1987 Aston Martin V8

Vantage Zagato

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1987
  • Mileage 
    7 850 km / 4 878 mi
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    20044
  • Engine number 
    580/0044/X
  • Electric windows
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original Condition
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Gladiator Red
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Interior brand colour 
    Magnolia
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Aston Martin V8 Zagato model was a grand tourer of the 1980s.

Just fifty-two examples of the coupé and thirty-seven of the Volante’s (convertibles) were built between 1986 and 1990.

The coupé was first unveiled at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show, and orders were quickly taken, despite only showing the drawing of the car.

The decision to build the later Volante’s was controversial – all 52 coupés had already been purchased at the height of the supercar speculation market, and owners felt that producing additional cars would lower the value of the coupés. The Volante’s consistently fetch higher prices than their roofed colleagues.

As the name suggests, the V8 Zagato was based on the Aston Martin V8 but with a body by the famed coach-builder Zagato.

The design was an angular modern interpretation of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato of the 1960s.

The squared off grille was especially controversial. The Zagato was powered by a 430 bhp (321 kW; 436 PS) V8 engine with twin choke Weber carburettors.

The all alloy car could hit 300 km/h (186 mph).

It was a luxurious car with a price tag of USD $156,600 at the time, but with the high rarity, and being released at the supercar price boom of 1987 to 1990, and by the end of the decade, the car was changing hands for £450,000.

The later Volante sold for $171,000.

This very fine and very original examples is possibly one of the best examples with documented history from new and with only two previous owners and 7,850 kms from new. The car was sold originally to Helle Johansson in Monte Carlo though the French Aston Martin dealer in Monaco British Motors on 02 December 1987.

The car was then sold on to Wendels the Swedish Aston Martin Dealer and was kept as Mr Wendels own personal car.

In 2009 the car was consigned through Classicmobilia to be sold and was shipped to the UK where it was registered and sold to Mr Keith Piper the ex Aston Martin Owners Club Chairman.

The car has been used sparingly and very well looked after with a fully serviced.

This car is one of the best driving Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato's and never been messed around with, totally standard and totally unique as to the originality, having it full tools, keys and books, just so rare to find in this wonderful condition.