Friday, January 8, 2010
Geneva Preview: Diatto resurrected by Zagato
Zagato decided to resurrect one of the one of the most historical but also forgotten brands of the Italian automotive industry: Diatto. Story has it that Diatto manufactured its first car in 1905 and it path often crossed paths with Zagato. Diatto cars were known for their innovative engineering and as early as the 1920s they were equipped with four-wheel brakes and four-speed gearboxes. Unfortunately, although you can check out Diatto’s history by opening this analytical PDF file, Zagato hasn’t released any specific details on the Geneva concept. Via: Autoblog.it & Zagato
PRESS RELEASE: DIATTO BY ZAGATO - OTTOVU PROJECT
The Geneva motor show goes on - the by now classic tradition of passionate clients of exclusive car manufacturers, which has always stimulated the creativity of the Italian vehicle body makers and enhanced international motor shows.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Diatto brand, two keen collectors turned to Zagato with the aspiration of resurrecting past collaboration. Way back in 1921, Ugo Zagato designed a lightweight and aerodynamic body for the Diatto 25 4DS chassis.
In 2007, the Milanese Atelier with its typically rationalist approach to a project, revamps, with a sporty note, the artistry of one of the most historical brands of the Italian automotive industry: Diatto. Created in 1835 with a Perfected Wheel patent, Diatto made their first car in 1905 and often crossed paths with Zagato in their close collaboration with Ettore Bugatti, the Maserati brothers and Tazio Nuvolari.