https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC23NfN2JDc                                     Foto: Theo Mattaar

We are very privileged and honored by the fact that Ercole Spada, designer of the Alfa Romeo Giulia GT 1300 Junior Zagato, has become patron of our foundation 'Het Junior Zagato Archief'.

The Junior Zagato was presented at the Turin Motor Show in November 1969 and was very modern and revolutionary already at that time. Obviously the tail was remarkable, but what do you think of the headlights integrated in the front ...?! Very normal today, but extraordinary in those days. Even the plexiglass front with the unmistakable Alfa Romeo heart cut out like a sort of negative, how innovative it was! It is a beautiful example of functionality and simplicity and shows Ercole Spada's understanding of the world that is changing around us. This year, 2019, the car is already celebrating its 50th birthday and still is modern. Timeless...

 In 1960, the year in which Ercole Spada started working for Zagato, his first project was the Bristol 406 GTZ and immediately after he designed the beautiful Aston Martin DB4 Zagato.

 A long and impressive list of other drawings would follow and a summary of the ones he designed during his Zagato years you will find below.

E’ un onore per noi aver avuto il privilegio che Ercole Spada, designer dell’Alfa Romeo Giulia GT 1300 Junior Zagato, sia diventato il Patron della nostra Fondazione 'Het Junior Zagato Archief'.

 

La Junior Zagato fu presentata al Salone dell’Automobile di Torino nel Novembre del 1969; già a quei tempi  fu considerata una vettura estremamente moderna e rivoluzionaria. La parte posteriore era eccezionale, ma cosa ne dite dei fari integrali nella parte anteriore...?! Oggi una consuetudine, ma elementi straordinari a quei tempi. Perfino il frontale in plexiglass, con l’inconfondibile cuore Alfa Romeo, realizzato 'in negativo', era assolutamente innovativo! E’ un bell’esempio di semplicità, purezza e funzionalità, testimone dell’interpretazione di Ercole Spada di come cambia il mondo attorno a noi. Quest’anno, il 2019, la Junior Zagato festeggia il suo 50° anno di vita ed è ancora moderna. Bella opera senza tempo ….

 

Ercole Spada cominciò a lavorare per Zagato nel 1960; il suo primo progetto fu la Bristol 406 GTZ e, subito dopo, disegnò la bellissima Aston Martin DB4 Zagato .

Seguì una impressionante lista di altri progetti sviluppati da Ercole Spada in Zagato, eccone alcuni:

Bristol 406 GTZ
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato
Osca 1600 GTZ (1960)
Giulietta Coda Tronca (1961)
Tubolare Zagato (1963)
TZ2 (1965)
Lancia Appia Sport (1961)
BMC Mini-Cat (1961)
Hillman Zimp (1961)
Fiat 850 Zagato (1964)
Lancia Flavia Sport (1962)
Lancia Flavia Super Sport (1965)
Lancia Flaminia Zagato Super Sport (1964)
Alfa Romeo 2600 SZ
Lancia Fulvia Sport (1965)
Osca MV 1700 (1965)
Lamborghini 3500 GTZ (1965)
Bikini (1965)
Quattroruote Alfa Romeo 4R (1965)
Rover 2000 TCZ (1967)
Fiat 125 GTZ (1967)
Junior Zagato (1969)
Volvo 142 GTZ (1969) e la
Zanzara (1969)


Più informazioni su Ercole Spada, il maestro grande, creativo e molto gentile ed il designer più importante di Zagato puo leggere nell'interessante libro WAFT:

https://waft.be/product/spada/

e su Internet nei siti:

https://www.facebook.com/RuoteclassicheIT/videos/750452728411918/

https://ruoteclassiche.quattroruote.it/matita-doro-a-ercole-spada-e-alla-memoria-a-tom-tjaarda/

https://petrolicious.com/articles/ercole-spada-became-a-legend-at-23

https://www.classicdriver.com/en/article/classic-life/wonderful-world-ercole-spada

https://www.classicdriver.com/de/article/autos/kann-man-kreativitat-vererben-ein-gesprach-mit-dem-spada-clan

https://www.autoblog.nl/nieuws/de-tien-belangrijkste-ontwerpen-van-ercole-spada-74871

 

 

 

Foto: MotoriNoLimits/Andrea Guermani

Ercole Spada, the designer of 'our' Junior Zagato, has won the 'matita d'oro' (the golden pencil) 2017.
What a fantastic and deserved recognition of his work and talent. We still are grateful every day that he designed this revolutionary and beautiful car that still is modern nowadays.

Congratulations Mr. Spada and thank you very much!

 

Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
Atelier Zagato, Milaan
Atelier Zagato, Milaan
110th Anniversary ALFA ROMEO
110th Anniversary ALFA ROMEO
Het begin...de schetsen van Ercole Spada
Het begin...de schetsen van Ercole Spada
Bijna klaar...!
Bijna klaar...!
Centro Storico Alfa Romeo, Milaan
Centro Storico Alfa Romeo, Milaan
Junior Z 1600 (1972)
Junior Z 1600 (1972)

Just left in the picture one Junior Z in the beautiful private museum of COZZI Legnano, only to be visited after appointment.

SSAR Event 2017 Zandvoort
SSAR Event 2017 Zandvoort
Junior Z 1300 © Nancy Hendriks
Junior Z 1300 © Nancy Hendriks

 

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