At the 78th Geneva International Motor show 2008, Zagato Atelier takes great pleasure in introducing the Bentley GTZ, the latest in a long line of collaborations with the very best British car manufacturers over the Milanese Atelier ’s 89 years history.

2008 Bentley GTZ by Zagato
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Following on from the recent presentations of the Ferrari 575GTZ in 2006 and the Maserati GS Zagato at the Villa D’Este in 2007, the Bentley GTZ is a neo-classic Zagato interpretation of the style of a British GT.

2008 Bentley GTZ by Zagato
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The project was conceived during a discussion between Dr. Ing. Franz Josef Paefgen, CEO of Bentley Motors Limited and Dr. Andrea Zagato, President of Zagato at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in 2006. At a ‘Tribute to Zagato’ presentation, Zagato showed a selection of 50’ 60’s models, near by the recent berlinettas presented during the last 3 years. Dr. Paefgen was struck by the beauty of those cars and reminded of the historical significance of the art of the Carrozzeria (coachbuilders) which was both being maintained and carried forward by Zagato.

UPDATE 05/11/2010: Rare Bentley Continental GTZ by Zagato is back on the market with some pictures of the beautiful Italian stylings provided to the coupe. Check out the gallery for these additional photos!

Starting from the styling cues of the last neo classical coupes, which became milestones of Zagato design in the new millennium, the challenge was to apply the same design language to a completely different proportion of vehicle: the Bentley Continental GT Speed. Even with many technical restrictions and carry-over parts in order to maintain the basic functions of this extremely sophisticated vehicle, the Zagato design team managed to give a distinctive and attractive character to the Zagato coupe.

Pronounced fender lines, double-bubble roof, round tail with all new rear combination lamp are harmoniously integrated in to an imposing body adding a more aggressive and sharp feeling without losing the absolute solidity which is part of the great charm of the original coupe. The same time the hand painted pin-stripe coordinated with the interior colour adds a refined and exclusive elegance to the extrovert body lines helps to make the look of this car appropriate to be special limited-production model born between two great automotive cultures: Bentley and Zagato.

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  (346) posted on 10.8.2010

I just noticed a weird little rotary engine shape below the head lights.

  (159) posted on 09.29.2010

OMG Why doesn’t this company leave cars alone ! This looks terrible !!!

  (612) posted on 08.9.2010

This car is off the hook. I’d prefer an S600 Benz for the money though.

  (743) posted on 07.27.2010

It seems round, or like a modern interpretation of a 1950s style car.

  (5990) posted on 03.5.2008

this is Fantastic ! Another great Zagato job, or how to make something that was stunning but aging, back in the front of the scene... A little Batmobil..ish but superb !

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