Nine Aston Martin with Italian design


Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, 1960

The DB4 GT Zagato was the car that started the sixty-year collaboration between Aston Martin and the Zagato body shop. It was built because of the thirst for victory: at the Tourist Trophy races at Goodwood, the “ordinary” DB4 GT could not beat the Ferrari 250 GT. The “British” was too heavy and underpowered. The Milan-based Zagato studio was famous for its success in building racing versions of sports cars.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato, 1985

The next Aston and Zagato collaboration had to wait for a quarter of a century. In 1984, the Ferrari 288 GTO and Porsche 959 were shown in Geneva. The management of Aston Martin wondered: why Italians and Germans can build powerful limited edition cars, and they can’t? It was impossible to do without the help of Zagato. The first sketch of the future car was made public already in March 1985. The simple image was enough to sell 52 coupes already by August of the same year. They asked $156,600 for the car (in terms of today’s money will turn out about $375,000).

Aston Martin DB7 Zagato, 2002

In 2002, the DB7 was already eight years old, and the DB9 was still two years away from being launched. It was necessary to support interest in the DB7 somehow. At the Geneva Motor Show the British announced that Aston Martin and Zagato would return to cooperation. The body of DB7 Zagato was created according to the tried and tested scheme “to expand and shorten”, but the 1850-kilogram coupe was not going to race with supercars.

Aston Martin Vanquish Roadster Zagato, 2004

In 2004, two years after the premiere of the DB7 Zagato, one of the rarest Anglo-Italian sports cars was created. Ian Callum, a former Aston Martin and Jaguar designer, and Norihiko Harada, who had a hand in most Zagato cars from 1996 to 2015, worked on it. Externally, the new car differed from the “usual” V12 Vanquish very little, not counting one important detail: this generation of the Vanquish did not have a roadster body.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato, 2012

Aston Martin and Zagato decided to celebrate the half-century of their joint work in a big way. They took the V12 Vantage GT3 racing car, cut its body and created two V12 Zagato Race coupes, which were affectionately nicknamed “Zig” and “Zag”. The pair of cars immediately won the “Most Beautiful Concept or Prototype” award at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance. From there, the cars with the 530-horsepower V12 went on a racing tour around the world: over the course of two years, the cars drove dozens of kilometers around the Nürburgring, Goodwood and the Sarta circuit.

Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial, 2013

Perhaps this is one of the most unusual cars in the history of Zagato. It all started with the Italians’ idea to make a present for the centenary of Aston Martin. For this purpose, they needed three cars: one DB9, one Virage and one DBS. Having agreed the project with the boss of the British brand, the Italians said: until Zagato will not present the concepts to the public, nobody from Aston Martin will see them. As a result, the project, called “The Centennial Trilogy”, was revealed in parts – a coupe and a roadster in 2013, and a hooting-break in 2014.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato, 2016

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato line broke the Centennial Trilogy record: it already included four cars! It all started in 2016 with the debut of the coupe (99 units produced), which was gradually joined by a convertible (99 units), a hooting break (99 units) and a speedster (28 units). All 325 cars were based on the Aston Martin Vanquish S and equipped with a 600 horsepower atmospheric V12. Each of the cars cost about 850 thousand dollars. Their spare parts are not cheap either: for example, the radiator grille will cost the owner 2.5 million rubles.

Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection, 2019

It looks like Zagato really liked producing cars “in sets,” and this one is the most expensive of all. The DBZ Centenary Collection edition commemorates Zagato’s 100th anniversary. It includes two cars: a modern DBS GT Zagato and a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation – a replica as close to the original as possible.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged, 2020

The most recent “set” was shown in April of this year. There are two reasons for its release: the 100th anniversary of Zagato and 60 years of joint collaboration. R-Reforged, the car division of AF Racing AG, Aston Martin’s partner in the Valkyrie project and DTM series, will take charge of the production.

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