“Something with bodywork beautiful enough to complement the scenery, a soundtrack majestic enough to fill a valley, and simple dynamics sumptuous enough to get the best from the road. I give you evo’s favourite British supercar: the Aston Martin V12 Zagato.” Henry Catchpole of evo magazine, describing a journey to the Highlands of Scotland in a V12 Zagato.
The fastest, most powerful and most recent ‘Aston Martin Zagato’ was unveiled at Villa d’Este in May 2011 as a 'natural successor' to the Zagato-styled Aston Martins of the past. It won the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Design Award.
Only a short while later, two racing versions appeared at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, finishing fifth and sixth in the SP8 class.
The V12 Zagato was developed using a combination of computer-aided modelling techniques and the traditional method of hand-sculpted clay maquettes to combine traditional styling cues from Aston Martin and Zagato into one cohesive shape.
Sharing its mechanical components with the range-topping and highly rated V12 Vantage, the new Zagato was clad in hand-crafted aluminium and carbonfibre coachwork, including features made famous on great Zagatos of the past: a ‘double-bubble’ roof, short overhangs and an oversized grille. Overall, it had highly distinctive, aggressive and attractive lines. A ‘true Zagato’.
The intention was that no more than 150 would be built. At a price in the United Kingdom of just under £400,000, it was an expensive car: double the regular V12 Vantage. Marque experts consider than fewer than 70 cars were actually delivered, with production ending midway in 2013. The original DB4 GT Zagato, of which 19 were built, another costly variation on a standard Aston, suffered a similar fate in period, with the last cars remaining unsold many months after production finished. We need not repeat what has happened to values of the 1960s original, the most valuable Aston Martin road car.
This motor car
This Aston Martin V12 Zagato was first delivered to its current owner on 17 October 2012. It is offered from this gentleman’s collection along with other significant models such as the One-77 and DB5. It is finished in vivid Ferrari Rosso Corsa with an interior from the ‘Zagato’ palette (Obsidian Black, Sahara Tan and Aurora Blue). The exterior colour was a special ‘to-sample’ option at a cost of £2,079.17. Other bespoke features in an extras list that totalled over £11,500 (excl. taxes) included:
Zagato 19” Wheel Design – Full gloss black £829.16
Ceramic Grey Exhaust Finishers £412.50
Black painted side strake £412.50
Brake Calipers - Yellow, Red, Grey £579.17
Headlining Inner - Alcantara £579.16
Personalised sill plaques £245.83
Bang & Olufsen Audio system £3,012.00
Garage door opener with auto-dim mirror £329.17
Leather ECU Pouch £47.00
Umbrella and holder £162.50
Indoor Car Cover £315.00
The discerning owner also specified lightweight seats, fascia, A-pillars and mirror caps in high-tech carbonfibre, with an Alcantara-covered steering wheel.
This one-owner, limited-edition Aston Martin has covered just 299km and is serviced up to date. The opportunity to buy an Aston Martin Zagato is rare. The British company’s last co-operation with the famous Italian styling house produced this 510bhp, 190mph supercar, of which fewer than 70 were sold, a manual-only Aston Martin tested and proven on the racetrack.
We can draw comparisons with the 1960s original, values of which are now in the stratosphere, and recommend this ultra low-mileage, ‘as-new’ 2012 Zagato to you as a future classic.