Not only was this Zagato’s first Ferrari, it was Ferrari’s first coupe and Gioacchino Colombo, one of Ferrari’s consultants, collaborated with Zagato to reach the final design. Called the Panoramica, the coupe was a thoroughly modern design and had a very curious greenhouse, with Plexiglas windows that curved with the roof.
Zagato’s coupe was built on Ferrari’s 166 MM chassis which was an upgraded version of the 166 S which won the Mille Miglia in 1948. Zagato was very enthusiastic about adapting his own ideas to this successful chassis and his awkward coupe debuted at the Senigalla Circuit in 1949 at the hands of owner Antonio Stagnoli. He later won the Coppa Intereuropa in 1950 in it but retired at the Mille Miglia during the same year.
Zagato is the epitome of Italian car design. For Ferrari, Aston Martin or Alfa Zagato drew fantastic car models. Zagato (ZED Milano s.r.l.) is an Italian design and development office based in Rho in the outskirts of Milan. The company is one of the oldest existing body designers in Italy. In 1919, Carrozzeria Zagato was founded by Ugo Zagato. Currently, the company is run by Andrea Zagato and his wife Marella Rivolta-Zagato in the third generation.