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Coachwork by Zagato
*Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.
Nicolas Zapata, Mexico (acquired new in 1988)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2007)
British Classic Car Meeting St. Moritz, Switzerland, 2007 (Class Award)Geneva Classics, Switzerland, 2008British Classic Car Meeting St. Moritz, Switzerland, 2011
At the 1985 Geneva motor show, Aston Martin revived its celebrated partnership with Italian coachbuilder Zagato with the announcement of a new collaboration. A year later, the carmaker unveiled the V8 Vantage Zagato, which featured a shortened V8 body and sporting coachwork, with details such as Perspex windows and a pronounced hood bulge. Shorter and lighter than the standard V8 Vantage, the car was designed to compete with the Ferrari 288 GTO and Porsche 959.
In July 1986, the prototype was tested outside of Paris and achieved over 185 mph, making it the fastest Aston Martin to date. Of the 89 V8 Vantage Zagatos built, just 52 were finished as coupes (including two prototypes). The model constitutes an important link among the two companies’ collaborations as well as a noteworthy expression of 1980s sports car styling.
Benefiting from minimal use by just two caretakers over 31 years, this Vantage Zagato is an extremely well-preserved example of Aston Martin’s coachbuilt supercar. According to the research of marque expert Tim Cottingham on AstonMartins. com, VIN 20060 is the second-to-last coupe built, and it is reportedly one of just three completed in 1988. Per its factory build sheet, the Vantage was finished in Swift Azure paint and trimmed with gray Connolly leather upholstery with black piping, gray-edged black Wilton carpets, and a black Alcantara headliner.
According to an original purchase invoice, the Aston Martin was sold in March 1988 to Nicolas Zapata of Mexico. The Vantage was then registered in Switzerland and driven rather sparingly, accruing only 20,300 km (12,606 miles) over the next 19 years. In April 2007, the Zagato was purchased from Mr. Zapata by the consignor, a marque enthusiast also based in Switzerland, and it has since continued to benefit from diligent upkeep and careful use. Among other activities, the coupe was displayed at the 2007 British Classic Car Meeting (BCCM) St. Moritz and the 2008 Geneva Classics show, and it participated in the 2011 BCCM St. Moritz tour through the Swiss Alps.
According to the consignor, the car remains in unrestored condition. The Aston Martin further benefits from excellent documentation, including a factory purchase invoice, build sheet, warranty sheet, production record, the consignor’s purchase contract, Swiss registration, and model literature (including road test reports, design renderings, factory brochures, and press releases). The odometer displayed less than 29,000 km at the time of cataloguing.
As one of 50 production coupes built, and one of only 20 built in left-hand drive, this Zagato-bodied Aston Martin is nearly as rare as the celebrated DB4 GT Zagato of the 1960s. Accompanied by an owner’s manual, Aston Martin Zagato handbook, tool roll, Zagato parts manual, and original Zagato cover, the Vantage would make a fabulous addition to any collection, and is particularly suited to marque enthusiasts or Zagato aficionados.