The Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile Highlights Zagato’s Most Memorable Designs

On view in Turin, Italy, through March 15, the Zagato: Collectibles and Design Since 1919 exhibit at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile “Avv. Giovanni Agnelli” is tailor-made for aficionados of the Milanese carrozzeria Zagato—whose unique design vocabulary has left an indelible mark on the automotive landscape over nearly a century. Honoring the coachbuilder’s 95th anniversary, the exhibit showcases nine significant designs penned for a variety of European automotive marques, from the company’s first decade through last year.

Five of the company’s most seminal designs will be on display: the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Testafissa Zagato (1920s), the Lancia Aprilia Sport Zagato (1930s), the Maserati A6G 54 Zagato (1950s), the Lancia Flavia Super Sport Zagato (1960s), and the edgy Alfa Romeo S.Z. (1980s-90s). Design work from the 21st century is represented by four recent Zagato visions: the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale (2011), the Fiat 500 Coupé Zagato (2011), the BMW Zagato Coupé (2012), and the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato (2014).

Complementing the exhibition is a limited-edition publication by the Italian automotive-book publisher Giorgio Nada Editore. Zagato Milano 1919–2014 ($55) is a 208-page hardcover catalog raisonné, essential for serious students of the firm. It also features beautiful paintings in a decade-by-decade look at Zagato’s creations, along with exquisite contemporary photography and rare period images of automobiles that caused a sensation when they were new—just as they do today.