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Ugo Zagato was born in June 1890 and would live until October 1968. He began his coachbuilding career in 1919 when he left Officine Aeronautiche Pomilio to set up his own business in Milan. This was for "the construction and repair of bodies for automobiles and airplanes". He did so with the intent of transferring sophisticated constructional techniques that combined lightness with strength from the aeronautics to the automotive sector.
Without doubt his years of experience in the Aeronautical industry would have a huge impact on the design of Zagato automobiles. Following the First World War Zagato started making car bodies from wood and hand beaten aluminium as opposed to sheet steel, Zagato's first car was completed in 1922 and was a Fiat. His business grew rapidly until the Second World War when his factory in Milan was bombed and destroyed. In 1949, now with the aid of his two sons Elio and Gianni, the business was re-formed in Terrazzano Di Rho. In 1962, he retired. Zagato bodied many cars with the aim of achieving lightness as an advantage for competition.
The marriage between Ferrari and Zagato was a logical one with both Italian companies sharing the same ethos of Style and Performance. The latter often taking precedence. Prior to 1990 Zagato bodied only six new Ferraris. The first of these cars was a 166 MM, which featured a curvaceous rear windows and a small rear screen built into the sloping roof. This car was termed the "Panoramica Coupe", true to Zagato's competition origins the car was light and very quick, winning its class at the second Coppa Inter Europa in 1950. The remaining 5 cars were all 250 GT LWB Zagatos. (often referred to as 250 GTZ or Tour de France Zagato's).
The design aim of the 250 Zagato was to create a lighter and more aerodynamic competition Ferrari, and in keeping with this the first four of the five cars all enjoyed considerable competition success. Of the five cars only the first three were built with the distinguishing feature of a double-bubble roof.
Later just two 250 GTEs would be clothed with Zagato bodies, both of these cars were converted and certified by Zagato. This stunning example is one of these remarkable so called 250 GTE Zagatos. This stunning example was commissioned by a prominent Italian collector and finished to his specification in a very dark shade of "Blu Scuro" with an Argento trademark "Double Bubble" roof, and a spectacular Grigio interior with black outlining. Like all of Zagato bodied Ferrari 250s the body is unique to this example. Like the originals the car has the presence of a competition Ferrari; bumper-less with driving lights behind the "Egg Crate" grill and an outside fuel filler behind the lightweight rear screen. The car has recently received a major service and full detail and is UK registered.