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Lot 162

1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato

  • Chassis no. SCFCV81Z8HTL20043
  • Engine no. V/580/0043/X

€400.000 - €500.000

To be auctioned on Saturday, May 27, 2017


  • Just over 4,000 kilometres from new
  • One of only 15 left-hand-drive examples
  • Optioned with desirable ZF five-speed gearbox


Brutal, macho, powerful; all describe the modern look of the V8 Vantage Zagato when it was introduced. Each a fitting description, as the V8 Vantage Zagato (like the one offered here) came standard with Aston Martin’s 432 horsepower V580X Vantage engine, making it without a doubt one of the fastest cars in the world.

Chassis 20043 features the classic Zagato ‘double bubble’ roof, over the shortened chassis, and with the striking hand-formed aluminium body designed to reduce weight. Menacing in its appearance, the squared off grille and bonnet power bulge can only hint at the massive torque waiting to be released by the five-speed manual transmission. Recorded test speeds nearing 300 km/h put it in competition with the Ferrari 288 GTO, but the luxurious leather seats and ample luggage space meant that it was far more comfortable than its contemporaries.

Originally delivered new to the Gulf for a Middle Eastern sheikh in Javelin Grey over grey leather, chassis 20043 was involved in an accident during the mid-1990s. It was subsequently returned to Aston Martin Lagonda with instructions to rebuild the vehicle with no expenses spared. This Vantage Zagato was afforded the luxury of incorporating all the model changes included with the later Volante Zagatos. Presented today in the classic colours of Black over Parchment leather, the coupé has been started routinely, with regular maintenance since its acquisition by the consignor in 1997.

Among the rarest of the rare, this V8 Vantage offers the chance to own a piece of that legendary partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato.





• Poco più di 4.000 chilometri percorsi da nuova
• Uno dei soli 15 esemplari prodotti con guida a sinistra
• Equipaggiato con l’ambito cambio ZF a cinque marce

Brutale, macho, potente; ognuno di questi aggettivi descrive la linea moderna della V8 Vantage Zagato quando è stata presentata. Ognuno, inoltre, era appropriato alla V8 Vantage Zagato (come quella offerta qui), fornita di serie con il motore tipo V580X Vantage di Aston Martin, con 432 cavalli di potenza massima, che la rende senza dubbio una delle auto più veloci del mondo.

Il telaio 20043 presenta la caratteristica “doppia gobba” di Zagato sul tetto, il telaio accorciato e la splendida carrozzeria in alluminio, lavorata a mano, pensata per ridurre il peso. Minacciosa nel suo aspetto, ha la calandra squadrata e la bombatura sul cofano pronte a suggerire la coppia massiccia disponibile ad essere rilasciata dalla trasmissione manuale a cinque marce. La velocità massima di quasi 300 km/h registrata durante le prove, l’ha messa in concorrenza con la Ferrari 288 GTO, ma i lussuosi sedili in pelle e l’ampio spazio per i bagagli, significavano che era di gran lunga più confortevole rispetto ai suoi concorrenti contemporanei.

Originariamente consegnato nuovo nel Golfo, per uno sceicco del Medio Oriente, verniciato in Javelin Grey su interni in pelle grigia, il telaio 20043 è stato coinvolto in un incidente nella metà degli anni 1990. In seguito è stato riportato presso la Aston Martin Lagonda accompagnato dalle istruzioni di ricostruire il veicolo senza nessun limite di spesa. A questa Vantage Zagato è stato quindi concesso il lusso di incorporare tutte le modifiche apportate al modello con la successiva Volante Zagato. Presentata oggi nei colori classici di nero con interni in pelle pergamena, la coupé è stata accesa con la dovuta frequenza, ed è stata sempre sottoposta ad una manutenzione regolare, fin dalla sua acquisizione, da parte del venditore, nel 1997.

Tra i modelli e le versioni più rare, questa V8 Vantage offre la possibilità di possedere un pezzo di quella storia leggendaria che è la collaborazione tra Aston Martin e Zagato.

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