Zagato has been developing and building bodies for sports cars since 1919. Ugo Zagato (1890-1968) had founded today’s SZ DESIGN S. R. L. as Carrozeria Zagato. The Italian design and construction office is still family-owned. In addition to vehicle design, the portfolio also includes the production of small series. In the meantime, Zagato has expanded its range to include the design of forklifts and trams.
From the very beginning, Ugo Zagato focused on lightweight construction and aerodynamics. In times of the combination of wood and steel, which still originated from the carriage building industry, the small company thus clearly distinguished itself from its competitors. Vehicles with a Zagato body seemed weightless and reached breathtaking speeds for their time. The company achieved international fame with its Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS (1928) and the now legendary Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 (1931). A large number of Zagato vehicles are among the most beautiful in the world and are traded at six-digit levels. On the occasion of Alfa Romeo’s 100th birthday, the coachbuilder presented a TZ3 Corsa. This unique specimen, a further development of the 6C 2500 from 1939, was presented by Zagato 2010 at the 22nd Concorso d’ Eleganza Villa d’ Este.
The list of clients Zagatos is long. Ferrari had designs made by the Italian as well as Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Lamborghini or Porsche. For Alfa Romeo, the well-known designer designed the body of the 6C 1750 Gran Sport (1929), the famous 8C Le Mans (1931) and the Giulietta. But not only Europeans appreciate the bodies of Zagatos. Japanese car manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan and Toyota or Americans such as Ford and Cadillac are also among the customers. Many of the often unusual models, some of which rushed ahead of their time, remained studies, while others were brought to market maturity.