The project was conceived during a discussion between Dr. Ing. Franz Josef Paefgen, CEO
of Bentley Motors Limited and Dr. Andrea Zagato, President of Zagato at the Pebble Beach
Concours D’Elegance in 2006.
At a ‘Tribute to Zagato’ presentation, Zagato showed a
selection of 50’ 60’s models, near by the recent berlinettas presented during the last 3
Dr. Paefgen was struck by the beauty of those cars and reminded of the historical
significance of the art of the Carrozzeria (coachbuilders) which was both being maintained
and carried forward by Zagato.
Starting from the styling cues of the last neo classical coupes, which became milestones of
Zagato design in the new millennium, the challenge was to apply the same design language
to a completely different proportion of vehicle: the Bentley Continental GT Speed.
The Zagato design team had to face many technical restrictions and carry-over parts in order to maintain the basic
functions of the extremely sophisticated vehicle.
Pronounced fender lines, double-bubble roof, round tail with all new rear combination lamp
are integrated in to an imposing body adding a more aggressive and sharp
feeling without losing the absolute solidity which is part of the charm of the original
The same time the hand painted pin-stripe coordinated with the interior colour adds
a refined and exclusive elegance to the extrovert body lines helps to make the look of this
car appropriate to be special limited-production model.
- Coventry Prototype Panels (Coventry, England) – The company is specialized in the forming of automotive panels from aluminium, magnesium and steel sheet.
- Delvis GmbH (Haimhausen, Germany) – development of a rear light and the production of a prototype. Focus in the development was on design.
- PPG (Milan, Italy): The Bentley GTZ has been painted by PPG industries, a
global supplier of coatings, glass and chemicals.