Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster Zagato: Sanction Lost

Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster Zagato: Sanction Lost

This year we’re celebrating
our 100th anniversary. So we decided to retrace the creative journey
and history of design of this company. We discovered that in 100 years of Zagato,
our designs numbered over 440. Not all of these cars have survived to today.
We call them “the lost designs”. We decided to give some of these designs –
the most beautiful ones – a second life in a project we named “Sanction Lost”, aimed
at creating new versions of the lost designs. Normally one would expect
of an author, or writer or sculptor or painter to do an artist’s proof and then produce nine copies of that proof. With nine copies destined for collection,
we decided to restrict ourselves, in not producing more, even if the interested
clients numbered far greater, because we wanted to achieve
that effect of creating a work of art,
with nine numbered pieces. We had the images in our archive, which
are also preserved at the Porsche museum, of the first Porsche speedster. We also had the actual technical sketches
where you can see the original lines of the car. So we set off with the following
information as our starting point: the photos of the first car that was
ordered by a famous Porsche racer, who’s name was Claude Storez,
and from the sketches we had in our archive. From this data we obtained a set of points, that together provide this 3D surface. It can be viewed in a virtual reality environment,
painted, and seen as if it were a real car. And that was the start. When we saw how beautiful it was
we said to ourselves, well, we can’t afford to not make a car
that’s this important and this amazing because it marked the first collaboration
between Zagato and Porsche. Only the technology used to reconstruct
the original design was contemporary. From this mathematical model,
which we call the mathematical master model we milled out, using numerical control,
a hammer form. So the process is the traditional one: The beating for the aluminum body
is done over a hammer form, and then the process of assembly
is done exactly the same way in which these cars
were put together in the 50s. The detailing on the car is the same
detailing from 1958. Because the car is originally from 1958, the lights, the detailing, the handles,
the screws, and all the rest, had to be the same that were used
in this shop in 1958. So we reconstructed the actual
assembly process of 1958. Only the initial design was helped
along with new technology. Because of this
we had to look for some 365 As that still had there user manuals. It was a lengthy job, because they
weren’t easy to track down. They’re not cheap cars,
so along with the clients, we searched the market to see
if there were any available.

100 thoughts on “Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster Zagato: Sanction Lost”

  • I have rarely been happy, especially for someone I only know on the internet, but I am genuinely happy for you and the fact that you will share this experience with us. Thank you from a poor dreamer in Kansas

  • Dame Frances Yates Fan Club says:

    Photogrammetry + Autodesk Alias NURBS modeling. This is an amazing reconstruction. I

    I don't know what it is about Porsche but no other car has as much magic in it. Well maybe the Mercedes 540k..

  • So one has to also provide a sacrificial 356A…plus €350,000 plus/minus. Whoa, the dilemmas created by such first-world issues…

    Though I have to ask, why did the tailfins go M.I.A.? I mean, if the original Storez car had 'em, shouldn't this tribute also have them as well? I must surmise that this is purportedly the WHOLE POINT of this Sanction program of resurrecting long lost designs such as this, isn't it? Or is this just another example of reimagineering just like Rob Dickinson and Singer Automotive does to the poor 964, a 911 model that apparently Singer thinks is too ugly for its own good and needed a mulligan and some serious surgery to turn it into something that never actually existed before, from the Porsche factory or anywhere else. But hey, if guys like Alois Ruf and others are doing it with new Porsches, why not butcher tired old ones too? Right?

    Destroying a perfectly good classic 356 to make a reproduction (not 'restoration', as stated in the video) of a one-off car that barely lived before it was lost; well, it's the buyer's money and car to technically do with as they wish. But such a shame that there's so little respect for the original as it actually stands. Rebooting is apparently such a thing these days. Yet…to top it off, the end product is still not a true a Carrera-spec like the Storez car if they're building these off of a mere 356A chassis. Actual Carreras are rare birds, and each of those without such a faux face lift is worth considerably MORE as-is than the supposed €500,000 total build cost of this Zagato reproduction. So I kinda doubt than any ol' collector is going to be chopping up their real Carrera for the honor of having a one-in-nine (or is it ten?) tribute car. Not impossible, I suppose…but it would be a very DUMB one to go and do just that. Then again, money doesn't actually buy brains, does it?

    Now's a great time for one so afflicted as to 'must have' one of these Zags to find an almost too-far gone 356 barn find. No one would really miss that one, since it was, for the most part, 'lost' already. Maybe Tom Cotter over at Hagerty Channel could lend a hand. Or not.

    Again, these first-world problems…whaddaya gonna do, right?

  • Playtime Hulot says:

    The most important fact is missing: What are the results of the lost weight. A normal 356 A and the Zagato. How much more performance is the fruit of the work. This is a shame!! And where are the side wing panels on the trunk! …and is one of the nine copies a Coupe? I miss these facts….

  • Zagato are heroic designers adding just a touch more masculinity and above all originality to Italian car design.
    Old Zagato Aston Martins make me gush with emotion. Masterful as allays. I'd be happy with one of those Zagato T-shirts!

