sector. The two brands most laureate in Spain by origin and history are the Hispano-Suiza and Seat. The first for being the only car brand that was able to give a face, to match and even surpass Rolls Royce quality, design and exclusivity. The second being the unique exponent I live in what was our car industry in the TWENTIETH century.

however, in the path came a company that was very into all of the spaniards. In 1946 the now-defunct National Institute of Industry (INI), founded the Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones SA (ENASA). This new company is settled in expropriated premises of the Hispano-Suiza (a brand that disappeared after the end of the Civil War). I say confiscated because the dictatorship that emerged after the war from Hispano-Suiza the chances of having a future in the automotive sector.

Pegaso Z-102On the ruins, and projects of the Hispano-Suiza, ENASA, created his first truck using the latest design of its predecessor and launched it to market as their own denominándolo Pegasus I. With this first truck emerged Pegaso and the history that today we bring to you here. Thanks to the Pegasus I the industrialization of Spanish outside much more bearable and served as a spearhead for the brand to become more well-known as Pegasus, which by his own name.

The first Pegasus genuine was the Z-207 Barajas, 1955. This floor was the first thing that came out of the new facilities that the brand had built in Madrid and had innovations that are so important for the time, such as V6 engine, aluminum and an independent front suspension. However, Pegasus did not stay quiet and also got fully into the business of buses by designing the first urban bus with a transverse engine under the floor.

however, the facet less well-known Pegasus was his foray into the world of the cars of street. The brand launched in the year 1951 Pegaso Z-102. This sport was designed by Wifredo Ricart and was mounted on a modern V8 engine (2,500 cc and 2,800 cc or 3.200 cc) with four overhead camshafts, independent suspension on all four wheels and gearbox on the rear axle. This car became a real world reference, however, in 1958, after making only 84 units, the franco regime decided to end the project because of the high losses by destroying all the data on it existed.

Pegaso Z-102After this brief foray into cars on the street, Pegasus decided to dedicate himself full time to what best gave; the manufacture of trucks and buses. However, the company would be acquired in the year 1991 by the Italian IVECO putting an end to 45 years of ENASA and public control of the company. From that year until 2008 the company resulting from its acquisition would be called IVECO-Pegaso, and after this date only call the IVECO leaving Pegasus in the olympus of the gods.

however, IVECO does not waive its orígienes in Spain and taking advantage of the 70th anniversary of the creation of Pegasus have commemorated this anniversary with an event in which they have presented a limited edition of 140 units of ‘the New Stralis XP’. To this end they have created two different versions with power outputs of 510 and 570 HP, in colors of white and blue and with decorative elements reminiscent of Pegasus and its history. they have been decorated with these Stralis XP on the interior and exterior with motifs that are reminiscent of the symbol of the truck is a Spanish Pegaso.

To terminate with the review of the history of Pegasus we must remember that IVECO after acquiring ENASA has invested heavily in Spain for the manufacture of models. In Madrid it features one of the factories most important in the world of the Group CNH Industrial branch dedicated to the manufacture of industrial vehicles of the Group FCA) and the only one capable of Europe to manufacture this type of heavy-duty vehicles.

For all of this, and although the origins convulsive of ENASA and Pegasus, we would like to congratulate the signing of the winged horse by age 70 in such good shape and for continuing to powering half the world.

Congratulations Pegasus.

Source – Pegaso is my truck – Iveco

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