The ravishing Aston Martin Vanquish as rebodied by the Italian dreamweavers at Zagato bowed at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza last month as a showpiece. As in “look, don’t touch” forever. But today it’s been confirmed that a few lucky owners will be able to take one home and get their grubby mitts all over it.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato is one of the prettiest Astons to come out of the Italian design house in years. But even though it’s got incredible little details like a door panel festooned with infinite Zs, the best part sounds like it lives under the hood.
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a sleek, V12-powered grand tourer wrapped in carbon fiber bodywork. But that wasn’t enough for famously weird coachbuilder Zagato, which transformed the car into the Aston Martin Zagato Vanquish, a sleek, V12-powered grand tourer wrapped in carbon fiber bodywork.
The 2011 concept version of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato sure was a cool car. I like it.
Italy’s most famous road race, the Mille Miglia, is a thousand miles. (It’s in the name and everything.) This unique 1949 Fiat Topolino 750MM Zagato packs 13 air-cooled horsepower, but it went for it anyway.
The Zagato Mostro is using a Maserati V8, so expect it to have up to 460 hp like the GranTurismo MC Stradale. The Milanese coachbuilder is expected to produce no more than ten units after its Villa d’Este premier.
There are some cars that seem like they couldn’t be uglier but remain oddly entrancing.
The year was 2001, the place was Japan, and anything was possible. Even Zagato Toyotas. Mid-engined Zagato Toyotas!
Can you think of a car that looks less at home in America than a tiny Abarth with a coachbuilt body and four times as much performance as the Fiat it was based on? Meet the Californian Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 GT Corsa, one of only 21 ever built.
While Jay Leno thinks Lancia's Roman-inspired names weren't the most fortunate (the Fulvia reminds him of a certain lady part and Flaminia sounds like an STD), when Zagato entered the game, that hardly mattered. Meet the world's sexiest V4.
Zagato is turning 95 this year, and like all of us hope to do when we turn 95, they're celebrating by building a one-off Aston Martin shooting brake. As you'd expect, it's pretty stunning — but, I don't think it's Shooting Brake enough. I'll explain.
At first I thought the Lamborghini 5-95 by Zagato was more Spyker with Lamborghini added, but now I'm convinced it's more Lamborghini with Spyker added. Either the way, the more I see of it, it's just so.... ugh. So Zagato made one in yellow.
I'm sure there's a good reason why you can't buy a car with a full canopy roof. But dammit, I still want one.
There is a certain class of person, you know who they are, that sees the Zagato-designed Spyker C12 and says, "you know what that Spyker needs? That's right. More Lamborghini." The Lamborghini 5-95 by Zagato, then, is the oddball mixture created just for them.
[The 1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 SZ, designed by Zagato. It features Alfa's last dual-overhead cam 2.6l straight six and is almost painfully gorgeous. Photo Credit: Zagato]
A Zagato-bodied Lancia from the sixties is something for the gentleman within you. With its 2.8-liter V6 and a pair of double barrel Webers, it's better than getting a pipe.
The NART Cadillac Zagato was the most awesome Eldorado Mark VII ever built. Here's what happened.
This car is one of those great automotive cocktails. Alfa Romeo always being a good start, superleggera just making it cooler, and Zagato turning out to be the secret ingredient that makes it so addictive.
There's no need to feel sorry for the person who decides to buy a new Aston Martin and say, "I just wish it looked more breathtaking." But when famed coachbuilder Zagato takes a DBS and a DB9 Volante and makes them more beautiful, you quit judging.