(from Zagato Press
Release) Yoshiyuki Hayashi is a famous Japanese car
collector, who owns numerous cars of great historical value,
including several Ferraris such as the 166MM, the 250 Spider
California, two Daytonas – a coupé and a spider – and the Enzo.
In the classic tradition
of the keen purchaser of exclusive cars who stimulated the
creativeness of Italian coachbuilders in the 1950s and 1960s,
Yushiyuki Hayashi asked Zagato if it would be possible to create a
body for his 575M, in the style of the famous 250GTZ berlinetta.
When Zagato received
this request, it informed Ferrari of the project, which would be a
good opportunity to celebrate the model’s anniversary, and then
created a car that harked back to the 250 GTZ, built around the
Like its forebear, the
575 GTZ has an all-aluminium body, and, as a tribute to Ferrari and
to two-seater Italian sports cars, it has joined the exclusive group
of cars that are the fruit of the tradition of custom-built cars.
Like the 250 GTZ, it
sports two-tone paintwork with styling cues and volumes that
explicitly refer back to the 1950s, and sublimates the character of
the many cars built by Zagato to clothe original engineering, with
the pure style of traditional sports cars. For Zagato, the project
represented an opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
Ferrari 250 GTZ of 1956, one of the most outstanding GT cars, which
has already gone down in history.
The model, which was
also commissioned by a gentleman driver and collector, in the best
Zagato tradition, is a sublime synthesis of prestige and
performance, elegance and sportiness, to the point that it can boast
the highest value of any car in the luxury period sports car market.
The 250 GTZ has won numerous competitions and concours d’élégance,
and it represents a dream come true, because experts and fans
consider it one of the most beautiful cars in the world.
The new 575 GTZ has the
Ferrari prancing horse on its bonnet and the Z of Zagato on its
side, an expression of eternal Italian excellence in its form and
content. It is a winning combination, linking the most powerful,
famous engineering in the world with the most refined, fascinating
sporting style, both made strictly in Italy.
The concept of sporty
elegance, functional design that does not merely follow the trend of
the moment but strives for pure performance, and the ultra-light
aluminium body are Zagato’s strengths which become a universally
Just as in the 1956, the
250GTZ was showed at the most important concours d’elegance, 50
years later, the 575GTZ will be presented in a world premier at
Villa D’Este Concours D’Elegance, Cernobbio (Italy) April 22 th