  • Gregory Dahlen says:

    I really love Petrolicious… great cars and perfect production. I also think the Italian/German marriage works, but wouldn't it have been great if the car had a 4 cam Carrera engine like the original? One sold recently with RM/Sotheby for about $250k US as I recall.

  • Hugh Hefner's Bastard Child says:

    Admittedly, I'm not usually the biggest fan of the way Zagato reworks cars. They kind of rate up there with ruining gorgeous vehicles much like Mansory tends to do with whatever they get their hands on. This thing is just all kinds of hot, sexy, stunning and gorgeous all rolled into one!!

  • Only a question. Maybe a stupid one. Where are the instruments and the motor from? Are these elements restored „old“ parts from the 50s or also rebuild old ones?

  • I got this car by accident in forza and it was insanely fast. I had no idea an old racecar could rip like that. 4 wheel drifted like a boss.

  • 8:55
    If you have the captions on in Italian, when you hear the car for the first time, it captions "[musica]".
    I absolutely love that

  • It is with dismay that I have witnessed automotive design of late getting ever more ornate; chrome inserts, fake intakes, fake vents (think the new Civic Type R), ridiculously intricate headlight and tail light shapes, fake exhaust pipes, 22" wheels… Where will it end? The new aesthetic is chaotic, clumsy, and disingenuous.

    However I watched this video and felt a surge of emotion. The sheer beauty of this speedster was mesmerising. There are no chrome inserts or aggressive intakes at the front. Rather, it has a sensual simplicity; almost like the curves of a woman's body. It has the the athletic haunches of a cheetah, and the hint of speed even when stationary.

    This is not a car that would appear in some famous rapper's next music video with semi naked girls twerking their asses at it. No, this car commands too much respect.

    I yearn for the day when automotive design adopts minimalism again.

  • Nagarajan Subramani says:

    I don't understand. Where did the donor car come from? Did someone give up their 356A so that this guy could get this?

  • Otto von Bismarck says:

    If you did not cry when the car was unveiled, you are a despicable human being. What a beautiful piece of art. Thanks Petroliciuos !! THANKS ZAGATO !

  • Mariano Lozano says:

    Speechless. Bravo. What a beautiful design. Handcrafted. Artisan work. Quality of film and photography matches Porsche & Zagato marriage! Congratulations to Petrolicious. Again. Otra! Otra!! Where can I get one?

  • You're a very lucky man Afshin, we get to live vicariously through you and your wonderfully produced videos. Thank you!

  • An excellent video of an amazing project to rebuild a very special and beautiful car. Well done Petrolicious, Zagato and of course Porsche.

  • Zagato is so special, it is like a living being . You just feel so much being near a Zagato of any kind. Object of beauty is what people say. so special, to drive

  • Oh to be an oil sheikh looking to make a statement about not giving a damn because it's all about stylin doing all those miles in

  • Can fantasy, dreams and reality coexist in a tangible form, I think this Porsche along with Anita Ekberg are the definite proof. Thank you again for another wonderful story.

  • Gregory Korvin says:

    Thank you again #petrolicious for this motivational #porsche vintage story and passion for #zagato ! Porsche – What Else!? Greetings from Marbella 😉

  • No subtitles? Are you guys so lazy that you're gonna let YT's garbage translator handle Italian?
    Fuck, I'm terribly disappointed. All this effort to produce a video, but you couldn't be bothered to add your own subs.
    Thumbs down for not living up to your reputation.
    EDIT: I didn't finish watching the video and I unsubbed. Petty? Sure, but I have an extremely low threshold for bullshit like this.

  • That music alone could make me cry without reasoning. Add to that the marvelous quality of Petrolicious images and we have a catartic experience.

  • Andreas Schmidt says:

    The front design reminds me of the 1960 356 Carrera Abarth GTL Coupe which was succesful with 1600 cc engine

  • Andrew Sunderman says:

    who else could listen to him talk for hours about cars??? i just started studying italian a few weeks ago and this is the kind of stuff i need to be watching to stay motivated lol

  • Darío Rodriguez says:

    Everything in this video es extra perfect!

    Just one thing to the drone pilot: I could almost be sure you were flying a mavic pro 1 with settings on -1 for sharpness. If you did so, just put it on +1 to get rid of those blobs of noise. Sadly I learned it the bad way.

  • George Chaffee says:

    The Carabinieri were very gracious for allowing the speedster to ply the roads sans license plates. (Just teasing. The car, the production, the passion were too much, so we put the top down on our Porsche and headed for the countryside.)

  • I absolutely love this art of a piece of art… your videos are my top one inspiration from now one! absolutely amazing!! I´m a Car photographer and videographer in south Brasil, I wish I could talk to the film crew to get some info about gear and technics used in those videos… such and beautifully made video, Congrats!!! let me know if I can get in touch with you guys…

  • A perfect video. The story telling, the car (!), the filming, and the total respect for the art of automobili. Wow. Thank you for this Petrolicious.

  • Joakim Henrikson says:

    If owned a car like this, I would sleep in the garage just so that I could see it as the last thing I saw falling asleep, and the first thing I saw waking up! 🙂

  • Christopher Ward says:

    So perfectly put together a testament to the fusion of Porsche design and Zagato technology and artisans. Sublime achievement on the level of art.

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