2004 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Zagato Roadster

Zagato and Aston Martin: a strong alliance that goes back to the 60s with the legendary DB4 GTZ, continued in the 80s with the Vantage and Volante, and is now stronger than ever with the DB7 Zagato and AR1.

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Zagato is presenting the Roadster version of the Aston Martin Vanquish. For the first time, this Milan workshop is not giving an entirely new look to the production model, but is offering an interesting variation of the Vanquish, introducing new elements of style.

While the Aston Martin DB7 Zagato and AR1 were initially presented to customers in the form of a limited edition, immediately sold out, the Vanquish Roadster is a concept proposed by Zagato with the backing of Aston Martin itself.

Close cooperation between Nori Harada, Zagato’s Automotive Chief Designer, and Peter Hutchinson, Design Manager at Aston Martin, has resulted in this new car introducing elements that are a sharp break with the Roadster segment. A totally unique design of the rear introductes a functional modular cover system.

A hard top for winter, developed to not appear as an add-on but as an integral part that also takes in the rear. On warmer days of the year, its place is taken by a transparent hardened glass and an easily used soft cover. Developed by Zagato’s engineers, this soft top is easily and simply mounted and, when not in use, is held in the luggage compartment without taking up much space.

The car has a round rear light cluster, a tapered tail to best feature the wheelbox, a completely new rear bumper and a new transparent cover. The hardened glass, with its curvy ‘double bubble’ form, uniquely emphasises the relationship between the solid and void. It covers the luggage compartment immediately behind the seats which can be seen through the glass.

Chassis No. SVFAC13391850PP19 shown in the states under show and display purposes. Not sold at Gooding & Co’s Arizona Auction with a high bid of $420,000 USD.

Auction Description

This highly unusual Vanquish Roadster is the only example ever created and truly one of the rarest of the Zagato/Aston collaborative efforts. It is believed that this roadster originated as a late pre-production Vanquish that was used extensively for factory testing. Following the car’s modification by Zagato, it was widely featured in numerous motoring publications and on the show circuit, including non-competitive exhibitions at the 2004 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance and the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Most of this car’s 13,000 miles can be attributed to factory testing and journalist drives.

At the request of a prominent marque collector in Massachusetts, a reputable New England Aston Martin dealer imported the car directly from Zagato in May 2007. Now registered to be EPA and DOT-certified for show and display in the US, this arresting Aston Martin has received a major servicing to all of its mechanical components by a factory-certified dealership, ensuring the highest level of performance and reliability. This one-of-a-kind Vanquish Roadster possesses all of the athletic driving characteristics that have made Aston Martin legendary. Not merely a fragile show car, this Vanquish is an eminently drivable expression of Zagato styling and Aston technology. Its availability represents a rare opportunity to own a piece of the historical legacy of these two great companies.
Story by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited & Zagato, edited by Supercars.net
Story by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited & Zagato, edited by Supercars.net

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeConcept / Prototype Car
released at2004 Geneva Motor Show
built atItaly
engineAluminum Alloy, V12
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
fuel feedElectronic Injection
displacement5935 cc / 362.2 in³
bore89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke79.5 mm / 3.13 in
power335.6 kw / 450.0 bhp @ 6500 rpm
specific output75.82 bhp per litre
torque555 nm / 409.3 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
body / frameAluminum & Carbon Fibre
front tires255/40ZR19
rear tires285/40ZR19
front brakesVented Brembro Discs w/Vacuum Assist, ABS
rear brakesVented Brembro Discs w/Vacuum Assist, ABS
front wheelsF 22.9 x 48.3 cm / 9.0 x 19.0 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 25.4 cm / 19.0 x 10.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Variable Power Assist
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
wheelbase2690 mm / 105.9 in
front track1572 mm / 61.9 in
rear track1584 mm / 62.4 in
length4685 mm / 184.4 in
width1923 mm / 75.7 in
height1265 mm / 49.8 in
transmission6-Speed Manual w/Paddle Shifting

Auction Sales History

2004 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Zagato Roadster

2004 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Zagato Roadster Prototipo – sold for $660,000 One-off Zagato Aston Built for the 2004 Geneva Salon. EPA/DOT Certified for Show or Display. Fully operational concept/prototype. Only 13,000 miles from new.
Auction Source: 2015 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams