Born in Milan on April 26, 1960, Andrea Zagato is the third generation of his family to lead the Zagato marque since its founding in 1919. He graduated from the Bocconi University of Milan with a degree in Economics and Commerce, specialising in corporate finance with a thesis on ‘Design in the production and marketing of automobiles’.
He immediately began his professional career with a training period in the family business, focussing on the small-scale serial production of cars as well as design and engineering.
He honed his understanding of Zagato by working in a variety of departments, beginning with communication, then finance and contract management. After his negotiation with Fiat Auto over the new agreement for the Alfa Romeo S.Z and R.Z, he became Chairman of Z Progetti, a small CAD modelling firm set up together with two engineers. The first project under his full responsibility was the Lancia Hyena, a limited-series Zagato model. Less than two dozen units were made, therefore the Hyena is a rare collector car today.
The early ‘90s was a period of rapid growth for the modern Zagato brand and it was in that period that Andrea had the fundamental encounter with Marella Rivolta, the granddaughter of Renzo Rivolta, founder of ISO Rivolta of Bresso. Marella became not only his partner in business but in life, too.
Under their guidance, the company decided to abandon the business of assembling fuoriserie cars during the ‘70s and ’80s and convert itself into a modern Total Design Studio and Coach-building Atelier of the 3rd Millennium.
Zagato, the only independent family-run business left among Italian coachbuilders, expresses Milanese excellence through the shaping of lightweight and aerodynamic bodies for limited-production collectible cars. As a Total Design Studio, Zagato specializes in transportation and product design.
Today the company continues developing upon its legacy of innovative design and advanced engineering by applying the same philosophies of functionalism and rationalism as founder Ugo Zagato had done nearly a century ago. Its portfolio of internationally renowned projects includes Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Porsche, to name but a few.