Among Italian coachbuilders, Zagato has consistently produced beautiful and challenging cars that are well ahead of their time, both in form and function. When automakers want something truly special, they turn to Zagato. Here are some of the best Zagato designs, according to you.
Based on the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo, only 24 Hyenas were built. Aside from the cool name, the Hyena has incredibly sleek looks and around 300 horsepower from a turbocharged inline-four. sold back in 2012 for the equivalent of just under $110,000.
The Ferrari GTZ may looks a bit strange at first, but study its lines a bit and you'll start to see just how Zagato nailed this design on the head. The bulging rear arches and cheek-like circular corner grilles are unique touches, complemented by the 575's lovely wail.
Cars from Zagato's earliest days emphasized streamlined aerodynamics. it was the first company to adopt angled windshields and headlights in the bodywork. This 1938 Lancia looks like an old car, but it's vastly more modern than other cars of its day.
This Abarth-engined Fiat started life as a lowly 600 city car, but with Abarth's engineering and Zagato's iconic styling, turned into something quite different. This diminutive racer gained a bit of as a giant-killer at the Mille Miglia.
If you bought a Lancia in the late-1950s, you often had a choice of coachbuilders across a single model range. The Flaminia offered bodywork by Pininfarina and Touring, but the sportiest models wore gorgeous aluminum Zagato bodywork. The Sport and later Super Sport were , with aerodynamic shapes and a gem-like 2.5 liter V6.
Arguably Zagato's most famous creation, and for a good reason. The design firm's first of many collaborations with Aston Martin resulted in the stunning DB4 GT Zagato. Aston only produced 25 Zagato-bodied DB4s, and they've become a collector favorite. Despite being lighter than the regular Touring Superleggera-bodied DB4, the DB4 GT never had much competition success.
While the 1965 Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato is unmistakably the work of Zagato, it represents a significant departure from the coachbuilder's previous models. Starting with Lancia's innovative, V4-powered, front-wheel-drive Fulvia, Zagato crafted a hatchback body that looks well ahead of its time.
Zagato known for oddballs as well as traditionally gorgeous cars, and few of its cars are odder than the . Luigi Chinetti, at the time the U.S. importer for Ferrari and boss of the NART racing team, commissioned a collaboration between Cadillac and Zagato. The result is this mid-engined, alloy bodied weirdo of which only one was built.
Zagato's history isn't entirely sports cars. One of its strangest footnotes is the all-electric , a battery-powered microcar built just as the world was to enter a fuel crisis. Zagato had the right idea, but the Smart Car-esque design was well ahead of the technology of the day.
You either love or hate the styling of the Alfa Romeo SZ–and its roadster counterpart, the RZ–but there's no denying it was one of the most unique cars of its day. It was designed by the same man who gave the world the stunning Citroen SM and used a similar suspension to Alfa's Group A race car. A sonorous V6 completes this strangely beguiling package.
It takes a lot to make a Lamborghini look more avant garde, but leave it to the people at Zagato to pull it off. Zagato created carbon fiber bodywork on a modified all-wheel-drive Diablo chassis to create . Sadly, this canopy-topped Lambo never reached production, with only one concept car built.
Aston Martin needs no assistance designing beautiful cars itself, but from time to time, it turns to the people at Zagato to create something truly special. The V12 Zagato is one of the most recent examples of this, which marked the 50th anniversary of Aston and Zagato's collaboration. 150 of these V12 Vantage-based cars were produced, costing customers $450,000 a piece.