Engineering and design firm Zagato has been known for its works on Italian car brands. Since the early 1920s, Zagato has designed a ton of rides for the Alfa Romeo, Maserati, and Lancia. It has also worked with brands like Shelby, Cadillac, and Aston Martin.
Zagato first collaborated with Aston Martin for the DB4 GT in 1960 that was penned, assembled, and produced in Milan. The Aston Martin DB4 GT made by Zagato was known as a light weight coupe which can speed up to 174 miles an hour. This car had a very limited run and only 19 units rolled out of their factory. The current value of this Aston-Zagato is at a whopping $6 million.
In the 1980s, Zagato came up with the V8 Vantage coupe and the V8 Volante spider which were produced in limited quantities. The 33 spiders and 50 coupes were sold in a matter of days and became an instant collector’s item.
In 2002, Zagato worked with the the DB7 V12 and the DB-AR1 the next year. These Aston Martin’s were designed thinking of the high end ride as all about performance and luxury, and not for the mass market. The run only produced 99 units to ensure exclusivity. The production of the vehicles however were finished in England.
Last year, Aston Martin rolled out the V12 by Zagato inspired by the V8 Vantage designed by the same company. The run was limited to just 150 just like for the other models earlier. This time, the cars were modeled in Italy but engineered and assembled by Aston Martin.
The collaboration between Zagato and Aston Martin has spanned half a century and were are pretty sure we will be seeing more creations stemming out of this partnership. Another thing is for sure, the tag price will always be sky high but we can expect that each Aston Martin to remain a valuable collectible.