1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato
The only example ever developed and prepared by the Aston Martin Works for competition purposes, now prepared for fast road use. Chassis 20013, the first ‘production’ V8 Vantage Zagato Coupe, was delivered to its first owner, C.H.Taylor and Co of Aston Birmingham, in July 1986, finished in Gladiator Red with Fawn trim.
Sold to the second owner, Ambassador Textiles Ltd, in June 1989, the Zagato remained in standard configuration until 1998 when, this car, 1 of just 50 production examples, with just 7,500 miles covered, was acquired by internationally celebrated comedy actor Rowan Atkinson, for the purpose of a full rebuild and development project, to prepare it for competitive events.
After approaching Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell, a highly detailed project proposal was presented and terms agreed, between the Mr Atkinson and the Aston Martin Works, to dismantle and rebuild this car to a defined competition specification. Developed to AMOC C2 Class ‘Mildly Modified’ category, a set of regulations which allowed for limited but highly effective modifications, based on the car remaining close to production car specifications. Campaigned for 2 racing seasons between 1999 and 2000, by Rowan Atkinson, with full event support provided by Aston Martin Works, the car was raced in UK based events organised by the British Racing Drivers’ Club and by the AMOC. Racing and competing against more heavily modified sports racing cars, this Works re- engineered Zagato, enjoyed several pole positions in class and a number of excellent results in the hands of its owner.
Retired from competition by the end of 2001 and driven occasionally on the road thereafter, 20011 was subsequently sold in 2008 and professionally stored prior to changing hands in 2016. The new owner subsequently commissioned a program of works to be carried out by ourselves, with the aim of bringing the car into a more ‘road useable’ specification, without losing its competition car hallmarks.
Retaining its factory fitted roll cage now trimmed in Alcantara, the adaptive works included the re-instating of a number of interior fitments, included the fitting of air conditioning, trimming of the interior in Black Alcantara, leather and new carpeting, re-fitting of factory supplied original Zagato sports front seat and the re instatement of interior storage compartments. With the interior re-instated other detailed changes to the suspension and brakes were completed, the result being a more comfortable and acceptable environment for road use, whilst not undermining its competition heritage.
Currently, this exceptional and truly unique Works prepared Zagato, weighs some 300 Kg’s less than a production V8 Vantage Zagato, retains its original Aston Martin Works developed and built, 482 bhp fuel injected 5.3 litre engine, fitted to its original 5-speed manual transmission. The car is both highly tractable on the public highway and offers blistering performance, on the road and on the track.
Accompanying the car, are a number of highly detailed history files, which clearly show the depth of engineering and development work employed in creating, this unique Works prepared car, covering its extensive Works preparation and maintenance, as well as its subsequent transformation, back to its current road car form. Road registered and MoT’d, this powerful and agile former competition prepared ‘one off’ V8 Vantage Zagato, is now ideally specified for the occasional track day, road rally, sprint or hill climb event, that early morning spirited drive in the open countryside or displaying in concours events.
· Original multi page competition car project proposal from the Aston Martin works.
· Aston Martin works descriptive summary of competition car development and full rebuild, completed in 2019.
· Full photographic record of AM Works rebuild, from road car to competition car specifications.
· Detailed Aston Martin Works invoices, for the rebuild into competition specifications.
· Copies of race results and qualifying data whilst being supported track side by AM Works.
· Detailed later invoices of works completed, adapting the car to road use specification and regular maintenance invoices thereafter and to date.
· A current FIVA (Federation Internationale Vehicles Anciens) identity card, issued 2017.
· Current UK V5 registration document and MoT certificate.
This exciting and unique V8 Vantage Zagato is available for viewing now at our Hertfordshire showrooms.
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