Horacio himself can’t part ways with the Pagani Zonda image

The Italian exotic manufacturer has kept us up to date with what’s been going on with its Zonda model even after official production ended some years ago and the Huayara took center stage.

Pagani’s Zonda first appeared – and mesmerized everyone – back in 1999 during the Geneva Motor Show, and then lived a long and fruitful life until it was “retired” in 2013 with the arrival of the circuit-ready Revolution. But as the story goes, the Zonda wasn’t allowed to rest on its laurels or play in auto Valhalla because numerous customers demanded more – and the Italian high-end marque obliged via numerous bespoke designs. Now here’s another one – and you can clearly see there’s something special about it, after all the HP Barchetta does come with a chopped roof and partially covered wheels. It’s also not for a customer per se – because company founder Horacio Pagani himself decided to create the HP Barchetta – for his personal use.

Horacio himself can’t part ways with the Pagani Zonda 3

The major difference to a regular Zonda is of course the very small windscreen, followed by the partially covered rear wheels and interior tartan. But there are also things such as a six-speed manual gearbox, or the body-hugging seats adapted from the Huayra BC. Also from the latter are the Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires set on 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged wheels – while Pagani’s Uno-di-Uno division also added aerodynamic tweaks, including front canards, Cinque-like central scoop, and the massive rear wing. A neat touch is the different alloy wheel design for each side of the vehicle – linked by the huge blue brake calipers en tune with the body’s shade.