Aston Martin and Zagato: Back Together Again

If you add up all of the vehicles built as a result of the collaboration between Aston Martin and Italian design firm Zagato that’s occurred over the past 50 years, you’d come up with a list that is much smaller than the size of the reputation and value of the cars produced.

If you add up all of the vehicles built as a result of the collaboration between Aston Martin and Italian design firm Zagato that’s occurred over the past 50 years, you’d come up with a list that is much smaller than the size of the reputation and value of the cars produced.

It all began when Aston Martin wanted to have a lighter, higher-performance version of its DB4GT. So they turned to Zagato in 1960, and after a successful showing of the vehicle at the London Motor Show, they went into production of the DB4GT Zagato in ’61.

Just 19 were built. Of those, three were set up for racing. Drivers including Jim Clark piloted the vehicle.

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Aston Martin-Zagato veiled concept.

Twenty-five years later, in 1986, the two firms collaborated again and produced a limited number of the V8 Vantage Zagato (which had a 0 to 60 of 4.8 second and a top end of 186 mph) and V8 Zagato Volante.

Then, for the 2002 Paris Motor Show there was the DB7 Zagato. They built 100. Aston Martin kept number 100.

That car had such demand from the American well-heeled public that they created a topless version and built 100 of the DB-AR1 (American Roadster 1).

So, for the 50th anniversary, the two are getting together again.

Said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin design director, “Our designers are able to collaborate with a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals to seek new and exciting ideas due to Aston Martin’s independency.

“Working with Zagato again in 2011 is inspirational for the team—certainly DB4GT Zagato is one of my favorite-ever designs as it is with many of the designers in our studio. We can create a truly modern Aston Martin interpretation which stays true to the historical routes of the relationship with Zagato.”

Just what they’re coming up with will be revealed later this month at the Villa D’Este Concours. And they’re planning to race it at Nürburgring, tool