If rare Italian Designed cars are for you, you can't do much better
than the Zagato Perana Z-One, a gorgeously oddball exotic that came
and went so fast that you're unlikely to meet anyone who has ever
even heard of it, much less seen one before. Only seven were ever
made-another four were built as the AC 378GT Zagato.
An Italian-South African mashup (you don't see those words together
too often), the Perana Z-One was a styling exercise by Zagato for
the 2009 Geneva Motor Show that. It turned into a very
limited-production car from South Africa. Engine option was up to
the buyer, most of whom chose some form of the Chevy small-block
LS3 aluminum V-8.This Perana has a custom-built 7.3-liter Chevy
engines, said to make north of 600 horsepower and hooked to a
six-speed manual transmission.
One of the few remaining survivors of the great bespoke Italian
coachbuilding industry the Zagato firm founded by Ugo Zagato in
1919 continues to operate as an independent design house and body
maker. If you've followed the company's more recent fascination
with "neoclassical" designs, you know that the Perana fits right
into the Zagato mold of long hood that leads to a low, set-back
cockpit with a double-bubble roof that tapers to a high, rounded
rump. The body is slashed through with grille screens and ducts and
exudes a ton of masculine visual verve befitting a buyer who
definitely does not want to move in stealth.
The name Perana was an ode to an obscure footnote of South African
racing history: starting in the late 1960s, Basil Green Motors, a
racing team and tuning house near Johannesburg.
Below are the features for this beautiful Perana Z One:
*Zagato Signature: Double Bubble Roof, Staggered 19" and 20"
*Power Windows, Brakes, and Steering
*Push Button Hatch and Fuel Entry
*Recaro Leather Sport Seats
*Double Din Radio (IPOD Ready, USB Ports, SD Card, Sat Nav,
*6 Speaker Sound System
*ZF Limited Slip Differential
*22.5 Gallon Fuel Tank
*Thompson Automotive LS7 (600HP) 7.3L
*6 Speed Manual Tremec Transmission