“STRAIGHT FROM A LONG LOST SKETCH IN THE ZAGATO ARCHIVES…”
When I first heard about the new Zagato-bodied Porsche 356 ‘Sanction II’, I was unsure what to expect. I feared a modern rehash of an old design, using modern mechanics and plush interior trim. How wrong can you be? Instead, the Zagato is a genuine ‘continuation’ model, using a real 356 as a base, drivetrain, brakes and all, clothed in a coupé body the design of which was taken straight from a long lost sketch discovered in the Zagato archives. Exciting stuff, as I’m sure you’ll agree.
Of course, just as is the case with the ‘continuation’ Shelby Cobras and Jaguar XKSSS, there will be the question of whether they are true classics or modern pastiches, but in the case of the Porsche, the fact that a period-correct engine and chassis structure are being used makes it a classic in my eyes. I’d be interested to hear what readers think.
We were fortunate that Classic Porsche contributor Axel E Catton was given exclusive behind the scenes access to the project and got to sit down with Andrea Zagato himself to learn all about it. Now what I long for is the news that Porsche itself will get in on the game, and produce a ‘continuation’ 904 or maybe a 550 Spyder. Quite what that would do to the value of the originals, of course, is another matter…