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Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster Zagato: Sanction Lost

Zagato’s Sanction Lost program is recreating lost history, by hand.
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Marco Furegato
Marco Furegato
3 years ago

Bellissimo

Davide Lusardi
Davide Lusardi
3 years ago

This video is something special

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago

For some compare and contrast here is a set of photographs of a 356A Speedster also in silver. [URL below]. Working back and forth between the two sets of photos it is easier to see how complete Zagato’s re-imagining of the car actually was. In period the shape of the original Speedster was not universally admired. Now the speedster is an icon. At the time it was too distinctive for some. Zagato re-introduces some of the silhouette of a conventional barcetta or roadster of the 1950s into their design. Notably there is the dip in the belt line, that isolates the rear fender into a shape approaching a ‘cycle’ fender, and there is the long curve of the front fender that starts at the rear of the door, and reaches forward with ever decreasing radius, until it ends in front of the head light. This inflection point in the belt line at the rear of the door, on a tiny open top car, says “roadster’ to us, and pulls the shape in a familiar direction, while the front and the rear treatments remain completely and utterly ‘Porsche’. The 550 Spyder had that dip, and the little saddle shape in the front of the rear fender that makes it happen, but Zagato arguably does it better. For me it is the mild dissonance between the more conventional barcetta belt line with the hints of the cycle fender in back, and fore and aft panels that say ‘Porsche’ to me, that makes the design work; that bring my eye back again and again to the lines of the car. https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/porsche/356a/2169298.html

Peter Cronin
Peter Cronin
3 years ago

Just exquisite. You are a very lucky man Afshin. Keep up the great work.

Dana Jennings
Dana Jennings
3 years ago

There is something ethereal about a truly beautiful motor car. The heart and soul of those wonderful artisans who imagine, design, shape and assemble these works of true art remains with each car. Unlike most art they are then brought to life when the engine starts.
I so much admire your passion Afshin and the heartfelt way you present and promote this wonderful experience, whether it is a ‘Zagato’ or a ‘Fiat Bambino’. The romance is real.

Anuj Datta
Anuj Datta
3 years ago

Afshin, this is next level. 🐐🐐🐐

Paul Varjak
Paul Varjak
3 years ago

This Porsche is absolutely beautiful. I do wonder two things though: I’d think it deserves something like an upgraded Polo engine or similar, and the Zagato badges on the door look like modern badges and in an awkward location. Why not use the classic ‘Z’ or a script ‘Zagato’ on the fenders?

Dwight Watts
Dwight Watts
3 years ago

This is the reason I love this website. A once in a lifetime opportunity was embraced by a real automotive enthusiast and shared with his readers; thank you so much.

Gonzalo
Gonzalo
3 years ago

beautiful car!
there was an iso rivolta in zagato studio?

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years ago
Reply to  Gonzalo

Yes! Mr. Zagato’s wife is Marella Rivolta.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years ago

Beautiful car Afshin, congratulations. Will you have it at Bicester next month?

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

Thanks Matt! I would’ve loved to, but I fly directly into London and won’t have the time to go pickup the car from Milan.

Martin Philippo
Martin Philippo
3 years ago

How fantastic it must be to drive such a car over such Italian mountain roads.

abarth595
abarth595
3 years ago

wonderful!

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer
3 years ago

This car and film are simply a Grand Slam home run.

HSW
HSW
3 years ago

Need full length documentary on the trial and tribulations from all parties involved in bringing this to life

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago
Reply to  HSW

Zagato is so practiced at this kind of prototyping and small volume production that this may have been just another day in the shop for most of the crew. These pannello-battitore are such masters. And it would have been wonderful if a step by step video of the effort could have made made. Or perhaps one was. Part of the elegance of the car is its simplicity. Getting a green light for the effort; sourcing the donor cars; and working with potential collectors would have been a different story altogether.

Harv Falkenstine
Harv Falkenstine
3 years ago

Looking at this car made me consider what styling characteristics endure, which cars are attractive decades after their design and it is the simple, the uncluttered with pleasing “faces” “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” Leonardo de Vinci.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago

That’s probably why they took the fins off . . .

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago

Not to lower the tone, but that quote about simplicity seems to be attributed to Leonardo DaVinci for the first time in a multipage, color Campari advertising insert in the July 31, 2000 edition of the New Yorker magazine. I mean it is a fine idea, and Campari & soda is a lovely drink, but . . . https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/04/02/simple/#note-10911-14

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago

Lovely car and great videography. Personally, I find that this car resurrects a storied past while also pointing the way forward. Contemporary sports cars now substantially out perform the roads on which they are driven. This Speedster reminds us all how much fun can be had in a feather-weight roadster with modest power. Realized in contemporary engineering composites a 21st century Speedster would be far lighter still.

As of this writing some tickets are still available for Luftgekuhlt 6. Afshin, will you be showing this car there? This is the perfect venue for your Porsche Carrera Zagato. https://luftgekuhlt.com/event-info

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years ago
Reply to  Robert in LA

My sentiments exactly, Robert. That’s why I love older cars in general.
Alas, I won’t be bringing it to Luft this year.

Dennis White
Dennis White
3 years ago

Wait a minute! No serpent and cross on this car? Afshin has gone over to the Dark Side! Well, for this car I would too! The beauty is the absolute simplicity of the lines. And what a great sound coming out of that little engine! My sympathies for having to drive it in Italy with foggy weather! At 14:09 not long enough. Afshin, I hate you… congratulations and have fun!

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years ago
Reply to  Dennis White

I know, crazy huh? Of course, it still is part Italian!
Thank you! Let’s go for a drive.

ALF22
ALF22
3 years ago
Reply to  Dennis White

Great story/car!

I think the point is not having Afshin moving to the dark side or not.
He remains on the MILANO side and I leave it up to you if this is the dark side or not.
As I’ve Sicilian roots it’s definitely the dark side. ;-)))

Jurgen Vogl
Jurgen Vogl
3 years ago

Afshin, how wonderful ! ! I hope you can bring this “jewel” to Ca. so you & Kiko can enjoy it! ! ! I’ve always thought your Alfas were awesome, but this really tops it . . . Congrates from your fan in N. Arizona. Always, ” drive tastefully “

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago
Reply to  Jurgen Vogl

Is there any serious talk of bringing this to Luftgekuhlt 6? That would be the perfect Los Angeles debut for this Speedster.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years ago
Reply to  Jurgen Vogl

Thank you, Jurgen! For the near future it’s going to stay in Italy, but I do want to bring it to CA at some point.

SteveEvans
SteveEvans
3 years ago

Congratulations! What a fantastic opportunity. I had the great pleasure of meeting you, Andrea, and Paolo when a director of the Arizona Concours. Give my best to them all and I hope to see your Porsche state-side.

Antonio Jorge
Antonio Jorge
3 years ago

What a great idea of Zagato and a fantastic execution

Paul Bilek
Paul Bilek
3 years ago

Congratulations! This car is something of true beauty. It’s simple design makes it absolutely breathtaking & timeless. If this video is any small fraction of what’s to come, I’m beyond happy to be a founding member. Well done!

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul Bilek

The simplicity of the car is remarkable. The side windows do not even have tracks and cranks. Years ago I was working in Seferian’s restoration shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and we restored a Speedster rather completely. The spareness of the car, even by the standards of the time, was remarkable.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul Bilek

Thank you, Paul! And thanks for your founding membership!
Cheers.

Jaime Baker
Jaime Baker
3 years ago

What a treat! To have the ability to re-create such a car is so impressive. Living in today’s world with new cars being what they are, I thought I’d completely lost out on the golden age of the automobile, maybe not!