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In the 1950s and early 1960s, the Prancing Horse was still building its reputation and founder Enzo Ferrari was on the hunt for the Ferrari look. He experimented with a number of coachbuilders to create various interpretations of a chassis.
While doing so, clients were fortunate to sit down with one of these coachbuilders to create their masterpiece bringing in their own personality into the design. One such design was the Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Zagato ‘Tour de France’. Just five of these were produced.
Fast forward to the early 2000s and Maranello’s ‘mass production’, there were still a lot of clients looking to create an automobile that were an extension of their personalities. One of them was the Japanese car collector Yushiyuki Hayashi, who commissioned Zagato to design a modern interpretation of the previously mentioned Zagato car using the then-new 575 Maranello.
Zagato produced six examples, two of which were delivered to Hayashi, allegedly one for driving use and one to be admired in his garage, strictly as art on wheels. Like the TDFs bodied by Zagato, all six 575 GTZs carry unique body features that were specified by their first owners, leaving no two cars exactly alike.
Hot Wheels produced a fairly detailed replica in 1:18. The scale model is available in both a black and red finish.