I know that the dust has begun to settle. Word has got around town and back. But, we are struggling to not delve into what has recently been announced about the collision between Aston Martin and Zagato, two new limited edition models. These models being the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster and Shooting Brake.
There will only be 28 Speedsters build, and unfortunately for you and I, they’ve all been sold, DAMB! I was really looking forward to a test drive. If you have not seen these cars already, there’s some photos below, they are truly incredible and there is no surprise that they have been snapped up before their manufacture.
What many people won’t know, is that the relationship between Aston and Zagato goes back nearly sixty years. The first creation they came up with was the DB4 GT, which is very much in the ‘sub zero’ zone for classic cars, a thing of beauty. It didn’t impress on the world stage in terms of speed, handling and all round driving, but what it lacked in performance it more than made up for in looks. Like its newer siblings, only 20 were made back in 1960.
Apparently, £500,000 isn’t quite enough to get you a supercar with a roof. Though the pictures of the machine very much flaunt it in all of its glory, surely the practicality of having this car with no roof can’t be great? Saying that, I’m sure many of the 28 owners won’t have to put up with the Great British weather.
The Speedster will be ironically slightly slower than the Coupe and Volant that were released in 2016. The two from last years can run from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds. The roofless rogue will be able to reach top speeds of around 197 mph, so not that much slower. Like the other Vanquish Zagato models, the Speedster has body panels made from carbonfibre, Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired tail-lights and repeated 3D Zagato ‘Z’ motifs in the front grille and rear vent meshes.
The Shooting Brake
Now this, is a car we really enjoy at Number1Plates. Its individuality is so eye-catching it’s hard to dislike this car. Its long extended rear matches the ‘double bubble’ roof surface. In the back of the car you won’t find extra seating, instead you’ll find a ‘luxuriously trimmed’ area, complete with tailored luggage, a nice touch after you £500,000+ investment.
Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, said of the Vanquish Zagato family: “We’ve simply taken things a few steps further. Why create a family of Zagatos? Well, many of our customers want different things. Some prefer the purity of a Coupe, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster. He then went on to say that keeping these cars as what you would consider rare is the key to there success in the future. Like the other models, bar the Speedster, 99 individual Shooting Brakes will be manufactured, it is not yet known how many are still available or if all have them have already been sold.