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See the Incredible Zagato Mostro, Making Its Debut in Lake Como

This weekend at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este near Lake Como, the famous coachbuilder Zagato will show off its latest creation. The car is called the “Mostro powered by Maserati,” and it celebrates both the 100-year anniversary of Maserati and a famous racing car called the 450 S Coupe Zagato Monster. Zagato will make only five of them. See it and its predecessors here.

  1. Mostro Powered by Maserati
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    Mostro Powered by Maserati

    The partnership between Ugo Zagato, who founded the company in 1919, and the Maserati brothers originated in the 1930s with the Tipo 26M Sport. They began working together in order to make Maseratis sportier, more lightweight, and more aerodynamic. To that end, the proportions of the new Mostro echo those of the 450 S Coupé Zagato: They both have a large nose and engine, which are centrally positioned for optimal weight distribution. 

    Source: Zagato/Degler Studio via Bloomberg
  2. Like a Bullet
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    Like a Bullet

    The Mostro will debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este this weekend, and go on sale later this year. It is based on the 450 S Coupe Zagato Monster, the race car Maserati made in Milan in 1957 for Stirling Moss and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car comes with a carbon-fiber body covering a V8 Maserati engine, a six-speed transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Its coupe body sits on a sports-car chassis but looks much more elegant than your average racer: Fixed glass windows, a superwide windshield, and doors that open high and forward make it instantly unique. 

    Source: Zagato via Bloomberg
  3. Mostro Powered by Maserati
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    Mostro Powered by Maserati

    The Mostro is a new design from the coachbuilder that ended a “Neoclassical period” in 2010. That period had followed work stretching from the 1950s and ’60s when the company was collaborating with all of the major European brands: Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bristol, Ferrari, Fiat, Jaguar, Lancia, Maserati, and Porsche. 

    Source: Zagato via Bloomberg
  4. 1947 Maserati A6 1500 Panoramica
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    1947 Maserati A6 1500 Panoramica

    The Maserati A6 1500 was one of the first examples of a new airplane-inspired body conceived at Maserati, setting the precedent for many future designs. The car embodied new and revolutionary forms that were applied to nearly every component on its body, especially the aircraft-like cockpits and the innovative use of Plexiglas to enable maximum visibility. 

    Source: Zagato via Bloomberg
  5. 1954 Maserati A6G/54
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    1954 Maserati A6G/54

    Now considered one of the best examples of Italian Gran Turismo style, the A6G/54 competed successfully within its category. The A6G/54 raced during the same period of time and within the same category of racing as Elio Zagato, who was a leading promoter and influential figure of Gran Turismo. By 1957, only 60 examples of the A6G/54 had been built. Twenty were built by Zagato.

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  6. 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Spider
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    1955 Maserati A6G/54 Spider

    This car was famously spotted by Juan Perón, who was then president of Argentina and husband of the legendary Evita Perón. As a great motor enthusiast and admirer of the brand, the president agreed to purchase the car but was forced to cancel his purchase because of the Argentine political crisis. It was eventually bought by an American in 1958.

    Source: Zagato via Bloomberg
  7. 1959 Maserati 3500 GT
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    1959 Maserati 3500 GT

    Maserati debuted its 3500 GT at the Geneva Motor Show in 1959. It was a coupé more comfort-oriented, luxurious, and better finished than its predecessors.

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  8. 1984 Maserati Biturbo Spider
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    1984 Maserati Biturbo Spider

    In 1984, the collaboration with Maserati hit full speed and the design team made a Biturbo Spider. By 1989, the model evolved with a new version equipped with a more powerful, 2.8-liter engine. In the same period, the commercial push also launched in the American market, where it was sold with a 2.5-liter engine and catalytic converter. In total, production reached nearly 7,000 units.

    Source: Zagato via Bloomberg