Zagato, it’s one of those words that hints at something exotic and desirable. Which couldn’t be more appropriate considering that they’re the go-to coachbuilder for cars that are well beyond the ordinary. Well, they recently turned 95 and are showing no signs of slowing down. To celebrate they’ve produced the heart grippingly beautiful Lamborghini 5-95 and the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Break, easily the world’s best estate car. These models build on a rich period for the company that has seen them deliver modern classics such as the Alfa TZ3 Corsa, the Aston Martin DBS Centennial and the AC378 GT.
Our obsession with Zagato is a long-standing one. From the Aston Martin DB4 GTZ and the Ferrari 3Z Spider through to the Alfa Junior Z and the Lancia Hyena, we’ve wanted them all. The only thing that has stopped us adding one to our collection is the ability to lay our hands on the funds (a DB4 can set you back by over £1m).
The key to the level of consistency they achieve is likely down to the fact that they are still a family run concern. The Zagato DNA is visible in every car they design. If we were a car manufacturer or billionaire car obsessive we’d have them on speed dial.
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato 1965|
|Aston Martin DB7 Zagato 2004|