For nearly a century, adding the name Zagato to the end of an Aston Martin, BMW or Maserati model has signified racy styling – usually characterized by a curvaceous roofline.
Italian airplane designer Ugo Zagato opened the coachbuilder in Milan in 1919. While turning out numerous special Zagato limited editions over the years, the Zagato company has had a major influence on the styling of European luxury cars, racers, and airplanes.
A brand synonymous with lightweight, aerodynamics and advanced material — third-generation Zagato is repositioning the company as a creator of limited-edition cars. The Zagato Classic program aims to bring back to life special Zagato one-off models, offering collectors a chance to own vehicles that have vanished from the automotive landscape. The latest machine being revived for some very lucky customers, is the spectacular Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato (available in a speedster version or a coupe version), and the company´s craftsman have created nine examples of each. Each car comes at a starting price of $350,000 (all sold! already!) and will be built on an original 356 body. “We have been affected by the technology race, but we have also benefited from it. But at the same time, “we saw the arrival of [computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing], which is allowing us to create new cars with less investment. And now, 3-D stamping presents us the opportunity to create one-off bodies less expensively,” says Andrea Zagato.
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