Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante

Zagato had created the first production two-seater since the DB4GT. The 5.3-litre four-cam V8 was, naturally, to Vantage specification, producing a mind-bending 432bhp at 6,200rpm. The manner of its installation though, created a certain amount of controversy at Newport Pagnell as the existing Zagato design featured a low sloping bonnet, penned in the expectation of a fuel-injected engine, but to produce a “Vantage specification” a revised bonnet design had to take place to clear the Vantage's quartet of Webers.

# 30042 is one of only six Zagato Vantage Volantes originally constructed by the factory with the Vantage engine specification. A letter on file from AML Ltd states: 'factory records show the modifications to engine and bodywork etc. were carried out prior to delivery to the first owner. The car was sold new on 1st August 1993 to the first registered keeper, Mr Michael A Johnson of Dundee.

Source: Hexagon Classics Press

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