May 2011 saw the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept make its world debut at the prestigious Villa d'Este concours. After an overwhelmingly positive response from customers, the decision was made in July 2011 to build a strictly limited run of V12 Zagatos. Built at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, with only 65 vehicles produced, this collaboration remains today one of the most exclusive – and individual – Aston Martins available on the market.
The V12 Zagato is constructed from a combination of hand crafted aluminium and carbon fibre. The bonnet, signature 'double-bubble' roof and doors are hand-crafted aluminium, while the front and rear fenders, door sills and boot lid surround are made from carbon fibre.
Powered by a front-mid mounted, all-alloy, 48-valve, 5,935 cc V12 engine that produces 510 bhp. Rear wheel drive. 0-100 km/h takes 4.2 seconds. Maximum speed is 305 km/h (190 mph). Four unique colours have been created for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato: Scintilla Silver, Alloro Green, Alba Blue and Diavolo Red. Priced at £330,000 (US $500,000) each. (netcarshow.com & astonmartin.com)
2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato "No. Zero"
Chassis number 31235 is perhaps the most special of the V12 Zagatos produced, as it has several elements that Aston Martin created purely for the owner and are unrepeatable. Marek Reichman led the design team in crafting the requested scarab beetle badge, handmade from actual beetle wings – harkening back to the Aston Martin logo originally designed in the 1920s. This design is completely unique and has often been requested by other owners, but it will never again be repeated. As unique as its badges, the key is etched with the well-known Zagato ‘Z’ unlike any other Zagato. And by special request of the original and current owner, the car was titled “No. Zero” and a special engine plaque was made commemorating this title. (rmsothebys.com)
(Photos from rmsothebys.com)
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