Lot 119

1960 Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Speedster Sanction Lost

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$472,500 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida

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Chassis No.
113666
Documents
US Title
  • An exacting re-creation of the Porsche-Zagato Speedster raced by Claude Storez in 1958 and 1959
  • The only 356 Carrera Zagato Sanction Lost Speedster produced
  • Finished in Bianco Gardenia, the color of the original car
  • Completed by Zagato in 2016 from a 1960 Porsche 356 B
  • Accompanied by spare wheel, copy of the build sheet, and a digital file containing magazine articles, photographs, and Zagato documents
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Throughout the mid-1950s, Zagato cultivated a reputation of modifying sports and grand touring cars for racing. Notable among these were the Fiat-Abarth 750 GT and Alfa Romeo Giulietta SVZ, which demonstrated Zagato’s ability to improve aerodynamics and reduce weight compared to factory-built bodywork—yielding cars that were both visually striking and highly effective in competition.

When approached in 1957 by Porsche racing driver, Claude Storez, Italian carrozzeria Zagato agreed to build a special aerodynamic body for his 1957 Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster. Leaving Zagato’s Milan workshops in the latter half of 1958, the body was finished in white, featuring a single-piece curved windshield with red longitudinal fins on the rear wings. Once the body was complete, Zagato shipped this car back to Stuttgart, where Porsche fine-tuned the mechanics and then delivered the car to Storez.

At one of his first appearances in the car, Storez was photographed on the track in his Porsche-Zagato, sporting #139 on the passenger door at the Reims stage of the Tour De France Automobile in September 1958. It is thought that Storez finished in 2nd place at that race, coming in behind Olivier Gendebien in his Ferrari 250 GT TdF. Storez had shown that Zagato-bodied cars were still extremely competitive. Sadly, tragedy struck when the driver entered his Porsche-Zagato into a French rally in February 1959, as Storez crashed and was killed in the rally. His Porsche-Zagato disappeared after the wreck was cleared from the track, and it has not been seen since.

Several years ago, prominent American collector Herb Wetanson approached Zagato and asked if they could re-create Claude Storez’s Porsche-Zagato 356 Speedster; Wetanson was well-acquainted with the coachbuilder’s craft, as Zagato had previously built a Sanction II Lancia Aprilia Sport for Olga, his wife. Zagato agreed, and the car was dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the creation of Porsche as a company.

In reference to the sad incident involving the original car, and the fact that it was never recovered following the wreck, the term “Sanction Lost” was coined by Zagato in reference to this new creation. It is a variation of the “Sanction II” designation often used to refer to exacting, painstakingly researched new builds of older vehicles completed by their original producers. Andrea Zagato confirmed that nine examples of the Speedster would be made, even if demand was higher. After a drawing from 1959 of a Porsche-Zagato Coupe was discovered, Zagato announced they would produce nine of these cars alongside the Speedster. The modern manufacturing process is highly advanced and impressive: Zagato scanned original photographs and drawings of Storez’s car, creating through photometric process a digital model from which a new body could be built.

All of 18 of these Zagato-bodied Porsches were constructed using genuine Porsche 356s, and one Speedster and two Coupe were built with Carrera engines. The car here is, notably, the sole Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Speedster Sanction Lost. It was built from a 1960 Porsche 356 B which, per the accompanying Kardex copy on file, left the Stuttgart factory on 21 October 1960. Following the start of the Porsche-Zagato Sanction Lost program, this car was sent to Zagato, where they removed the original Porsche shell and replaced with their coachbuilt Speedster body. The Carrera engine was supplied by the well-known specialist, Peter Iversen. Inside, the driver and passenger seats are upholstered in red leather and the floorpan is covered by a rubber mat.

Just like Storez’s car, the Speedster and one of the Coupes were finished in Bianco Gardenia with Red highlights on the archetypal Zagato tailfins, mirroring the original color scheme of the Storez Speedster. This unique Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Speedster Sanction Lost is accompanied by a spare wheel, copy of the build sheet, and a digital file containing magazine articles, photographs, and Zagato documents.