This being Zagato’s centennial year – Ugo Zagato and his partner Aldo Finzi opened their workshop 100 years ago in Milan – it seems only fitting that nine of the cars on the docket for RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction this weekend on the shores of Lake Como have Zagato-designed coachwork.
But there are other items for auction that will make at least four of those cars even more desirable.
Not only does the docket include a 1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT “Double Bubble,” a 1966 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport 3C 2.8, a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTZ and a 1990 Ferrari 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione, original Zagato studio design blueprints from the Zagato Archives for those cars will be offered in separate lots.
The auction also includes similar blueprints for three Zagato-designed Alfa Romeos, even though examples of those vehicles aren’t among the cars on offer at the auction.
The high estimated values of the various Zagato-designed cars range from around $135,000 for the ’59 750 GT “Double Bubble” to $3.9 million for the 1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta, and the blueprints are expected to sell for $5,500 or less.
But seriously, if you bought, say, that “Double Bubble” 750 GT, would you hesitate to bid even into five figures for the blueprints to display with it in your garage?