Zagato Milano first appeared in 2009 celebrating the 90th anniversary of the marque Zagato (1919-2009). Five years later, it's back in a 2014 revision (1919-2014) featuring additional photos and more stories.
Again, the book is very rich in unique archive photos which capture the whole history of the brand and lifestyle throughout the years. Each decade is accurately described from the early years when the brand skyrocketed as a well-known marque within motor racing and later on as an automotive style icon. Performance car manufacturers found their way to Zagato, starting with Alfa Romeo in the pre-war years. And also after WW2 the saga continued.
Photos are nice, ranging from study material such as prototypes to brochure photo's and old colour photo's. All of the different era's up to today’s snapshots. Also a nice feature is that all the important people who played a role in his life are mentioned with their respective background information. It is a pleasant read that is visually a nice way to spend some time flicking through the chronological story of a great designer and visionair.
It is a book that, after reading it for the first time, you will want to pick it up to read again and again. The book has a solid cover, pretty resistant to abuse. Pages are not that glossy, and to me, they seemed a bit under the standard one would expect for such a special book. Could have been a bit thicker which also would affect the printing quality of the photo's, I suspect.
Price is fair and just in the mid-range books. Is it a 'must have' if you already have bought the 2009 edition? In principle, you are buying the same book but with an additional 32 pages.
Let’s put it like this; it would make a nice birthday present and should be in the collection of every true Alfist and Ferrari and Maserati lover as a must have.