“STRAIGHT FROM A LONG LOST SKETCH IN THE ZAGATO ARCHIVES…”

Classic Porsche - - News - Keith Seume Ed­i­tor, Clas­sic Porsche clas­sic­porsche@ch­pltd.com

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…

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