Aston Martin and Zagato go a long way back as it was in the 1960s when the two joined forces for the first time to create the DB4 GTZ. Since then, a plethora of cars from Gaydon have received the Zagato treatment with the iconic “double-bubble” roof motif, including these two beauties.
First up, the 2012 V12 Zagato “No. Zero” powered by a 510-hp V12 5.9-liter engine was born to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the aforementioned DB4 GT Zagato. Based on the V12 Vantage, the limited-run edition was the result of investing a whopping 2,000 man hours into each aluminum-bodied car, which is actually five times more than the standard model. Only 65 units were ever made and this particular car, chassis number 31235, is a bit more special than the others as it came to life with input from Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.
A unique touch would have to be the scarab beetle badge handmade from real beetle wings as a nod to Aston Martin’s original logo created in the 1920s. The bespoke badge has been requested by other customers, but AM and Zagato are saying it will never be made again. In addition, the car bears the name “No. Zero” denoted by an engine plaque and comes with a fancy key etched with the “Z” logo.
RM Sotheby’s estimates the 2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato “No. Zero” will fetch anywhere between €625,000 and €675,000.
As far as the other car is concerned, it’s a one-owner 2003 DB7 Zagato chassis number 700001 and the first of 99 units to ever be produced. It started off as a short-chassis DB7 GT and then travelled to Italy at Zagato’s factory where it received the signature roof and a sculpted rear window. Lurking behind that massive grille is a naturally-aspirated 5.9-liter V12 pushing out 440 horsepower through a six-speed manual gearbox. The hardware grants a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in five seconds onto a top speed of more than 186 mph (300 kph).
Wearing a Nero Black exterior and a Claret Red leather interior, the DB7 Zagato was ordered with a plethora of goodies, including an upgraded sat-nav, heated windscreen, and a brushed aluminum trim instead of the standard wood finish.
The auction house estimates the 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato will go for anywhere between €350,000 and €400,000.
RM Sotheby’s will have the two cars up for grabs on February 8 at an auction in Paris where the very first Porsche 911 Cabriolet will also be offered for an estimated €850,000 to €1 million.
Source: RM Sotheby’s
Photos: Tim Scott / RM Sotheby’s
Gallery: 2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato No. Zero and 2003 DB7 Zagato
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.