Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Ferrari 250GT Zagato Berlinetta

Every coachbuilder has unique quirks that mark their designs out as being their own. Zagato's builds are characterised by double-bubble roofs (ostensibly for allowing occupants with racing helmets to fit inside), flush door-handles, eager, protruding headlights, and avant garde styling employing deliberately odd angles that are jarring to look at and complicated to fabricate. For evidence of the latter, see the brilliantly bizarre Z-shaped C-pillar on this 1956 Ferrari 250GT Zagato.
The GTZ used the race-proven 250 GT Tour de France chassis and turned the overt racer into something of a gentleman's express, lavishly painting opulent appointments over the sporting canvas. There were five GTZs built in total: Berlinetta, Coupe Corsa, Competizione, Lusso, and Prototipo - all with detail differences. The car you see here is the first one built, the Berlinetta. It was crafted for Vladimiro Galluzzi, a successful racer, who wanted a car that could be used both for competition and concours events, hence the unusual fusion of hardcore racer mechanicals and refined, luxurious trimmings. Indeed, it's such an elegant thing that it's hard to picture it as a brutish podium winner, although that is very much what it is. In many ways, then, the ultimate Ferrari...?
Photos by SuckSqueezeBangBlow at the Windsor Concours of Elegance.

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