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Ugo Zagato

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Ugo Zagato (June 25 1890, Gavello - October 31, 1968) was an italian automobile designer, known for establishing and running the Zagato coachbuilder, famous for its lightweight designs.

He had five brothers and lost his father (1905), forcing him to emigrate to Germany and metalworks employment in Köln (1905). He returned to serve in the military (1909) and joined car coachbuilder Carrozzeria Varesina in Varese, while studying at the Santa Maria design school.

During World War I he moved to Torino and joined the Pomilio aircraft manufacturer, learning lightweight bodycrafting (1915-1919). He established Carrozzeria Ugo Zagato & Co., a workshop in Milano (1919), where he built close ties with Alfa Romeo.

His workshop was destroyed and rebuilt as La Zagato outside Milano after World war II, joined by his sons Elio Zagato (born 1921) in 1946, and Gianni Zagato (born 1929). His sons continued operations on Ugo Zagatos passing (1968).


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Italian automobile designers

Carlo Abarth | Giulio Alfieri | Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni | Giovanni Bertone | Nuccio Bertone | Flaminio Bertoni | Giotto Bizzarrini | Mario Boano | Aldo Brovarone | Giuseppe Busso | Jason Castriota | Donato Coco | Sergio Coggiola | Gioacchino Colombo | Valerio Colotti | Aldo Costa | Walter de'Silva | Medardo Fantuzzi | Battista Farina | Alfredo Ferrari | Leonardo Fioravanti | Pietro Frua | Marcello Gandini | Giacinto Ghia | Dante Giacosa | Giorgetto Giugiaro | Vittorio Jano | Aurelio Lampredi | Paolo Martin | Alberto Massimino | Giuseppe Merosi | Giovanni Michelotti | Enrico Nardi | Emanuele Nicosia | Sergio Pininfarina | Orazio Satta Puliga | Nicola Romeo | Bruno Sacco | Franco Scaglione | Luigi Segre | Ercole Spada | Ugo Zagato