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Zagato

Zagato

Zagato (SZ DESIGN s.r.l.) is a design consultancy and engineering services company situated just outside Milan, Italy. The company was established in 1919 by Ugo Zagato, putting aircraft industry construction techniques to use in the expanding market for passenger vehicles.

Ugo Zagato was born in June of 1890. When he was old enough, he began working for Varesina which was located in Germany at the time. His career later led him into the evolving aircraft industry for a period of time. He later opened his own coachbuilding company in 1919. The company was located in Milan and specialized in light-weight metal construction; much of the techniques had been learned while working in the aircraft industry. The company quickly grew a reputation for creating aerodynamic, lightweight, competitive sporty automobiles. Alfa Romeo realized their potential and tasked Zagato to outfit their automobiles, such as the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 and 6C 1750 race cars. The first Alfa Romeo bodied by Zagato was the Alfa Romeo G1 in 1921.

The relationship between Alfa Romeo and Zagato continued through the mid 1930's with most of Zagato's work being provided by Alfa Romeo. Other work was done for Italian marquees such as Lancia and Fiat and later, by Ferrari.

During World War II, Zagato's facilities were destroyed. After the war, the facilities were reconstructed, this time located north of Milan. The relationship with Alfa Romeo continued. In 1951 a Zagato bodied Alfa Romeo 159 captured the Grand Prix World Championship.

Ugo Zagato's two sons, Gianni and Elio, began working for the company during the 1950's. When Ugo died in 1968, they took over the business and a new factory was constructed.

During the close of the 1960's and into the 1970's, the Zagato factory began focusing on two areas of business, Zagato Car srl and Zagato Design srl. Zagato Car srl concentrated on the production of automobiles while the Zagato Design srl focused on product and industry design including electric and armoured vehicles.

During the 1980's, Zagato was tasked with producing concept cars and limited volume production vehicles. Two memorable Alfa Romeo concepts were the SZ and RZ, both bodied by Zagato, but designed by Robert Opron. The last production Zagato was the Lancia Hyena built during the early part of the 1990s.

The 1990's brought economic turmoil for the Zagato Company. The name was changed to SZ Design and later changed again to Zagato Centrostile. The focus of the company switched from production of automobiles to design and model building.

Zagato is currently headed by Andrea Zagato, the third generation Zagato, and his wife Marella Rivolta-Zagato.

September 15th, 2009, Dr. Elio Zagato, son of Ugo, father of Andrea, passed away at the age of 88. 

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Zagato Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder #2211109 1933

Zagato Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder #2211109 1933

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 #750003 1963

Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 #750003 1963

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Alfa Romeo Giulia #750003 1963
Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 #750006 1964

Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 #750006 1964

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Alfa Romeo Giulia 1964
Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 #750094 1965

Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 #750094 1965

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Alfa Romeo Giulia 1965
Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 1963

Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 1963

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Alfa Romeo Giulia
Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 750002 1963

Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 750002 1963

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Alfa Romeo Giulia #750002 1963
Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ I 'Round Tail Coupe' 1961

Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ I 'Round Tail Coupe' 1961

  • Designer: Franco Scaglione
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Giulietta Spider with mechanicals of Sprint Veloce
  • Nr produced: A few more than 200
Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ II 'Coda Tronca' 1962

Zagato Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ II 'Coda Tronca' 1962

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1962
  • Nr produced: 44
Zagato Alfa Romeo Junior Z 1969

Zagato Alfa Romeo Junior Z 1969

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: 105 series Giulia
  • Nr produced: 1702
Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ2 1964

Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ2 1964

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 2010

Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 2010

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider
Zagato Aston Martin DB4 GT 1960

Zagato Aston Martin DB4 GT 1960

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin DB4 GT
  • Nr produced: 19 + 4 (Sanction II) + 2 (Sanction III)
Zagato Aston Martin DB7 AR1 2003

Zagato Aston Martin DB7 AR1 2003

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante
  • Nr produced: 99
Zagato Aston Martin DB7 Zagato Coupe 2002

