"Such is the flexibility of the 5.9-litre engine that you can leave it in sixth and flow down the road tackling everything from slow corners to long straights, riding the effortless reserves of torque. Use the full range of gears, though, and the Zagato is as fast as you’d hope a small car with a big motor would be..." Henry Catchpole of evo magazine, describing his first impressions of the new V12 Zagato.
Although two racing versions appeared at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in late May 2011 – scooping fifth and sixth in class – awards for the most recent ‘Aston Martin Zagato’ came earlier that month at the more sybaritic surroundings of Lake Como, the backdrop to the annual Concorso D'Eleganza Villa d’Este. To great acclaim, the brand-new car won the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award, a title decided by public vote at Villa Erba.
The Aston Martin V12 Zagato, another muscular combination of Italian styling and proven British powertrain, was developed using a combination of computer-aided modelling techniques and the traditional method of hand-sculpted clay maquettes. It combined traditional styling cues from Aston Martin and Zagato into one cohesive shape.
It shared its mechanical components with the range-topping and highly rated V12 Vantage, and 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 eccentric, yet aggressive and attractive lines. A ‘true Zagato’.
Aston Martin intended production to be limited to no more than 150. At a price in the United Kingdom of just under £400,000 with taxes, it was an expensive car: double the regular V12 Vantage. Marque experts consider that fewer than 70 cars were actually delivered, with production ending halfway through 2013.
The original DB4 GT Zagato, of which only 19 were built, was another costly variation on a standard Aston and suffered a similar fate in period. The final cars remained unsold many months after production finished. Today, the DB4 GT Zagato is the most valuable Aston Martin road car – an example was sold for $14.3m at auction only last December.
This motor car
This Aston Martin V12 Zagato was invoiced on 30 November 2012 by Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Banbury, UK. The original invoice shows some £7500 in options including £1000 for bespoke commissioning by Aston Martin Works ‘Q’ department.
Finished in classic and subtle Alloro Green with green leather ‘Zagato’ interior, it has covered just 1444km and has a full service history, most recently at main agent Aston Martin Kronberg, Germany, on 17 December 2015.