Zagato Pays Tribute to Stylish Le Mans Competitor—with 2 Tails!

Jackson Wheeler
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  • Carrozzeria Zagato and Polish supercar emporium La Squadra team up for a special production run that pays tribute to the Alpine A220 Le Mans racer of the late 1960s.
  • The Alpine A220 itself did not see racing success—quite the opposite, in fact—but it presented an interesting design just before Alpine turned its attention to rallying.
  • The pricey homage by Zagato, which will feature a removable tail, will see 19 cars produced as part of a limited series.

If you’ve ever wondered what an obscure Le Mans entrant from the 1960s could look like in the present day, with input from one of the best known Italian styling houses and built to a money-no-object standard, then the AGTZ Twin Tail has something for you.

But first, let’s back up a little.

The boutique French sports car maker Alpine certainly had racing success aspirations in the 1960s, in addition to sales success aspirations for its Alpine A110 coupe. The model combined a light curb weight with tiny Renault engines, the smallest being a 1.1-liter unit positioned out back.

Using the design of the A110 as a springboard, Alpine fielded the race-going A210 starting in 1966 with Renault engines, while a year later the A211 swapped them out for a V8. The A220 arrived in 1968, representing an evolution of this engineering direction with a mid-mounted 3.0-liter V8 good for 290 hp, with four cars taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year.

But only one actually made it across the finish line. In effect, its opportunity to prove itself had passed, taking Alpine’s Le Mans racing program along with it, as the company decided to focus on rallying instead.

However, the basic Alpine design appears to have had a much longer life than the company may have expected back in the day.

In 2017 Renault introduced a new rear midengine Alpine, styled closely after the classic A110, thus laying the ground work for another curious experiment in the present day.

Zagato has now teamed up with Poland’s supercar dealer La Squadra to bring the A220 into the 21st century via a limited run of 19 bespoke cars that will pay tribute to the original A220.

“We didn’t want to make a pure racing car because technology, aerodynamics, and power have changed a lot since the 1960s,” explains Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato. “Instead, we wanted to capture the inspiration and design innovation of the A220 shorttail and create an authentic Gran Turismo in the true Zagato tradition.”

“Someone please hire Zagato to build more than just 19 cars.”

As its name suggests, the AGTZ Twin Tail does indeed gain a twin tail as part of this effort, but Zagato is focused on bringing back the spirit behind the car without turning it into an all-out performance car for the track.

The intent is much more subtle.

“The gorgeous profile and stunning aerodynamic intent of the original A220 longtail lives on. Sitting beneath it, full of latent potential, is an ode to the muscular A220 shorttail,” Carrozzeria Zagato says.

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Zagato

The limited-run model will feature a removable tail.

The long tail, by the way, is made to be removable based on the choice of the owner, allowing one to use it around town in short tail configuration, or wear the longer tail when desired.

“Zagato was always a Grand Touring coach builder, producing cars capable of racing but which you could use every day on the road or grace a Concours d’Elegance lawn with,” Andrea Zagato said regarding this approach.

Zagato makes no mention of actual performance tweaks for the Alpine underneath, but the base 2024 Alpine A110, for reference, is powered by a 252-hp 1.8-liter paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch paddle setup.

Of course, this doesn’t quite answer the question of who, precisely, was asking for something this niche in 2024, destined to be recognized solely by Le Mans historians and a few others.

We suspect that prospective owners, besides having the 650,000 euros required for such a conversion, will also need to have a canned speech to explain to people what it is they’re seeing, and actually enjoy having that sort of conversation with strangers.

The unmodified Alpine, we should note, starts at 65,000 euros, so it’s just a tenth of that price—and is not available stateside because we are not allowed to have nice things anymore.

Zagato and La Squadra plan for 19 examples to be built, perhaps meeting all the potential demand, so it’s bound to be a modern day rarity you’ll see at concours events and Bonhams auction catalogs.

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Zagato

The rebodied Alpine will start at €650,000, Zagato says.

But La Squadra is optimistic about these kinds of low-volume bespoke suits that Zagato has specialized in for decades.

“We are just at the beginning of this renaissance. Electrification increases competition and it’s harder to differentiate products in terms of performance and driving stimuli,” said Jakub Pietrzak, founder of La Squadra.

“Design will take on greater significance, allowing artisan coach builders to step onto the stage and deliver unique projects which will separate intrepid brands from the rest of the pack.”

While we certainly agree that design will take on greater significance, these sorts of tributes and styling exercises are bound to remain conversation pieces aimed at millionaires, while automotive styling so far this decade has been a competition to mimic already-stale Tesla designs.

This is our way of saying, “Someone please hire Zagato to build more than just 19 cars.”

For now, we’ll settle for just having the stock Alpine A110 with its 65,000 euro price tag here.

Is 650,000 euros a logical price for this type of exclusivity, or would you rather have something else for that money? Let us know what you think.

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Jay Ramey grew up around very strange European cars, and instead of seeking out something reliable and comfortable for his own personal use he has been drawn to the more adventurous side of the dependability spectrum. Despite being followed around by French cars for the past decade, he has somehow been able to avoid Citroën ownership, judging them too commonplace, and is currently looking at cars from the former Czechoslovakia. Jay has been with Autoweek since 2013. 

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