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While only a handful of models over the course of Aston Martin’s century-old history have been fortunate enough to be dressed by Zagato, it’s clear that these models are amongst the most valuable Aston Martins in existence. Starting with the breath-taking DB4GT Zagato of the 1960's, the collaboration between the two firms remained dormant for over two dozen years before the next Zagato-bodied Aston Martin, the V8 Vantage, was introduced at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show. Fast forward nearly another two decades, and that was followed by the DB7 Zagato. Luckily, enthusiasts would not have nearly as long to wait for the next Zagato-bodied Aston Martins, with the V12 Vantage Zagato and finally, the modern Vanquish Zagato.
Aston Martin’s most recent collaboration with Zagato was first seen at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2016. Built on the Vanquish platform, this two-door Coupe boasted a variety of typically Zagato design cues, yet was instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin, albeit one with a bit more Italian flair! Shortly following the Coupe, several other body styles were introduced, including a Volante, Roadster and arguably the most compelling, a Shooting Brake.
The stunning coachwork was made completely of carbon fibre using larger panels and fewer split lines than usual, helping to create a truly handcrafted appearance and a seamless design, almost as if it was sculpted from a single piece of metal. Underneath its coachwork, Aston Martin’s 6.0-litre V-12 produces 580bhp and 630 Nm of torque, which helps the car sprint to 100 kph from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds. Further mechanical changes include a slightly more open exhaust, creating for a more sonorous exhaust note, and a slightly stiffer suspension.
As one would expect for a coachbuilt motor car, each Vanquish Zagato was fully customisable, leaving their lucky owners to tailor their new cars to their specific tastes. It would be difficult to find two examples with identical specifications, making each car just as special as the last and that was certainly the case here. This striking car is finished in special-order Topaz Chrome 2 which really suits the car's elegant lines and complements the stunning Sahara Tan interior. The long list of this car's standard features runs to two pages, however, a close inspection of the invoice from Park Place Aston Martin reveals that the options list was ticked to the tune of a further $173,961. This includes the Villa d'Este package (the badges, wheel spokes, and side strakes are picked out in gold – which is then brought through to the dashboard on vents and elements of switchgear) - $30,630, carbon fibre roof panel - $10,700, Burl Ash dashboard veneers and fascia trim - $29,061, and duo-tone machined aluminium-£45,495 and much more. In addition, the car has been equipped with a set of Bridge of Weir leather fitted luggage in Sahara Tan. There are only 99 of these cars and this is the only one that looks like this.
Truly stunning to behold and arguably one of the most compelling Aston Martins ever built, the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is a fabulous motor car in all regards and this unique, virtually as-new example, would be an exciting addition to any collection of modern supercars.