Classic Porsche covered exclusively the "restored model" that came out of a workshop in Zagato, Carrozzeria.
Recently, many well-known manufacturers have been trying to restore important models from the past. After Jaguar announced that it would manufacture nine new XKSSs, Aston Martin also announced plans to produce a limited production of 25 DB4GTs.
Porsche has not announced any plans of this kind. But rather than Stuttgart's headquarters, Zagato, an Italian carrozzeria, has planned to reintroduce a special Porsche model to reveal the successful history of the company's successful collaboration with Porsche.
To find out more about the project, we visited Zagato's headquarters in Rho, near Milan, for the first time in the world. Anyone who knows the history of the collaboration between Zagato and Porsche will know the existence of the Zagato body 356 Carrera Abarth GTL coupe, of which only 20 were built in the early 1960s. However, the origin of the cars we are witnessing at this place today is more rare. We asked Zagato's successor, CEO Andrea Zagato, about his plans.
"Over the course of 100 years, Zagato has designed and built about 400 different models, some of them very famous, some less. Not all are in existence, and some of them So we decided a few years ago to select and restore several models in our history that were integral to the brand's development, and to replace them with the “Sanction Ⅱ” model. I decided to call it. ''
However, the project has conditions, and Andrea Zagato explained some of them. "These cars were undoubtedly important in our design and development. In contrast to the examples of Jaguar and Aston Martin, Zagato only seeks to restore extinct models. There is no original body left. I would like to see and experience a car that could not have been enjoyed without this opportunity by performing a sanctioned [approved] reprint. "
In 2006, on the occasion of Lancia's 100th anniversary, Zagato noticed the presence of Lancia Aprilia Sports Zagato. The roadster, first created by Andrea's grandfather Hugo Zagato in 1938, was a vital car for the company. This groundbreaking design features a mostly flat appearance, without the then common protruding fenders. What looks sideways like an aircraft wing is clearly influenced by the aeronautical engineering that Hugo has learned.
However, Zagato's archives were almost completely destroyed by bombs fired by British troops during World War II. So Hugo's grandson Andrea couldn't rely on the original blueprints and blueprints to reproduce the design.
"The only reference material for the reprint of Sanctions II was only a few black and white photographs of poor quality," Zagato says. Andrea and the team used CAD to develop a computer-based measurement system and placed grid lines on the original photo. Zagato proudly explains:
"We always used the same grid lines to show all the photos we could find. Finally, after collecting a series of measurement points, what the car looked like at that time It became clear what the detailed size was. ''
A computer creates a detailed 3D image based on these data points. Zagato calls this the "Masmatical Master [Doctor of Mathematics]." This was used to create a wooden prototype, and then a highly skilled Italian craftsman hand-molded the body panels on this model. As a result, a limited series of nine Lancia Aprilia Sanction II models was produced, which was unveiled at the Bologna Motor Show in 2006 by Andrea Zagato himself.
Why 9? … continue to next time