List: Our Ten Favorite Zagatos

By Brandon Turkus

February 09, 2012


1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider: During the dawn of an automobile, it wasn’t uncommon, especially for higher-end makes to sell you the chassis, engine, and other components, and then shuffle you over to a coachbuilder, who would install the bodywork and interiors. Such was the case with the original Alfa Romeo 8C, despite the fact that Alfa offered its own bodywork. Zagato was one such coachbuilder, and designed this stunning example of the lightweight 8C Spider.


1956 Ferrari 250 GTZ Coupe Corsa: Next to the Breadvan, this may just be our favorite Ferrari 250 (now there’s an idea for a list). Based on the mechanicals of the 250 GT Tour De France, the GTZ Coupe’s body was styled by Zagato. This particular car was produced for an Italian fighter pilot/racing driver, and it participated in the Mille Miglia.


1957 Maserati 450 S “Il Mostro”: Zagato’s own website nicknames this car Il Mostro, which is Italian for “The Monster.” That alone makes this a cool enough addition to our list. The fact that it is stunningly good looking and has a racing pedigree is just a bonus. This car was designed by Brit Frank Costin, and was assembled by Zagato. It was raced in Le Mans, and was then converted to a road car, because, well it was the 50s, and that was apparently okay. Imagine a road-legal Audi R18, and you might get an idea of what the 450 S was all about.


1959 AC Bristol Coupe Zagato: Zagato only built six of these coupes, based on the short-wheelbase Bristol 406. Power came from a six-cylinder, courtesy of BMW, with power going to the rear wheels. As is Zagato’s fashion, the Bristol Coupe’s body was designed for aerodynamics, adopting a much swooshier design than the standard body.


1960 Porsche 356 Carrera ZTL: The 356 was Porsche’s first car. This being Porsche, it also meant it was the brand’s first racecar. With help from Carlo Abarth (yes, the scorpion guy), the 356B was developed as a lightweight racer. As if the automotive know-how of Ferry Porsche and Abarth wasn’t quite enough, Zagato was brought in to handle the body work, creating a much more aerodynamic version of the Porsche's now-trademark silhouette.


1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato: Only 20 DB4 GT Zagato’s were produced, using a 3.7-liter six-cylinder engine. Based off of the DB4 GT, the Zagato was lighter and more aerodynamic than Aston’s standard car. Unlike the V12 Zagato we previewed earlier today, this particular line was actually sent to Italy for the restyling. Four additional DB4 GT chassis were discovered in the early 90s, and were sent to Zagato for bodywork. The results were the DB4 GT Zagato Sanction IIs, which, unlike other cars built after the originals, are fully sanctioned by Aston Martin.


1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2: As with the rest of this list, this is a pretty exclusive car. Only 12 TZ2s were produced. Based on the TZ1, which is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulia, was a 170-horsepower racer, capable of just over 150 miles per hour. It looks good from most angles, but the rear in particular is quite spectacular, thanks in large part to the Kamm tail.


1969 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato: The Alfa Romeo Junior was a striking little number developed by the Italian brand as a follow up to the Giulia. The limited edition Zagato was the more aerodynamic version of the two-seater, featuring unique bodywork.


1989 Alfa Romeo SZ: This sexy product of the late 80s is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6, and is otherwise based off of the more mundane Alfa Romeo 75. There’s also a two-seat convertible called the RZ. Only 1036 SZ’s were built, and were only available in red (although the roadsters were available in black, red and yellow). One out of three Winding Road editors would give their first born for a mint SZ.


1993 Ferrari FZ93: Unlike the other cars on this list, this particular Zagato isn’t classically good looking. Instead, we chose it because it looks strikingly similar to the Ferrari Enzo, a car that wouldn’t be produced for almost a full decade. Based on the Ferrari 512 Testarossa, the FZ93 was one of Zagato’s one-off Ferrari specials.

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 With Aston Martin’s debut of the 2013 V12 Zagato, the editors got to thinking about their favorite cars from the famed Italian coachbuilder were. Here, we’ve selected ten of the finest, ranging from a 1934 open-topped racer to a one-off V-12 Berlinetta. Be sure to tell us about your favorite Zagato down in the comments.