ZAGATO FOR ASTON MARTIN 100th AnniversaryMilan, July 2013.
Zagato Atelier pays tribute to Aston Martin's 100th Anniversary wîth the announcement of two very special projects: the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, delivered to a young and prestigious Japanese entrepreneur and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, conceived for the well known American car collector Peter ReadDBS COÚPÉ ZAGATO CENTENNIAL
The Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial is an exotic cross of Aston Martin DNA wîth Italian flair and Milanese inspiration, sporting a 'double bubble' roof design, reminiscent of Zagato cars from the 1950s.
Norihiko Harada, Zagato's Chief Designer explains; 'Redesigning the DBS was a difficult job. The DBS is already one of the most beautiful modern sports cars around. Our challenge was to bring sporty styling together wîth a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel, all wîth typical Zagato quality.'
A project supported by Ennio Capasa, Creative Director of CoSTÚME NATIONAL, whose creative influence is visible throughout the interior.
The beauty of this car is due to a amalgamation of sportiness and elegance. The smooth tail section gives it a great presence and the final result is unveiled today: a highly personalised and unique thoroughbred Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, brimming wîth soul and style in the great tradition of Aston Martin Zagato's.
DB9 SPYDER ZAGATO CENTENNIAL
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|Engine : 5.9 L., 12-cylinder|
Power: 510 hp
Torque: 457 ft-lbs
The history began in 2001 when Dr. Úlrich Bez approved a design for the DB7 Zagato, which was inspired and financed by the Zagato team, comprising of Andrea and Marella Zagato and Peter Read, a long time enthusiast and collector of Aston Martins.
Due to the success of the DB7 Zagato (all 99 units were sold at the Paris Motor Show prior to production) and wîth the approval and collaboration of Aston Martin, the same team designed, developed and produced a one-off DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial. This creation honours the heritage, power and elegance of Aston Martin's Centenary.
The team's vision is best expressed by Peter Read; 'The DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial perfectly merges Aston Martin and Zagato's DNA by combining the elegance of design, typical of Zagato, wîth the soul, power and prestige of Aston Martin, all developed over the last 100 years. This car personifies the timelessness of the Aston Martin/Zagato marque.'Source - Aston Martin
Sold for $693,000 at 2015 RM Sothebys
Five decades ago, Zagato and Aston Martin began a partnership with the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. This was followed by a number of spectacular models being produced between the two. In an effort to help celebrate Aston martin's 100th anniversary in 2013, Zagato decided to create their own interpretation on Aston Martin's current models.
Zagato began with a standard U.S.-specification 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Volante that was purchased new by its first and only owner. It was shipped to Zagato's facilities in Italy and fitted with custom, off-off coachwork. The styling drew inspiration from the 1970s and 1980s from the DBS, V8 Vantage and V8 Virage. It was given a snub nose, unique taillights, and a squared-off tail. The interior remained largely unchanged, with the exception of stainless steel trim and a green stripe, mimicking the exterior color, down the center of the front and rear seats.
The work to create the Centennial Spyder Concept took about a year. It made its debut alongside a similarly styled DBS Coupe at Aston Martin's Centenary festivities in Kensington Gardens in July 2013. The pair then traveled across the Atlantic to Pebble Beach, where they were shown on the concept lawn of the Pebble Beach Concurs d'Elegance. The Centennial Spyder Concept would remain in California with its sole owner where it has been driven sparingly over the past two years. It currently shows just 2,300 miles from new.
The engine is a 5935cc dual overhead cam aluminum V-12 unit offering 510 horsepower. It is mated to a six-speed Touchtronic automatic transmission with four-wheel carbon-ceramic disc brakes and ABS.By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015