Aston Martin DB AR1 by by Carrozzeria Zagato

Aston Martin enjoyed significant growth as the new millennium approached, which was the direct result of the very successful DB7, produced from 1994 through 2003. To commemorate the end of DB7 production, Aston partnered with Zagato of Italy on a new project, recalling the famed DB4 GT of the 1960s, as well as the stunning Vantage and Volante Zagato of the late-1980s.

The DB AR1 Zagato Roadster was first shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2003, where it was an immediate sensation. The limited run of just 99 cars that followed was approved for production, with all units destined for sale in the United States only, resulting in the AR1, or “American Roadster,” designation. Hugely popular to this day, the car has become something of the Aston Martin equivalent of the Ferrari California Spyder, a fast two-passenger car intended for the market that loves them.

The overall appearance of the AR1 is quite breathtaking, with the all-aluminum coachwork highlighted by its sweeping lines and a pair of speedster-style fairings on the rear deck. Additional, unique features include a large radiator grille reminiscent of the DB4 GT Zagato, as well as the specially offset, multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and aggressive low-profile Yokohama performance tires, which necessitated a pair of enlarged rear wheel arches.

435 bhp, 6.0-liter V-12 engine with four overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, six-speed manual transmission with a twin-plate racing clutch, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

Part of the RM Auctions in Arizona in January, 2013

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper

Aston Martin DB AR1 by by Carrozzeria Zagato