April 26th 2012 – Auto of the day – Zagato’s

Hillman Zimp Imp 1963 prototype

This car is one of 3 prototypes which Zagato produced based on Hillman Imp.

Being sold here:

http://www.antea.com/antea/antea-1-5-459.htm

Asking ??

Value: ???

Comment: Cool car, and cant be too expensive, it is a Hillman Imp after all.

1955/1 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS with Zagato body

sell on behalf of its owner a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Zagato.Vin # “AR 1900 C 01953″Car is part restored and need finishing.95% of the parts come with the car.Rest of 5% can be supplied.Only serious offers and no part exchange.We have no history of this car and so we believe it is a replica done with the original Zagato tools by ex Zagato crafts men.More informations on request.

http://www.anamera.com/en/detail/car/124570/index.html?no_cache=1&ret=63

Asking EURo 63,000

Value: US$50,000 -200,000 depending on condition

Comment: Very very cool, who wouldn’t want one.

1964 Lancia Sport Prototipo Zagato

Chassis No.

815538 1001

 Estimate:

€180.000-€240.000

AUCTION DATE:

To be auctioned on

Saturday, May 12, 2012

148 bhp, 1,848 cc single overhead camshaft four-cylinder boxer engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and parallel trailing arms, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,330 mm (91.7″)

 

• Unique Zagato competition styling

• Lancia Works racing car

• 1964 Targa Florio entrant

• Fully documented and only two owners from new; same ownership for over 20 years

• The only SWB Lancia Sport Zagato Prototype

In 1964, the Lancia Works team presented the Sport Prototipo Zagato, a unique creation with a lightweight body and numerous weight-saving measures. Its first race was at the 1964 Targa Florio, with Marco Crosina and Fernando Frescobaldi, using race number 184. Unfortunately, the drivers and the car did not see the finish line due to an unplanned off-road excursion during the race. After the Targa Florio entry, the car had a very short racing history due to limited funds; the Works team, instead, decided to race the standard road going Flavia Zagato in the ‘Turismo’ category to try to help the sales of that car. After a few more outings on circuit events, the Sport Prototipo Zagato was left in Lancia’s Reparto Corse and stored for a few years, unused and nearly forgotten.

It was then, in 1967, that Claudio Maglioli, who was the Italian champion with Lancia in 1965 and 1966, was still racing for the Works team and he came across chassis no. 815538 1001 and immediately negotiated with Sandro Fiorio, head of Lancia’s racing department, to purchase the car and any remaining spare parts. Maglioli kept the car in his workshop for 20 years, undertaking a careful and meticulous sympathetic restoration. Small details, such as putting baffles in the sump to avoid oil surge in left hand corners, were made, and the car remained with him until 1991, when he decided to sell the 815538 1001 to the current owner, an avid Lancia collector.

Chassis 815538 1001 had many special features, starting from the light alloy body that was some 220 kilograms lighter, compared to the standard Lancia Flavia Zagato, as well as the shortened wheelbase for better handling. The Sport Prototipo Zagato car has a very aggressive and low slung look with twin air intakes on the bonnet for the long carburettor trumpets to reach and breathe. Also of note are the lower roof line, deleted bumpers and a race specific interior, all to save weight and increase performance. In addition, a more direct steering box was fitted, which gave the car a much better response.

In a test drive and interview with Claudio Maglioli in Italian magazine Ruoteclassiche, he remembers how well the car handled. Maglioli remembers that to drive the car quickly, you had to use the slow-in, fast-out tactic. He reported that with clean racing lines around the corners, this car can be as quick and as effective as most and with a little more support from the Lancia Works team in period, it would have gone on to be one of the more successful race cars in Lancia’s history. The example offered here, by its second owner, remains relatively untouched and original, with only light preservation work by its first owner, a Works driver. This unique Zagato bodied competition car is a one-off piece of Lancia history and is ready to be shown or used on rallies and events.

Value: ???

Comment: An amazing car, just look at it, go and scare the peasants. EURO 200,000+ is a bit expensive though

 

1953 Fiat 8V

According to factory records, this 8V, chassis 106.000065, was completed by Fiat on October 6, 1953, and delivered to the famed Milanese coachbuilder Zagato as a bare chassis. At the Zagato workshops, the Fiat chassis was transformed into the elegant, lightweight berlinetta we see today. As a first-series 8VZ, the car features clean, uncluttered lines and the rare, flat dashboard used only on the earliest examples. Originally finished in white, the completed Zagato-bodied Fiat has the remarkable distinction of being the only right-hand drive 8V ever built. The completed 8VZ was originally delivered to Mrs. Idelbe Vallaguzza and registered in Milan in March 1955. During the next two years it was often seen competing in the most prominent Italian races and hill climbs. During that period, the 8V was entrusted to Ottavio Guarducci, an illustrious racing driver best known for campaigning two-litre Ferraris throughout the 1950s. As Sig. Guarducci was a member of Scuderia Autieri, it is understandable that the Fiat was delivered in white instead of the more traditional red.

