2003 Aston Martin DB7
Year of manufacture2003
Exterior brand colourother
Chassis No. SCFAE62343K800083
Engine No. 457
Serial No. 83/99
When Aston Martin meets Zagato, the result is often magic, and that was certainly true with the DB7 Zagato of 2003, a sleek coupe that echoed the famous DB4GTs created by the partnership in the early 1960s. Homologation problems meant that this model was not offered the American market, for which Zagato instead created a special roadster version, on a standard DB7 Volante chassis with 6.0-litre V-12 and a large grille, steeply raked windshield, especially muscular fenders, and raised headrest fairings behind the seats, recalling the 'double bubble' roofline of Zagato competition bodies. True to its name, the "American Roadster 1" really was a true roadster, in the classical sense, with no roof at all – only an emergency tonneau cover to protect the interior when parked. Aston Martin apparently had a rather sunny view of the American climate!
Only 99 examples of the DB AR1 were produced. This example was the 83rd, and was finished in Aston Martin Racing Green over Light Tan and Parchment interior, with green carpeting and door panel trim, a metal console painted in body color, and chrome mirrors. Original options were roadster wheels, an aluminum gearshift knob and switches, embroidered overmats, and colored brake calipers, all noted on the window sticker, which also confirms delivery with a six-speed manual transmission.
Formerly owned by noted collector Ross Myers of Pennsylvania, the car was acquired from him by Mr. Taylor in 2005. Still mounted with correct Pirelli P Zero tires, it has recorded 3,103 miles at the time of cataloging but, thanks to fastidious upkeep within its current home, remains in remarkably pristine condition, with only a little brake dust and no curb rash to the wheels, and clear, beautiful headlights. Even the engine compartment appears virtually brand-new in this car, which looks as though it could have 1/10th of its mileage. Accompanying the car are the 'goodies' originally supplied with this model, including a pair of umbrellas, one of them still bubble-wrapped; a fitted car cover in a numbered bag; white driving gloves; and a cockpit cover, as well as an owner's manual, copy of window sticker, and service invoices from Miller Motorcars.
An especially excellent example of its type, in ideal colors and condition, this DB AR1 is worthy of any Aston connoisseur's garage.