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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Celebrates the 1st 100 Years of Zagato

The 2019 Pebble Beach Concours will Showcase the Innovative Style that Makes Zagato an Italian Icon

One hundred years ago, in 1919, Ugo Zagato founded the coachbuilding company that continues to this day in his name — Carrozzeria Zagato.

It also continues to be owned and operated by the Zagato family, and is thriving, making it unique among the many coachbuilders that began in the creative Classic Era between the 2 great world wars.

The fact that Zagato remains Zagato is very special,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “We want to honor that accomplishment, highlighting many of Zagato’s greatest creations for the collector car world to celebrate.”

The legacy of Zagato, its early technical creations, its iconic postwar designs and its ongoing presence will all be celebrated at the coming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Two very full classes of Zagatos will line the Concours competition field on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Andrea Zagato, the grandson of Ugo who now heads Zagato, will be on hand to greet them.

The cars themselves will range from the early lightweight and aerodynamic Zagato Spiders built on Alfa Romeo 6C and 8C chassis that brought success and fame on in great races of the day to postwar “double bubbles” and more recent creations.

The carrozzeria has worked with a several iconic marques, and bodies created for not only Alfa Romeo, but also Maserati, Fiat, Ferrari, AC, Bristol, Lancia, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini will all be showcased.

In an homage to 100 years of Carrozzeria Zagato coachwork, the 2019 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance poster highlights 3 of Zagato’s greatest works: the focus is on an 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 owned by David and Erin Eichenbaum, and an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 and an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato are also included. Tim Layzell, now rightly regarded as one of the world’s leading motoring artists, depicts these three cars driving away from the Bixby Canyon Bridge on the beautiful highway that is such a highlight of the Tour.

The Alfa Romeo TZ1 Zagato Coupé was developed in collaboration with Autodelta, Alfa Romeo’s competition department, led by ex-Ferrari engineer Carlo Chiti. The TZ1 featured Alfa’s 1.6-liter twin cam engine, as used in the 105 series Alfa Romeo GTA, which propelled the car to a top speed of around 150 mph. The Zagato rear bodywork has a cut-off Kamm tail designed by Dr. Wunibald Kamm and called “Coda Tronca,” meaningshort tail in Italian. The Alfa TZs were extremely successful, winning their class at Le Mans, Sebring, the Nürburgring, the Targa Florio, and the Coupe des Alpes. This car (chassis TZ 016) was owned initally by Lou Mellon in Los Angeles and was driven in Sports Car Club of America races throughout 1964. It has an almost unbroken competition history over the last 55 years.


Sunday, August 18, 2019
Dawn Patrol presented by Hagerty: Viewers are not allowed onto the field until 5:30 am
8:30 am Judging Commences
10:30 am Field officially opens to general admission spectators
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Awards are presented

Location: The Lodge at Pebble Beach

To purchase tickets go to www.theconcoursstore.com 

Want to relive the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? Watch the 2018 Livestream Presented by Motor Trend  

Car collectors worldwide dream of competing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links is the stage and the rolling Pacific Ocean serves as backdrop.

Begun in 1950, this concours is the top-ranking collector car competition in the world. It is also the event to which most other modern concours now trace their roots. Initially modeled on the early European concours that showcased new cars, the Pebble Beach Concours shifted its focus to collector cars in 1955, and other concours followed suit. It has also taken the lead by including racing greats and offering featured marques and special classes as early as 1953, introducing displays of dream cars and concepts in the 1980s, and instituting driving events and emphasizing the importance of preservation in the 1990s.

Guided by, and often driving the interests of enthusiasts the world over, this concours continues to set the bar for all others.

The concours d’elegance is not a contest of speed, but of elegance. Automobiles are judged for their style and technical merit, as well as their history, their originality and the accuracy of their preservation or restoration, and the best garner reward and recognition. 

The 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will featured the following marques and special classes among others:

  • Bentley Centennial
  • Zagato Centennial
  • Bugatti Race & Touring Cars
  • Historic Hot Rod “Cover Cars”
  • Thomas Flyers
  • Ballot
  • Lamborghini Miura 

In tandem with the competition between extraordinary historic automobiles, the Concours also serves as gracious host to some of the world’s most anticipated concept and new car debuts each year. View CONCEPT CARS here.

Enjoy the show!

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