Δύο δημιουργίες της συνεργασίας Aston Martin – Zagato θα βγάλει στο σφυρί ο οίκος RM Sotheby’s στις 8 του Φλεβάρη στο Παρίσι. Πρόκειται μια V12 Zagato αλλά και για μια DB7 Zagato, με την πρώτη να είναι βαμμένη σε λευκό χρώμα και να είναι μια από τις 65 που κατασκευάστηκαν. Η Aston Martin V12 Zagato κατασκευάστηκε για τον εορτασμό των 50στων γενεθλίων του θρυλικού DB4GT Zagato, ζυγίζει 1.680 κιλά και διαθέτει αλουμινένιο σώμα κατασκευασμένο στο χέρι, με αλουμινένιο πλαίσιο και roll cage κατασκευασμένο από χάλυβα υψηλής αντοχής. Σχεδιαστικά αυτό που κλέβει την παράσταση είναι η οροφή με τα δίπλα “bubble”. Έχει μήκος 4.385 mm, πλάτος 1.865 mm, ύψος 1.250 mm και 2.600 mm μεταξόνιο.
Χρειάστηκαν περισσότερες από 2.000 ώρες για να κατασκευαστεί και κάτω από το καπό της φορά τον V12 6.0-λίτρων κινητήρα απόδοσης 517 ίππων με 570 Nm ροπής. Συνδυάζεται με ένα 6-τάχυτο μηχανικό κιβώτιο με τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα να τα κάνει σε 4,2 δευτερόλεπτα, με τελική ταχύτητα 305 χλμ/ώρα. Ο οίκος προσδοκά πως το αυτοκίνητο, με αριθμό πλαισίου 31235, θα πουληθεί για περίπου €625.000 – €675.000.
Από την άλλη, η DB7 Zagato του 2003, έχει αριθμό σασί 700001 και είναι η πρώτη από τις 99 που κατασκευάστηκαν. Φορά τον ατμοσφαιρικό V12 5,9-λίτρων κινητήρα απόδοσης 440 ίππων που συνδυάζεται με ένα 6άρι μηχανικό κιβώτιο ταχυτήτων. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 4,9 δευτερόλεπτα, έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 299 χλμ/ώρα. Είναι βαμμένη σε μαύρο χρώμα, έχει κόκκινο εσωτερικό και εξοπλίζεται με σύστημα πλοήγησης, αλουμινένια διακοσμητικά, με τον οίκο να πιστεύει πως θα αλλάξει χέρια για περίπου €350.000 με €400.000.
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2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato
510 bhp, 5,935 cc all-alloy quad overhead V-12 engine with direct injection, six-speed manual transmission, all-around independent double-wishbone suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm
Entirely one of a kind, with personal input from Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman
Unique, unrepeatable elements, including handcrafted badge and Zagato-etched key
One of 65 V-12 Zagatos built; part of a very rare special edition collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato
In 2011, Aston Martin and Zagato came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato, unveiling the V12 Zagato at that year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and winning the Design award for Concepts and Prototypes. Although the engine was mechanically the same as the V12 Vantage, extras such as the uprated suspension and rear wing helped propel the car to 5th and 6th in class at the 39th ADAC Nürburgring that same year.
Each car was to be individually designed for the owner, with design elements combining modern innovations and historic elements that reflected the 50-year relationship between Aston Martin and Zagato. Loosely based on the standard V12 Vantage, the V12 Zagato features a handcrafted aluminium body with the classic Zagato ‘double bubble’ roof. A grand total of 2,000 man hours went into every vehicle, an astounding five times as long as the regular V12 Vantage.
Chassis number 31235 is perhaps the most special of the V12 Zagatos produced, as it has several elements that Aston Martin created purely for the owner and are unrepeatable. Marek Reichman led the design team in crafting the requested scarab beetle badge, handmade from actual beetle wings – harkening back to the Aston Martin logo originally designed in the 1920s. This design is completely unique and has often been requested by other owners, but it will never again be repeated. As unique as its badges, the key is etched with the well-known Zagato ‘Z’ unlike any other Zagato. And by special request of the original and current owner, the car was titled “No. Zero” and a special engine plaque was made commemorating this title. This V12 Zagato features prominently in Aston Martin brochures and marketing material, including a featured page on the recently launched Art of Living website.
With only 65 vehicles produced, this collaboration remains today one of the most exclusive – and individual – Aston Martins available on the market. The V12 Zagato offered here by its first owner is, without a doubt, the prime example of this partnership and would be the crowning glory of any collection.
2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato
440 bhp, 5935 cc V-12 engine with four overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel wishbone with coil spring suspension and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel vented disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,531 mm
The very first of 99 examples produced
Single ownership delivered new to Aston Martin Geneva
Complete with numbered presentation book, numbered suede jacket, and umbrella
Born out of a chance meeting between Aston Martin Lagonda CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, and Andrea Zagato at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours, the DB7 Zagato revived the decades-old partnership between the two brands. With a production run of only 99 market vehicles, the DB7 Zagato is one of Aston Martin’s most exclusive models.
Based on a short-chassis version of the DB7 GT, the DB7 Zagato caused an instant uproar in the motoring world. It had been 40 years since David Brown had released the DB4 GT Zagato, and the press were clamouring for the first look at what Henrik Fisker, chief designer for Aston Martin, and Andrea Zagato, had created. The steel body shell, crafted in Italy at the Zagato factory, featured the classic ‘double-bubble’ Zagato roofline with a specially sculpted rear window. Behind the large front grille, Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated 5,900-cubic centimetre engine drove a six speed manual transmission – the DB7 GT engine now upgraded to produce an astonishing 440 brake horsepower. With top speeds of over 300 km/h and a record of 0–100 km/h in just five seconds, the DB7 Zagato blew its potential customers away.
The current owner of production number 001 first saw the initial sketches for what would become the DB7 Zagato in a Basel nightclub. He immediately agreed to purchase the very first car and signed a contract with Dr Bez that night on the only slip of paper available – a napkin. Dr Bez later had that napkin framed and hung in his office during the design process, and the contract remained valid as the other 98 vehicles were sold. Eventually chassis number 700001 was delivered to its owner, finished in Nero Black over Claret Red leather. Optional extras included brushed aluminium trim in place of the standard wood, upgraded satnav and stereo, and heated front windscreen. Since delivery in 2003, this DB7 Zagato has been carefully looked after and properly maintained at regular intervals.
Highly exclusive and desirable, this Aston Martin DB7 Zagato represents the opportunity to own a symbol of one of the greatest brand partnerships in the motoring world.