Monday, 22 July 2013

Zagato Centennial Aston Martins

Words & photos: Daniel Bevis

You'll have to excuse the gushing hyperbole, but this may well be the most beautiful Zagato/Aston Martin collaboration since the DB4 GT. Showcased at AM's centenary bash in Kensington Gardens, the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial sat alongside its sister, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, coming as something of a surprise to many show-goers - they were there with little fanfare, and yet largely stole the show.

The DBS Coupé has been built for an as-yet unnamed Japanese entrepreneur, while the DB9 Spyder is destined for the collection of noted US Aston enthusiast Peter Read, who was closely involved in the creation of the DB7 Zagato of 2001. There's a clear influence from the 1980s Vantage Zagato about the nose, while the Coupé is arguably the prettier of the two, as it enjoys the trademark double-bubble roof along with a brilliantly odd silver wave around the glass lines.

Each of these cars is unique; a brace of one-off treats that represent the celebration of Aston Martin's century, the history the brand has with Zagato, and the keenness of the modern collector to commission rare and ultimately priceless creations.
Will these beautiful machines sit and gather dust in their respective collections, or will we see them out and about on the show scene? Time will tell...

Click here for more photos from Aston Martin's Kensington Gardens event

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