Zagato Aston Martin DB7 Zagato Coupe 2002

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin DB7
  • Nr produced: 99
Zagato Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Centennial 2013

Zagato Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Centennial 2013

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin DB9
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Aston Martin DBS Coupe Centennial Zagato 2013

Zagato Aston Martin DBS Coupe Centennial Zagato 2013

  • Designer: Norihiko Harada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin DBS
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Aston Martin DBS GT 2020

Zagato Aston Martin DBS GT 2020

  • Designer: Zagato / Aston Martin
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato / Aston Martin
  • Base car: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
  • Nr produced: 19
Zagato Aston Martin V12 2011

Zagato Aston Martin V12 2011

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin V12
Zagato Aston Martin V12 Zagato Corsa 2011

Zagato Aston Martin V12 Zagato Corsa 2011

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin V12
Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe 2016

Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe 2016

  • Designer: Zagato / Aston Martin
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Nr produced: 99
Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Roadster 2004

Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Roadster 2004

  • Designer: Nori Harada
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin Vanquish
Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Shooting Brake 2018

Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Shooting Brake 2018

  • Designer: Zagato / Aston Martin
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Nr produced: 99
Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Speedster 2018

Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Speedster 2018

  • Designer: Zagato / Aston Martin
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Nr produced: 28
Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Volante 2016

Zagato Aston Martin Vanquish Volante 2016

  • Designer: Zagato / Aston Martin
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Nr produced: 99
Zagato Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato 2014

Zagato Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato 2014

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Aston Martin Virage 2014
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Bandini 750 GT Veloce Coupe 1957

Zagato Bandini 750 GT Veloce Coupe 1957

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Bentley Continental GTZ 2005

Zagato Bentley Continental GTZ 2005

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Bentley Continental GT
  • Nr produced: 9
Zagato Bugatti T43 Roadster #43198

Zagato Bugatti T43 Roadster #43198

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Bugatti T43 #43198
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Ferrari 166MM #0046M 1950

Zagato Ferrari 166MM #0046M 1950

  • Designer: Ugo Zagato
  • Coachbuilder: Touring, update by Zagato
  • Base car: Ferrari 166MM #0046M 1950
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Ferrari 166MM Panoramica Berlinetta & Spyder #0018M

Zagato Ferrari 166MM Panoramica Berlinetta & Spyder #0018M

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Ferrari 166MM
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Ferrari 250 GTZ LWB Tour de France #0515GT & #0537GT 1956

Zagato Ferrari 250 GTZ LWB Tour de France #0515GT & #0537GT 1956

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Ferrari 250 GTZ LWB Tour de France
  • Nr produced: 5
Zagato Ferrari 3000 Convertible #10659 1974

Zagato Ferrari 3000 Convertible #10659 1974

  • Designer: Giuseppe Mittino
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe, chassis number 10659
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Ferrari 348 Elaborazione 1991-1992

Zagato Ferrari 348 Elaborazione 1991-1992

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Ferrari 349 TB
  • Nr produced: 10
Zagato Ferrari 3Z Spyder 1971

Zagato Ferrari 3Z Spyder 1971

  • Designer: Giuseppe Mittino
  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: 250 GT SWB California Spyder 1961
  • Nr produced: 1
Zagato Ferrari 550 GTZ Barchetta 2006

Zagato Ferrari 550 GTZ Barchetta 2006

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Ferrari 550 Barchetta
  • Nr produced: 2 (?)
Zagato Ferrari 575 GTZ 2006

Zagato Ferrari 575 GTZ 2006

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Ferrari 575 Maranello
  • Nr produced: 6
Zagato Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio 2007

Zagato Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio 2007

  • Coachbuilder: Zagato
  • Base car: Ferrari 599 GTB
  • Nr produced: 9
Zagato Ferrari FZ93 1993

Zagato Ferrari FZ93 1993

  • Designer: Ercole Spada
  • Coachbuilder: Ercole Spada
  • Base car: standard Swiss market Ferrari Testarossa (chassis 83935)
  • Nr produced: 1
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