Italy provided the style, and America provided the muscle.
A little over a year ago, Zagato announced that it would build 19 IsoRivolta GTZs in Milan, Italy. All 19 were scooped up almost as soon as the news hit, but only one returned home to America.
We say it returned because this coachbuilt homage to the Renzo Rivolta's products is built on the humble bones of a C7 Corvette Z06. A great car, but hardly something you'd typically associate with Zagato. It's known for designing glorious creations out of desirable exotica like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Ferrari 599.
Still, the supercharged V8 produces 660 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to kick both cars mentioned above in their uppity coachbuilt noses.
The sole car sold in the US will be put up for auction at a Mecum auction in January.
Why would you want to buy this thing? First off, it looks nothing like the car it's based on. Every panel is unique and made from carbon fiber. It's finished in Le Mans Red, while the interior is a massive step up compared to the C7's cheap interior. It boasts real Italian leather, contrast stitching, and genuine brushed aluminum.
This particular IsoRivolta GT Zagato only has 169 miles on the clock, and it comes with an impressive set of claimed performance figures. It can get to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 195 mph.
It would likely be faster if this car were based on the C8 Z06. Zagato chose not to use the C8 platform for two reasons; only the base model was available at the time, and its mid-engined layout was not compatible with the car's grand touring aspirations.
The second reason you might want to own it is the history attached to the car.
Zagato built it as an homage to the grand tourers created by IsoRivolta. Before WWII, the company manufactured motorcycles, and in the immediate aftermath, it produced small cheap cars. This was very much the trend in Europe at the time, and it gave us the Citroen 2CV and the original Mini.
When the swinging '60s arrived, Renzo Rivolta noticed that people were spending more on cars, specifically performance cars. Not having enough cash to build a car from scratch, he only did the styling and used the cheapest performance platform available, the Corvette. So, that's why Zagato used the humble roots of the C7.
It will be interesting to see how much this car sells for. It's certainly rare and comes with a great story, so the hammer will likely drop at more than a million bucks.