RE: Aston Martin V12 Zagato | Showpiece of the Week

RE: Aston Martin V12 Zagato | Showpiece of the Week

Monday 2nd December

Aston Martin V12 Zagato | Showpiece of the Week

Aston's collaborations with Zagato have often been range icons; the V12 Vantage was no different...



Morecambe and Wise, Holmes and Watson, Bert and Ernie... Aston Martin and Zagato go together about as well as any two things you care to think of. The iconic British manufacturer and legendary Italian coachbuilder have, after all, partnered on more hits than Simon and Garfunkel over the decades; from the stunning DB4 GT of 1960, to the turn-of-the-millennium DB7, and the recent Vanquish foursome to the upcoming continuation couple.

While this PH dealer has a pretty impressive selection of those cars for sale, there was one in particular which caught our eye: the V12 Zagato. Arguably the most beautiful of the modern Zagatos, it's a model made all the more appealing by the existence of a bonafide race version.

Track-based success was, of course, the original reason for the collaboration; Zagato's lighter, more aerodynamic bodies intended to give Aston's DB4 GT a leg up on track. And while Zagatos have gone racing since, the V12 is the only factory-backed effort this century. Two cars, nicknamed Zig and Zag, were entered into both the VLN series and 24-hour races at the Nurburgring in 2011, with drivers including Aston's then-CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, and One-77 Chief Engineer, Chris Porritt. The near-production machines - modified only to include crucial aerodynamic and safety features - came home 2nd and 3rd in class in the VLN, and 5th and 6th in the N24, both very respectable results indeed.


The absence of the racer's gargantuan rear diffuser, exposed exhausts and enormous wing means the road car's styling doesn't quite hit the same high notes, rather its hand-formed aluminium body presents a timelessly elegant silhouette. It's a sensational design and, despite the beauty of Zagato Astons both before and since, the V12 continues to represent the most appealing balance between the two companies' ethoses - to these eyes, at any rate.

Of course, no discussion of any V12 Vantage would be complete without mention of its engine. With the same 5.9-litre unit first used in the previous DBS crammed beneath the bonnet of Aston's sweetest-driving model, its 517hp and 420lb ft were enough to see 62mph in just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 190mph. Throw a six-speed manual 'box, rear-wheel drive and re-tuned double-wishbone suspension into the mix, and the result was one of the most enthralling driving machines money could buy. Quite a lot of money, as it turned out, the V12 costing Β£330,000 plus tax when new.

And what of this specific example? Well, as one of just 18 right-hand drive cars - from a total of 61 worldwide - its combination of Diavolo Red paint and Obsidian Black interior makes it one of the prettiest as well as the rarest. As a fantastic driver's car, successful racing machine, sought after collector's item and promising investment opportunity, then, the V12 Zagato is quintessential Showpiece fodder.


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Leftfootwonder

Original Poster:

60 posts

6 months

Monday 2nd December
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Zagato creations of yesteryear really were something to celebrate....but these days they really have lost the plot. This looks awful.

DevonPaul

669 posts

85 months

Monday 2nd December
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"Homes and Watson"???

Presumably Barratt Homes, Sherlock's misspelt neighbour?


oilit

848 posts

126 months

Monday 2nd December
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DevonPaul said:
"Homes and Watson"???

Presumably Barratt Homes, Sherlock's misspelt neighbour?
LOL

Deranged Rover

229 posts

22 months

Monday 2nd December
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Well, it doesn't make me want to vomit, unlike pretty much every other Zagato bdisation of an Aston.

cayman-black

8,276 posts

164 months

Monday 2nd December
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Seems like they were a bargain when new then.

Its lovely IMO.

Leins

6,935 posts

96 months

Monday 2nd December
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Not ugly enough for me, I’ll have one if these instead please


Vee12V

851 posts

108 months

Monday 2nd December
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Apart from the badges these have nothing to do with Zagato. They're designed by AM in the UK.

Good looking car though, apart from that fixed wing.

The Prof

165 posts

222 months

Monday 2nd December
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Standard car is just so right, why bother messing with it - backward step imho


simon-tigjs

49 posts

45 months

Monday 2nd December
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Its an Aston Martin Jim... but with a stick on spoiler from Demon Tweeks..ie not as we know it.

hornbaek

3,159 posts

183 months

Tuesday 3rd December
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The Prof said:
Standard car is just so right, why bother messing with it - backward step imho
Exactly this. And then when considering the premium even at the time of launch on the normal V12 the base car looks super value even more by today’s standards.

richinlondon

130 posts

70 months

Tuesday 3rd December
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I'm not sure how much time they spent long and hard searching for that fugly seat material

oilit

848 posts

126 months

Tuesday 3rd December
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Leins said:
Not ugly enough for me, I’ll have one if these instead please

I have always quite liked the exterior of these = probably the door window treatment reminds me of the era of the subaru svx era

swanny71

1,855 posts

157 months

Tuesday 3rd December
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Can’t think of a more desirable modern car.
I’d still ditch the silly wing, re-trim the seats and paint the wheels silver though.

Edited by swanny71 on Tuesday 3rd December 08:29

jamesth32

17 posts

2 months

Tuesday 3rd December
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Ugly!!!

JohnG1

3,188 posts

153 months

Tuesday 3rd December
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swanny71 said:
Can’t think of a more desirable modern car.
I’d still ditch the silly wing, re-trim the seats and paint the wheels silver though.

Edited by swanny71 on Tuesday 3rd December 08:29
In which case, don't drive over about 90mph. That wing is functional, it was discovered during testing that the car did not generate enough downforce and would get "floaty" at speed...

swanny71

1,855 posts

157 months

Tuesday 3rd December
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JohnG1 said:
swanny71 said:
Can’t think of a more desirable modern car.
I’d still ditch the silly wing, re-trim the seats and paint the wheels silver though.

Edited by swanny71 on Tuesday 3rd December 08:29
In which case, don't drive over about 90mph. That wing is functional, it was discovered during testing that the car did not generate enough downforce and would get "floaty" at speed...
Fantasy car, in my dream garage, so even 190mph without the wing won’t be a problem.