The V8 Zagato
model Aston Martin
was a grand tourer
of the 1980s. Just 52 examples of the coupe
and 37 of the convertible
were built between 1986 and 1990. The coupe was first unveiled at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show
and orders were quickly taken despite only showing the drawing of the car. The decision to build the later convertible was controversial – all 52 coupes had already been purchased at the height of the supercar
speculation market, and the convertibles were to remain more desirable than their predecessors.
The V8 Zagato, as the name suggests, was based on the Aston Martin V8
, but with a body by the famed Zagato coachbuilder
. The design was an angular modern interpretation of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
of the 1960s. The squared-off grille was especially controversial.
The Zagato was powered by a 430 hp (321 kW) V8
engine with twin-choke Weber carburettor
. The all-alloy car could hit 300 km/h (186 mph). It was a luxurious car, with a price tag of US$156,600 at the time but with the high rarity and being released at the supercar price boom of 1987 to 1990, by the end of the decade, the car was changing hands for £450,000. The later convertible sold for $171,000.
In 1998 a famous comedian, Rowan Atkinson
, purchased the first right-hand drive car produced, chassis number 20013 and had it converted to Aston Martin Owners Club racing series C2 specification. Conversion was undertaken by Aston Martin Works Service and total rebuild... Read More