31 October 2012

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Lot 140

1989 Aston Martin V-8 Zagato Volante

  • Chassis no. SCFCV81Z0KTL30038

£85,000 - £115,000

320 bhp, 5,340 cc DOHC light-alloy V-8 engine, Magnetti Marelli sequential electronic fuel injection, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, de Dion rear axle with Watt linkage, trailing arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.8 in.

• One of only 37 V-8 Zagato Volantes produced

• An exceedingly rare original LHD car; one of only 12 built

• European specification with just 9,500 km from new

Reprising the most celebrated of production Aston Martins, the DB4 GT Zagato, Aston Martin once again joined forces with the renowned Italian coachbuilder to create the V-8 Vantage Zagato. Remarkably, the entire order book for the limited production run of just 50 examples was filled based on the strength of the basic concept, design drawings, and a scale model at Geneva two years prior to its release!

The Zagato’s distinctive bodywork, rendered in lightweight aluminium, was a modern interpretation of the DB4 GT. During the design process, Zagato trimmed the overall length of the contemporary V-8 a little over 17 centimetres and deleted the rear seats, resulting in a 10% weight savings and creating the first two-seater production Aston Martin since the DB4 GT. Under the bonnet, the Tadek Marek-designed 5.3-litre, four-cam V-8 was uprated to 432 brake-horsepower, offering top speeds of some 300 km/h.

Given the success of the Zagato coupé, a Zagato Volante convertible débuted at Geneva in 1987. Despite the lack of a fixed roof, the Volante body provided more torsional rigidity than the coupé. Other changes included a revised grille and covered headlamps for the majority of the Volantes produced. The tamed V-8 engine of the Volante produced over 320 brake-horsepower, with Magnetti Marelli sequential electronic fuel injection first deployed on the Ferrari 288GTO, negating the awkward and controversial hood bulge of the coupé, which was required to clear the Weber carburettors of that model.

Just 37 V-8 Zagato Volantes were ultimately built between 1988 and 1989, including only 12 left-hand drive cars; of those, only four were originally equipped with an automatic gearbox. This very impressive, low mileage example is finished in Suffolk Red with a Tan power operated convertible hood and trimmed with Tan hides. Furthermore, it is uprated with the desirable Harvey Bailey suspension kit and sports exhaust. This is an extremely unique model built to European specification. It was first registered in Belgium in 1991 and was currently sold on a German registration. With a growing following as a rare, open, coachbuilt Aston Martin, it is offered in superb condition, fully prepared and serviced in the UK at a factory-authorized Aston Martin Heritage centre.

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