Started by Ugo Zagato in 1919 to build car bodies using techniques learned from building World War One aircraft. In the 1930s Zagato built bodies for Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Lancia, and continued after World War Two making GT bodies for Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari and Aston Martin. In the 1970s to 1990s Zagato began to concentrate on low runs of high quality cars instead of quantity production vehicles, and also building prototypes. Andrea Zagato now heads a company that is still independent and still prides itself on avant garde work.
Fiat 8VZ - badge on front wing
Maserati A6G Zagato 1954 - badge on front wing
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ. Alfa Romeo encouraged Carozzeria Zagato to build the aluminium-bodied 'Sprint Zagato' on the shorter Giulietta SS chassis
Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato - badge
Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato - badge
Aston Martin V8 Vantage 1978 Zagato front - badge on bootlid.
Fiat Abarth 750GTZ - badge on wing
Abarth Bialbero 1962. Based on a 1959 Monza Record car by Zagato the Bialbero was altered by Sibona & Basono. Abarth had produced a 982cc engine based loosely on the Fiat 600 original.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM 1931 Spyder with coachwork by Zagato
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ. Designed by Franco Scaglione at Bertone, but built by Zagato. The Sprint Zagato used a tubular steel chassis, the shorter wheelbase of the Giulietta Spyder and aluminium panels with perspex windows to save weight.
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961
Aston Martin DB7 2003 Zagato Coupe . A limited edition model produced on a shortened DB7 chassis and launched in 2002. The convertible is the DB7 AR1, a roadster built without roof for the American market on a full length DB7 chassis. Only 99 cars of DB7 Z and DB7 AR1 were built
Aston Martin V8 1978 Zagato. Based on the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Aston Martin and Zagato announced a collaboration at the 1985 Geneva Salon. The car was presented at the 1986 Salon, but production cars were given an ugly square grille and large power bulge to cover the carburettors when the intended fuel injection system was too slow.
Aston Martin Zagato 1990 Vantage Volante. Aston Martin announced the Zagato Aston Martin in 1986 and in 1987 launched the Volante convertible version of the car. Most of the 37 Volante cars had a flat bonnet and the fue l-injected version of the 5,341cc V8 engine, but a dozen or so were upgraded to full Vantage spec with engines up to 6.0-litres and a power bulge to cover the carbs.
Bristol Zagato 406 GT SWB 1961. Bristol commissioned Carrosserie Zagato to build 6 coupes on a 406 114-inch wheelbase. A further car was built on a short wheelbase 406, and this is that car. The Zagato was given the 130bhp 2,216cc version of the inline six, the last car to be given this engine before the V8 was introduced.
Ferrari 250 GT 1957 Zagato. Based on a long wheelbase 250 GT
Fiat Abarth 1000 Bialbero 1962. Developed from 1959 Record Monza cars, the Zagato body of that car was modified by Sibona and Basono for the Bialbero cars. Launched in 1961 it was later given a front-mounted radiator, and it had many victories in 1961. In 1962 it won Nurburgring outright and secured the Championship for up to 1000cc cars in both 1962 and 1963. However, a Simca-engined car was already in development and would soon surpass the Abarth-Fiat.
Fiat Abarth 750 1959 GTZ, with Zagato coachwork and powered by Abarth's own 747cc sohc version of the Fiat 600 engine. The 'double bubble' roof is evident in this view
Maserati A6G Zagato 1954. Maserati had introduced the A6GCS as a sports racing car in 1953 with a twin cam 2-litre engine. In 1954 60 A6G/54 GT road cars were made, 20 of which were given Zagato bodies.
OSCA 1600 GT 1962. Bodied by Carrozzeria Zagato, 98 of the 128 1600GTs had Zagato bodies. The engine was a 1568cc unit designed by Maserati. However, it was built by Fiat for OSCA, and in return a version of this engine was produced on the same line for the Fiat 1600S.
Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Z. The Junior Z was launched at the 1969 Salon di Torino and designed by Ercole Spada at Zagato. It was built on a shortened Alfa Romeo Spider 1300 Junior chassis and bodied mainly in steel as a road car rather than a race car. The Junior 1600 Z was launched at Turin in 1972 and built on an unnshortened Spider 1600 Junior chassis and was therefore longer behind the rear wheels.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato 'Coda Tronca'. The final 30 of the Giulietta SZ were restyled by Ercole Spada at Zagato with a longer, but truncated, Kamm tail
Alfa Romeo SZ. The SZ 'Sprint Zagato' was designed by Robert Opron (Citroen DS, Citroen GS, Citroen CX, Citroen SM, Renault Fuego, Renault 25) and Antonio Castellana and exhibited at the 1989 Geneva Salon. It was subsequently built until 1991 based principally on Alfa Romeo 75 underpinnings. 284 were sold.
Lancia Beta Spyder. The Spyder was designed by Pininfarina but was sold in North America as the 'Zagato' because Zagato built it
Lancia Flavia Sport. Zagato got Ercole Spada to design the extraordinary Flavia Sport. His aluminium body saved 100 kilos on the weight of the saloon, and had much better aerodynamics.
Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato. First shown in 1965 the design was by Ercole Spada under the direction of Elio Zagato.
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 1964. Not actually a Guilia at all, but a space frame chassis developed by Autodelta and given a 1,570cc dohc Alfa Romeo engine. Ercole Spada at Zagata designed this 'Coda Tronac' Kamm-tail body. A later TZ2 model had longer rear bodywork