Films: Zagato Embodies Essential Beauty

Zagato Embodies Essential Beauty

The master sculptor Michelangelo famously said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”  

Driven by the sole purpose of winning races, Zagato built a legend of creating objects of indisputable beauty born by removing all elements that were unessential. With aerodynamics, lightness, and speed as the ultimate objectives, the coachbuilder bestowed upon us sculpture after sculpture of essential beauty.

The 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ conveys this philosophy perfectly. Andrea Zagato, who today continues the legend with the same uncompromising principles as his grandfather Ugo Zagato 95 years ago, shares with us how this Alfa Romeo’s shape was born and the experience of driving it today.

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Rob Stitt
Rob Stitt
2 years 8 months ago

I love this video! The subject is great, the photography is super, love listening to the melodic italian naration and I absolutely LOVE the soundtrack. One suggestion: please….let me say that again, please start listing the accompany music. Sometimes I wonder if I like the subject of your videos or the music better. Keep’em coming!!

Thomas Krueger
Thomas Krueger
3 years 3 months ago

Nice one, big compliments for the video production. Appreciated the italian audio from Signor Zagato!!

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog
3 years 3 months ago

in my opinion, a roof line adds so much visual appeal to a sports car. i know they say when the top goes down, the price goes up, but i so feel that losing a roof takes so much away from a car. this thing is insanely beautiful.

Jacob Wade
Jacob Wade
3 years 3 months ago
I am loving the coverage Zagato has been getting the past few days. Not all of their designs are home runs (Lancia Flavia Sport, I am looking at you!), but in general it is easy to see why Zagato bodies tend to bring more money than a comparable Bertone or Pininfarina. Many of the shapes they pin are pretty extreme, yet somehow also understated and classy. And though you can always tell a Zagato body, the design language never seems to age or go stale. Perhaps one day, I can own a Zagato of my own. Perhaps a Fulvia? That… Read more »
Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
3 years 3 months ago

Very nice.
I have played this several times just so my children can hear him waxing in Italian with such sincerity.

Thanks for sharing.

Vincent P
Vincent P
3 years 3 months ago

SImply perfect. I wonder where in Maryland this car is!? He could be my neighbor as there are some amazing classics floating around out here.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years 3 months ago

Great video as usual. I had never realised before this that all Zagato cars were coupes!

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks Matt! Actually they did also make roadsters. Some of the pre-war Alfa 8C Zagatos, for example, were roadsters. Andrea does say “only 2 doors” in the video, but not necessarily just coupes.

Raman Dooman
Raman Dooman
3 years 3 months ago

Fabuloso!

Martin Betoni
Martin Betoni
3 years 3 months ago

Fantastic video. Thanks so much for producing these week after week.

Any chance you could provide notes on the music used throughout? It’s all terrific!

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3 years 3 months ago

What’s the song at the begging? It’s fantastic..

Stephen Fitzgerald
Stephen Fitzgerald
3 years 3 months ago

Has this site stopped working correctly for any other Firefox users? I have to use Chrome to read it. The red line cuts off the articles and videos.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Steve,
We fixed this issue a while back. You might simply need to reset the cache on Firefox. Let me know if that resolves it.
Thanks.

Stephen Fitzgerald
Stephen Fitzgerald
3 years 3 months ago

It is working now. Thanks!

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel
3 years 3 months ago

I’m sorry I was watching it on my IPhone and didn’t know how to turn on the captions!
Much better now!!

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel
3 years 3 months ago

Another great video! I wish I could have understood what he was saying.

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