A historical name in bespoke Italian coachbuilding, the world’s most famous sports car manufacturer and a collector, who probably just needed a Ferrari built especially for him, to complete his collection. These are the players involved in the creation of Zagato’s latest offering, the 575 SZ, an interpretation of a 575 Maranello by the Milan atelier for Yoshiyuki Hayashi, Japan’s biggest Ferrari collector.
Givien its world preview at the Concours d’Elegance at Villa d’Este in May, the 575 SZ highlights one of Zagato’s main peculiarities, namely their ability to build unique cars on the basis of existing models, without altering their character. The mechanicals and interiors of the car have been left quite unchanged compared to the original and Nori Harada, responsible for the Zagato style centre, concentrated on the bodywork design.
“The design language of the 575 GTZ is a pure expression of the word automobile, yet remains discreet and subtle. This car has not been designed to shock the observer with unexpected design treatments. We have worked to extract the beauty typical of the Zagato sports car, recreating its elegance and spirit around a modern chassis.
The design was defined very quickly together with Andrea Zagato and was presented directly to the client, with no time wasted in meetings or marketing analyses. This helped us capture a unique spirit of purity and strength and translate it into the lines of the bodywork. At the end of the project, the new GTZ had assumed a shape all its own, with powerful volumes and the classic stance of Italian sports cars.”.
The article continues in Auto & Design no. 159