One of two aluminium-bodied Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagatos up for sale

This rare pre-production Aston Martin V12 Zagato is on the market

Aston Martin’s historic partnership with Milanese design house Zagato has been a consistent fixture of its heritage since 1961, when Zagato was first commissioned to design and hand-build a new, lightweight body for Aston’s competition DB4 GT. The partnership between the two companies is still a hallmark of the two brands, but when it comes to rarity, this specific V12 Vantage Zagato that’s up for sale is even more special.

As one of the two pre-production V12 Vantage Zagatos, this specific example differs from standard models with its hand-beaten aluminium body – a manufacturing technique that is both intensely time-consuming and technical, not to mention a direct reference to the construction method of that first DB4 GT Zagato of 1961. Full production models ditched the use of aluminium in favour of carbonfibre, which is both lighter and easier to manufacture than beaten aluminium at this production scale.

Initially built by Aston Martin as a show car, this right-hand-drive prototype has since been refurbished by the owner who bought the car directly from Aston Martin in 2016, with a re-trimmed interior and Aston Martin Racing Green paintwork replacing the original Titanium Grey.

This Zagato’s mechanical package is unchanged from the production car, featuring a 5.9-litre atmospheric V12 engine, six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, but the AM11 V12 unit in use is said to produce more than the 510bhp of factory specification models thanks to some fettling done during a mechanical restoration.

A total of 64 carbon-bodied cars were built, but if exclusivity is of the utmost importance, owning one of just two aluminium-bodied cars could make it the ultimate contemporary Zagato collector’s car.

Recommended

Aston Martin V12 Speedster gets DBR1-inspired makeover
Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1
Aston Martin

Aston Martin V12 Speedster gets DBR1-inspired makeover

The ultra-exclusive Aston Martin V12 Speedster can now be optioned with a historic cosmetic upgrade package
27 Apr 2021
Aston Martin DBR1: review, history and specs
Aston Martin DBR1 front
Aston Martin

Aston Martin DBR1: review, history and specs

Any DBR1 is special, but this is the actual car that won Le Mans in 1959. We tell the story of David Brown’s legendary sports racer and drive this uni…
31 Dec 2020
Aston Martin Rapide S v Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Rapide S v Aston Martin Lagonda main
Aston Martin

Aston Martin Rapide S v Aston Martin Lagonda

We compare Aston’s four-door saloon, the Rapide S, with its 1970s predecessor, the weird and rather wonderful Lagonda
6 Dec 2020
Driving the one-off Aston Martin DB7 GT prototype
Aston Martin

Driving the one-off Aston Martin DB7 GT prototype

This DB7 was the prototype for a race series that never happened. We head to Brands Hatch to get behind the wheel
2 Nov 2020

Most Popular

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?
Crop X5 M Competition
BMW X5 M

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?

In many ways critically flawed, but there is something oddly captivating about its unerring focus
7 May 2021
Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new UK cars after 2022
80mph motorway speed limit
News

Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new UK cars after 2022

The use of mandatory speed limiters and data loggers on all new cars has been approved by the European Parliament, and manufacturers are already makin…
28 Apr 2021
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera v Mercedes-AMG
Features

Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head

Which 600bhp wagon is the current super-estate king? It‘s time to find out as the Audi RS6 Avant takes on Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turi…
8 May 2021