first official picture of the Ferrari 575GTZ. Rarity has to
be the key word, as it is so rare to find a modern car as
beautiful and so pure as the new Ferrari 575GTZ by Zagato.
behind this fascinating project materialised when legendary
Japanese car collector Yoshi Hayashi asked Zagato if it
would be possible to create special bodywork for his 575M
Maranello in the style of the famous 250GTZ berlinetta
(0515). For Zagato this represented a new chapter in their
long tradition of creating exclusive bodywork around Ferrari
mechanicals, starting in 1948 with the 166 Sport. Yoshiyuki
Hayashi currently owns several Ferrari’s, including a 166MM,
a 250 Spider California, two Daytonas – a coupe and spider –
and an Enzo. He has also owned other famous models,
including 250 GTOs (3413GT and 3705GT), a 250 LM (26105) and
250 TR Spider Scaglietti, so his passion towards the Ferrari
250 model in particular is probably unparalleled.
received Hayashi’s bespoke request to sculpt an aluminium
body around a 575M Maranello along the lines of the classic
model, the coachbuilder informed Ferrari of the project as
it provided a perfect opportunity to celebrate the original
250GTZ’s 50th anniversary.
The original 250
GTZ represented Zagato’s first bodywork commission for the
Ferrari 250, and has also remained the most admired.
Originally made to order by gentleman racer and construction
magnate Vladimiro Galluzzi to pacify his wife, the 250 GTZ
represented the fourth Ferrari model to sport Zagato bodywork. The
design was created from a blank sheet of paper by engineer
Fabio Luigi Rapi, with styling touches from Ugo Zagato who
at the time was starting on the Lancia Appia and decided
that the two cars should therefore share similar styling
treatment. The result was stunning in beauty and highly
advanced at the same time.
True to its
forbearer, the new 575 GTZ perfectly captures the sleek
lines, which at the time showcased an exceptionally low nose
for aerodynamic reasons. Both cars also share similar
muscularity with the rear wheel arches, providing the
impression of streamlining and strength. Perhaps one of the
most striking features of the 250GTZ, which was not
implemented on the 575GTZ, is the stepped rear C-post which
was introduced purely for styling reasons to make the car
instantly recognisable. However, the trademark double bubble
roof, that was first seen in 1954 on Zagato’s Fiat 8V, is present on
both of the GTZs. The form of the double bubble roof is much
stronger than that of a conventional alternative, allowing
Zagato to use a lighter gauge of aluminium. On the original 250 GTZ, the roof used 1.0-1.2 mm aluminium, where as the
typical standard lay at 1.5-1.6 mm.
As with the original 250 GTZ, the 575 GTZ is
finished with two-tone paintwork, although the
metallic grey shades are far more subtle than the
inspiration’s blue and white scheme which was
originally commissioned by Galluzzi as a compromise
solution because his wife hated Spiders.
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First official picture of the Ferrari 575GTZ. Rarity
has to be the key word, as it is so rare to find a
modern car as beautiful and quite so pure as the new
Ferrari 575GTZ by Zagato.
As with the
original 250 GTZ, the 575 GTZ is finished with two-tone
paintwork, although the metallic grey shades are far more
subtle than the inspiration’s blue and white scheme which
was originally commissioned by Galluzzi as a compromise
solution because his wife hated Spiders. Despite its good
looks, the original was commissioned as a stylish grand
tourer and a competition car in one. Due to this dual
purpose, Galluzzi ordered the car with hip-hugging bucket
After a slight delay, the car was finally ready for Galluzzi
to pick up on the 30th June, which coincidentally marked the
day of Dino Ferrari’s death. Despite being shocked by the
tragic news and funeral, Galluzzi took delivery that very
day after encouragement from Ferrari’s sales manager Gardini.
Galluzi registered the Ferrari on the 2nd July, before
competing directly afterwards in the Coppa delle Dolomiti
around Cortina. Despite a minor accident, which lightly
damaged the front of the aluminium bodywork, and a slipping
clutch, Galluzzi managed to finish a highly respectable 5th
position. After repairs had been made by Ferrari in
Maranello, Galluzzi returned to Cortina in late July to
participate in the concorzo d’eleganza. As passenger he took
Elio Zagato’s younger brother Gianni, however Galluzzi left
him behind and returned with a beautiful model who had posed
with the car instead! After campaigning the car for the rest
of 1956, Galluzzi sold the Ferrari to fellow racing driver
Gigi Tarramazzo who successfully raced the car over the
following three years.
Tarramazzo’s ownership period the car was exported to the
United States, where it led another extraordinary life
before being restored to its current glory. Sparkling under
the spotlights at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year,
the 250GTZ was easily the most beautiful car on display. At
the time, Andrea Zagato told Italiaspeed “this is probably
the most valuable car at the entire show and it is currently
valued at 4 million euros."
Vladimiro Galluzzi, Yoshi Hayashi is a keen racing driver.
His new tailor-made Zagato bodied Ferrari also exudes a
similar expression of timeless Italian excellence in its
shape and detailing. The new 575GTZ is not only a tribute to
Ferrari, but also to all hand-built Italian sportscars which
over the years have built up unrivalled exclusivity in this
field. Fifty years after its inspiration, the 575GTZ will be
presented in a world premier at the Villa D’Este Concours
D’Elegance, Cernobbio (Italy) next weekend.