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Coachwork by Zagato
Benny Caiola, New York, New York (acquired new in January 2004)Stephen G. Racciopo, Pittstown, New Jersey (acquired through Miller Motorcars in June 2005)Harry Brand, Lakeville, Minnesota (acquired in May 2014)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Few collaborations in the realm of coachbuilt sports cars loom as large as the partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato. This wonderfully preserved, low-mileage DB AR1 exemplifies the continued success of these firms’ enduring relationship, exhibiting elegant aesthetics, rarity, supercar performance, and minimal use by knowledgeable caretakers.
In 2002, Aston Martin and Zagato combined to build the DB7 Zagato, which was specified for Europe only and made in a limited quantity of 99 examples. Featuring a long hood, shortened rear tail, and muscular rear fender haunches, the new model was a striking success that unfortunately was unavailable to American motorists.
Catering to customer demand in the United States, Aston a year later introduced a companion model of sorts built on the DB7 Volante chassis, which featured a slightly longer wheelbase. The DB AR1 (American Roadster 1) was a pure open car with advanced mechanical features such as 19" alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, an AP twin-plate racing clutch, and an active sports exhaust system with rear muffler bypass valves. Within three weeks of the DB AR1’s introduction, all 99 examples had sold out, an immediate confirmation of the model’s success.
This outstanding American Roadster is the 51st of 99 cars, as demonstrated by a commemorative identification plaque on the rocker sills. Sold new through Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut, this Aston Martin was first purchased by the late sports car collector Benedetto “Benny” Caiola, a noted Ferrari enthusiast and real estate developer in New York City.
Benefiting from the care of only two additional owners, this DB AR1 was acquired by the consignor in 2015 and displayed 2,429 miles when catalogued. The beautiful roadster was recently treated to a full service and concours-quality detail by the esteemed Canepa Design that has resulted in a deep finish to the original Islay Blue paint. Likewise, the factory-trimmed diamond-stitched white leather upholstery continues to exhibit supple as-new quality.
Accompanied by owner’s manuals and a cover, this beautiful coachbuilt roadster offers typically visceral Aston Martin performance, with the six-litre V-12 launching the car to 60 mph from standstill in just 4.9 seconds, and a hair-raising top speed of 185 mph. The car has never been shown at events and driven only minimally, offering as-new condition in one of the marque’s most breathtaking modern limited-edition series. It is sure to be welcomed at Aston Martin club gatherings and regional concours d’elegance, where its unique Italian design, rarity, and elegant presentation will doubtlessly draw admiration.