This is one of only two examples of the Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Coupé Sanction Lost that were built, these remarkable cars have a story that dates all the way back to 1957, however the “Sanction Lost” examples were only built by Zagato from 2015 – 2017.

Back in 1957 noted Porsche racing driver Claude Storez approached Italian coachbuilder Zagato and asked them to build him a new body for his 1957 Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster that would be both lighter and more aerodynamic.

Storez didn’t know it at the time, but tragically it would be the last car he would ever drive.

Fast Facts – The “Sanction Lost” Porsche 356 By Zagato

  • After the original Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Coupé was crashed in the final stage of a French rally in 1959 the car disappeared never to be seen again. It has remained an enduring automotive mystery.
  • Decades later the prominent American car collector Herb Wetanson approached Zagato and commissioned a Porsche-Zagato 356 Speedster identical to the car that had disappeared.
  • Zagato named the cars “Sanction Lost” and built a total of 18, 9 open-top Speedsters and 9 coupes. Just one of the Speedsters and two of the coupes were given Porsche Carrera engines.
  • Zagato recreated the cars by scanning surviving photographs and by using an original concept drawing found in their archives.

Claude Storez “A Prince Among Racers”

When Claude Storez first approached Zagato in 1957 they could never have known it was the beginning of the story that would continue for over 60 years, with the final example not reaching completion until 2017.

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Image DescriptionThe beautiful styling of the Carrera Zagato would have been lost to history if not for American car collector Herb Wetanson, who approached Zagato with the idea of bringing the model back for a very limited production run.

Claude Storez has been called a “Prince Among Racers” and there can be no doubt that he was one of France’s most promising racing drivers in the 1950s before his untimely death. Often driving smaller cars he would frequently outpace considerably more powerful cars and finish well ahead of them.

Storez piloted a number of different cars in some of the biggest European and North African races of the time including the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamp, the Tour de France Automobile, the Coupe du Salon, the 12 Hours of Hyères, the Grand Prix of Agadir in Morocco, the Grand Prix of Bougie in Algeria, the Grand Prix of Tunisia, and the 12 Hours of Reims.

In the mid-1950s Storez had been driving a Porsche 550 RS Spyder in which he’d seen some notable successes, including a class win at the 12 Hours of Reims. He would also drive a Porsche 356A Carrera alongside Robert “Bubu” Buchet, the two would win over a dozen first class events over a two year period including the 1956 Rallye des Routes du Nord and the Rallye d’Armagnac, with a popular class win in the Liège – Rome – Liège.

The First Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster Zagato

Storez had seen the successes achieved by Italian coachbuilders with cars like the Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Zagato and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SVZ, so in 1957 he bought a Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster and sent it to Milan for Zagato to work their magic on it.

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Image DescriptionThe twin red fins on the rear of the car were one of its most memorable features, they were added to aid with high-speed stability.

The team at Zagato created a new alloy body for the Porsche that was both beautiful and aerodynamic, not to mention lightweight. The low, streamlined body featured subtle rear fins and a low profile windscreen to reduce the frontal area.

In its first race it proved its speed, finished second at the Reims circuit stage of the Tour de France. A few months later in 1959 Storez was back at Reims and impressively he was starting at the front of the grid next to a considerably more powerful 3.0 liter Ferrari 250 GT.

Storez got a good start and took the lead, as the circuit swept uphill he was overtaken by the Ferrari but on the downhill section he was once again catching up, it was here that he suffered a crash at the Thillois hairpin that would destroy the car and severely injure him – he would die a few hours later in hospital.

This tragic accident and the loss of such a promising young French racing driver in a country that was still reeling from the 1955 Le Mans disaster resulted in newspaper headlines across the country. The car mysteriously vanished after the crash and it’s never been seen again, presumed to have been scrapped or otherwise disposed of.

The Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Coupé “Sanction Lost”

When American car collector Herb Wetanson approached Zagato in the 2010s with an idea to bring back the Porsche Zagato Speedster he would begin the process of writing a new chapter in the history of the long-lost car.

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Image DescriptionThe interior has just the bare essentials to keep weight down for racing, with a steering wheel, shifter, three pedals, and the essential gauges.

Ultimately Zagato would build 18 of the cars in total, nine Speedsters and nine coupes, all with alloy bodywork that was recreated using the careful examination of period photographs and an original concept drawing found in their archives.

Each car would be built using a Porsche 356 as their starting point just like the original, however only three of the cars would have the Porsche Carrera engine fitted – just like Storez.

The car you see here was built from a 1961 Porsche 356 B Coupe which was sent to Zagato in 2015. They removed the original bodyshell and replaced it with their own Zagato body, the build was finished in 2017 and delivered to its new owner.

The interior features red leather front seats, black leather “kinder” small rear seats, black carpeting, and a Bianco Gardenia dash panel. It comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, a copy of the build sheet, and a digital file containing magazine articles, photographs, and Zagato brochures.

The car is now due to cross the auction block with RM Sotheby’s on the 6th of November with a price guide of $550,000 – $600,000 USD. If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.

French Racing Driver Claude Storez

Image DescriptionThis is French racing driver Claude Storez, the man responsible for the original Carrera Zagato – a car that mysteriously disappeared almost 70 years ago after his accident.

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Images: Cymon Taylor ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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