2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster  Chassis no. SCFAE62313K800039 Engine no. AM2A/00373
Lot 121
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster
Chassis no. SCFAE62313K800039 Engine no. AM2A/00373
Sold for £122,500 (US$ 164,582) inc. premium

Lot Details
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster  Chassis no. SCFAE62313K800039 Engine no. AM2A/00373 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster  Chassis no. SCFAE62313K800039 Engine no. AM2A/00373 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster  Chassis no. SCFAE62313K800039 Engine no. AM2A/00373 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster  Chassis no. SCFAE62313K800039 Engine no. AM2A/00373 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster  Chassis no. SCFAE62313K800039 Engine no. AM2A/00373
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster
Coachwork by Zagato

Chassis no. SCFAE62313K800039
Engine no. AM2A/00373
Aston Martin fruitful relationship with the renowned Italian styling house Zagato, famously begun with the DB4GT Zagato of the 1960s, was renewed after a meeting between Elio Zagato’s son Andrea and Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2001. The result was a stylish coupé, based on the DB7 V12 Vantage supercar, recalling the sublime looks of the original DB4GT Zagato. So favourable was the DB7 Zagato’s reception that it was decided to produce an open car in similar vein: the DB AR1.
Designed with the California weather in mind as a Roadster in the proper tradition with no hood and space for just two people, the DB AR1 was previewed by a select group of potential customers to gauge reaction. The car was so well received on its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2002, that all 99 of the proposed limited edition were purchased.
Powering the new open supercar was a developed version of Aston’s state-of-the-art, 6.0-litre V12 enjoying a boost in maximum power to 435bhp, some 20 horsepower more than the DB7 Vantage. This power increase together with more torque, a revised final drive ratio and ‘active’ sports exhaust system produce a noticeable improvement in mid range performance, where it is most useful in everyday driving. An AP twin-plate racing clutch combined with a revised quick-shift gearlever for the six-speed manual transmission enable the driver to maximise use of the increase in power and torque and enjoy a faster gearchange.
Acceleration can only be described as stunning, 60mph arriving in just 4.9 seconds, while its top speed of 185mph makes the DB AR1 the world’s fastest true roadster. Above all, the DB AR1 was designed to be a true ‘driver’s car’, equally at home on the autobahn or challenging back road. This is a car that beckons you to look for places to go.
Restraining this superlative high performance are equally outstanding brakes: Brembo racing-style grooved discs - 335mm at the front, 330mm at the rear - gripped by alloy four-pot calipers assisted by an improved brake booster unit and moderated by Teves ABS. Power is transmitted to the road via a limited-slip differential to special multi-spoke 19 inch alloy wheels (8 inch/9.5 inch f/r) incorporating revised offset to give a wider track, shod with low profile Yokohama tyres.
The interior boasts electrically controlled sports seats, six-speaker Becker stereo radio cassette system with 6-CD changer, alarm and immobiliser with remote central locking and boot release. There is electronic traction control and power-assisted rack and pinion steering.
The DB AR1 Zagato roadster offered here - number ‘39’ - is finished in Antrim Blue with all dark grey leather upholstery, blue edged dark grey carpeting and slate Alcantara headlining to the interior. Presented in effectively ‘as new’ condition, the car has covered a minimal ‘delivery mileage’ of circa 160 miles only and comes with all the requisite ownership documents, manuals, tool kit, etc. An exciting and exclusive addition to any important collection.

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