When you’ve already created one of the sexiest supercars on the planet and have an entire company at your disposal to build you a dream car, the end result will be something special, to say the least. Welcome to the life of Horacio Pagani. Mr. Pagani has developed a style of supercar that is arguably better looking than the car performs. And that’s with a naturally aspirated 7.3L V12 produced specifically for Pagani by Mercedes AMG. It churns out at least 760hp and is capable of propelling these gorgeous supercars well over 200mph. Needless to say, he and his talented crew know a thing or two about building incredibly beautiful machines that could double as an art sculpture as well as a race car.
One of Horacio’s biggest accomplishments was his beloved Zonda platform. We spoke recently about the Pagani Fantasma Evo that was essentially an original Zonda that was converted into a higher output 760 model. At the time, it was believed to be the last Zonda ever produced. However, it turns out that Horacio had another Zonda up his sleeve, and it was that one that would be the last hoorah. A genuine “finale” car. They call it the Zonda HP Barchetta and not only is this car flat out fascinating, it’s rumored to be built directly for Mr. Pagani himself.
If I had to get nit-picky, there is one thing, one small thing, that I don’t particularly care for regarding this new Zonda model, and that’s the funky looking wheel cover on the rear wheels. That little black or grey piece that covers the top of the wheel looks a bit out of place, although it may eventually start to grow on you once you see it a bit more.
The rest of the car is museum quality work of art. That blue is flat out intoxicating and the contrast of the silver accents make it pop even more. One of my favorite things about the overall aesthetics of this particular Barchetta model is the fact that on one side it has silver rims with a bright blue center lug nut and matching brake calipers. However, on the other side of the car, the rims are that same stunning shade of blue with matching calipers and a black center lug nut. You’d never notice it if you didn’t do a walk around, and interestingly finding pictures of the “blue side” proved to be a bit more difficult than expected.
The car was built as a tribute to Pagni’s own 60th birthday and is rumored to be one of three Zonda Barchetta’s produced. As I mentioned before, this particular example is said to be going directly into Pagani’s own personal collection. They used the company’s one-off customization department known as Uni-di-Uno. They are similar to the bespoke programs other manufacturers offer that specialize in building the one of a kind cars that normally have to be done by an aftermarket tuner.
Pagani decided to debut his new ride at the recent Pebble Beach event held this past weekend and to say it was a crowd favorite might actually be an understatement. No official pricing was released, but some rumors indicate this particular Barchette example would cost somewhere in the $15 million range. That is if it were for sale. Although there are supposedly two other models up for grabs, and if they really are the last Zonda’s ever made, they are going to be worth a fortune one day.