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What's New in Autos -- May, 2006

Ferrari 575GT Zagato

Zagato recently unveiled their bespoke Ferrari 575GTZ at Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance in Italy. Zagato, based in nearby Milan, was commissioned by Japanese collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi to create a new body for his 575M in the style of the 250GTZ Berlinetta.

Despite the same underpinnings as the 575M the whole car has been remodelled, striking a balance between its Fifties forebear and more contemporary Ferraris. Marking the 50th anniversary of the 250GTZ, the 575GTZ uses similar two-tone paintwork over a more voluminous form, the flanks now wrapping under the rocker with enlarged rear haunches and slim side-vents, as on the 250GTZ, while the front also bears graphic resemblance to the 599 GTB and 612 Scaglietti.

The Ferrari 575GTZ will join Hayashi's extensive private collection, which includes a 250 Spider California, two Daytonas and a 166MM.

Faralli and Mazzanti Antas V8

Farralli and Mazzanti, an Italian classic car restoration company, has created their first touring car, the Antas V8. Exhibited the other side of the border from Villa d'Este at the Top Marques exhibition in Monaco, the Antas V8 is also the first car created entirely in-house by Farralli and Mazzanti.

Powered by a Maserati V8 with carburettors the Antas V8 is inspired both philosophically and materially by past "special series". To this end, it is entirely built by hand using aluminium, whose form is most distinctive at the rear where the screen is split by a prominent fin. The profile is characterised by voluptuous haunches.

Buyers of the Farralli and Mazzanti Antas V8 will also be presented with a case containing photographs and DVD documenting the car's manufacture.

Russo-Baltique Impression

One hundred years since its conception, the Russo-Baltique brand has been resurrected for a show car at Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance. Once the maker of cars for Russia's Royal Court, the country's Revolution suspended Russo-Baltique's activities after the First World War, only restored in 2003 when work on the new Impression began.

The car aims to demonstrate a high level of quality, using materials such as Zebrano, an African wood, to trim the interior. The four-seat cabin is accessed via two large reverse-opening doors that sit halfway along a 5.2m profile. While the exterior owes much to the Thirties, under the hood is a more contemporary bi-turbo V12 producing 555PS borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The Russo-Baltique Impression will cost around $1.8 million, and with production not exceeding three units each year, exclusivity is guaranteed. Construction will take place in Munich, Germany.

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