One of the biggest highlights of the
Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza was the world premiere of the Ferrari 575 GTZ,
a car specifically built for “gentleman drivers” along the lines of the historic
250 GTZ from 1956.
“The launch of the Ferrari 575 GTZ is
important for two reasons,” commented Zagato’s Paolo di Taranto at the exclusive
Italian event. “Firstly it marks one of the first coachbuilt cars in recent years to
be able to officially be sold using the Prancing Horse badge. Secondly it also marks
Zagato’s return to building coachbuilt cars, something which we wish to expand
on over the coming years. Zagato is a coachbuilding house and, like in
the past, our creations need a brand. Currently we are developing concepts and within the next five years we’ll see many
interesting automobiles being launched bearing the famous Z badge,” he added.
The aluminium coachwork on the 575 GTZ
is a sublime work of rational modern design. No panel remains untouched, with the
car body being completely custom-built from aluminium. Zagato’s last coachbuilt cars were based
on Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish platforms. With these cars, Aston Martin’s
design chief at the time, Henrik Fisker, had a hand in creating the bodywork.
“The Ferrari 575 GTZ is a 100% Zagato
design, which is also very special. At Zagato we have around 15 designers who
also work on product design. If one of the designers has a good idea on a car,
then he can work it out.