The first competition outing for the 8VZ took place on June 29, 1955, at the renowned Trieste-Opicina Hillclimb. In his first race behind the wheel of the new Fiat sports car, Guarducci managed to finish in 6th Place. On July 10th, the pair made an appearance at the IX Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti, one of the oldest and most popular Italian events. Once again, Guarducci and the 8V delivered a respectable 6th in Class result. On September 11th, Guarducci entered the 8VZ in the VII Coppa Intereuropa at Monza, a race that featured a competitive field of the latest European GTs. Wearing race number “96,” Guarducci’s Fiat gave a brilliant performance that culminated in an outright victory. In so doing, the white 8VZ vanquished a grid that consisted of Maserati A6G/54 Zagatos, 300 SL Gullwings, Porsche Carreras and almost a dozen Fiats. The hugely successful 1955 season ended with a somewhat disappointing result at the Targa Florio in August, where Guarducci and Lietti failed to complete the grueling race in the 8VZ.

 

It wasn’t until September 2, 1956, that Guarducci again campaigned the 8VZ, returning to Monza for the running of the VIII Coppa Intereuropa. After battling Ferrari 250s, Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs and a number of 8VZs through difficult, rainy conditions, Guarducci came across the finish line 9th overall and 5th in Class. Following the 1956 Coppa Intereuropa, the 8VZ retired from racing and was sold to its second owner in December 1957, a Sig. Alessandro Cantoni residing in the Piacenza province of Italy. In March of the following year, the sporty 8VZ passed to another Piacenza resident before being acquired by Augusto Bergonzi in June 1960. Sig. Bergonzi kept the car for approximately 18 months before selling it to a Sig. Brosi of Cremona, Italy. The car is believed to have remained in Italy until the late 1980s when it was acquired by Andrea Zagato, the grandson of famed Milanese coachbuilder Ugo Zagato and the current CEO of the company.

Andrea Zagato intended to use the Fiat 8VZ in the newly formed Mille Miglia Storica and soon commissioned a thorough restoration which was overseen by him personally. During the process, parts of the fine alloy coachwork were replaced employing the methods and materials that were used by the same firm several decades earlier. Following its restoration, the 8VZ was used by Andrea Zagato in the 1991 and 1992 Mille Miglia Storica. Over the years, the 8VZ was featured in several publications, most notably the May 1987 issue of AutoCapital magazine and Tony Adriaensens’ definitive book OttoVu. The car was later sold to a collector in Holland before being acquired approximately five years ago by an Italian enthusiast; he kept it at his family’s estate located on Lake Maggiore where it shared driving duties with an Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ and a Lancia B20.

In May 2007, a FIVA identity card was issued for the 8VZ, which placed it in the desirable category A3 for original cars restored to original specification. With this classification, this 8VZ is eligible for some of the most stringent international events including the Mille Miglia Storica, where it was last entered in 2011, and Concorso Villa d’Este. Considering its desirable Zagato coachwork, matching-numbers engine, exceptional period racing history, unique provenance and eligibility for a wide variety of automotive events, this 8VZ represents an exciting opportunity for those with a passion for historically significant Italian sports cars. The new owner is sure to be rewarded with a wonderful sports car that can be enjoyed for years to come, while offering the ideal foundation for an exacting, show-quality restoration. Whatever the future holds, this race-winning 8V Zagato ought to serve as a ticket to the most exclusive international motoring events

Sold Gooding Amelia Island 2012 for US$750,000

More info here: http://goodingco.com/car/1953-fiat-8v-zagato

Value: US$600,000 – 2.0 mil.

Comment: Absolutely beautiful (enough said ?)

 

Alfa Romeo 8C2300 #2111006

This early 8C 2300 Mille Miglia (chassis number 2111006) was part of the Alfa Romeo racing team in 1931. Starting out as a simple cycle winged car to compete in the Belgian Grand Prix, it was rebuilt with Zagato bodywork in 1932. It might have run in the Targa Florio in 1931 but was more likely entered in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. It was sold along with its sister car (2111007) to Scuderia Ferrari in July of 1931, which had the bodywork changed. It then raced in the 1932, 1933 and 1934 Mille Miglia and in the Targa Florio in 1932. It was bought and sold many times in Italy during the 1930s before going to the United Kingdom. Its previous owner was the motoring journalist and race driver Alain de Cadenet. In 2005 a full restoration was undertaken by marque experts Neil and Craig Twyman.

More info here: http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z8989/Alfa-Romeo-8C-2300.aspx

This vehicle was apparently sold at Retromobile 2012

Value: US$5 – 10 mil.

Comment: An amazing car the 8C2300 was the epoch of early 1930’s motoring and this is one of the best.

 

 

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