Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante
Recalling one of the most celebrated post-war Aston Martins, the DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin once again joined forces with the renowned Italian coachbuilder to create the V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé. Remarkably, the entire order book for the limited production run of just 50 examples was filled on the strength of the basic concept, design drawings and a scale model at Geneva in 1985!
The Zagato’s distinctive bodywork, rendered in lightweight aluminium, was a modern interpretation of the DB4GT. During the design process, Zagato trimmed the wheelbase of the contemporary V8 a little over 17 centimetres and deleted the rear seats, creating the first two-seat Aston Martin since the DB4GT. Underhood, the Tadek Marek-designed 5.3-litre, four-cam V-8 was uprated to 432 bhp, offering top speeds of some 300 km/h.
Given the success of the Zagato Coupé, a Zagato Volante convertible debuted at Geneva in 1987. Despite the lack of a fixed roof, the Volante body provided more torsional rigidity than the prior coupé. Other changes included a revised grille and covered headlamps for the majority of the Volantes produced. The V-8 engine of the Volante produced over 320 bhp with Bosch fuel injection, negating the controversial hood bulge of the Coupé, which was required to clear the Weber carburettors of that model. While not as brutal as the Zagato Coupé, the Volante generated very strong performance nonetheless.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
320 bhp, 5,340 cc light-alloy V-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts and Bosch electronic fuel injection, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, de Dion rear axle with Watt linkage, trailing arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.8"
Source: RM Auctions
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