One owner from new 2004 Pagani Zonda C12 7.3-Litre Roadster Chassis no. ZA9C820C110F76041 Engine no. 12098312032119E100
One of the more fascinating aspects of the modern motoring scene is the recent emergence of the small independent supercar manufacturer, many of which have gone from relative obscurity to the status of household names in just a few short years, usually on the back of a product range offering hitherto almost unimaginable levels of performance. Whereas at one time established manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin only had one another to worry about, they now have to contend with the likes of Koenigsegg, Spyker, Noble, Ultima and, of course, Pagani. Horacio Pagani was no newcomer to the world of automotive engineering when he built the first Zonda in 1999, for the Argentine-born industrial design graduate had been working with Lamborghini since the mid-1980s, developing the Countach and Diablo road cars and assisting with the Italian manufacturer's Formula 1 engine programme. The Zonda C12 debuted in coupé form at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show, its maker freely acknowledging that its styling had been inspired by the Mercedes-Benz Group C 'Silver Arrow'sports-racers. Mercedes-Benz's influence was more than just skin deep, for the German firm's AMG performance division was responsible for the Zonda's 6.0-litre V12 engine, which was mounted longitudinally amidships in the predominantly carbon fibre body tub. With some 408 horsepower on tap, the C12 was always going to be quick, but performance figures of 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds and 0-100 in 8.2 were simply staggering plus, of course, that all important 200mph (or thereabouts) top speed. Seemingly small from the outside yet endowed with a comfortable cabin, the C12 provided the basis for a host of derivatives, which emerged from Pagani's factory at San Cesario sul Panaro near Modena (where else?) in strictly limited numbers over the next 11 years. After only a handful of 6.0-litre C12s had been built (and sold for around $320,000 apiece) the model was joined by the 7.0-litre C12 S in 2001. Maximum power increased to 542bhp with a commensurate increase in all round performance, the 0-60mph time dipping below 4 seconds; and as if that wasn't enough, a 7.3-litre, 555bhp version followed in 2002. Traction control became standard equipment on a Pagani for the first time with the 7.3's introduction In 2003 Pagani finally got around to introducing the inevitable open roadster version of the Zonda C12 S 7.3, production of which was intended to run to only 40 units. According to Pagani: 'Elegantly appointed according to client's demand, the Zonda Roadster allows the lucky owner to personalise each detail according to his/her taste, from the careful selection of materials, such as the aluminium and carbon fibre finishes, to the sophisticated and exclusive interior in fine leather entirely processed and hand-sewn by master artisans.' Subsequent variations on the C12 theme include the Zonda GR sports-racer, C12 S Monza track-day car, C12 F and C12 Roadster F, Zonda R track car, Zonda Cinque and Cinque Roadster, Zonda Tricolore and various 'one-offs' for wealthy clients. Originally manufactured as a right-hand drive C12 S Roadster, this particular Zonda was sent back to the factory in 2008 for an overhaul and upgrading to 'F' high-performance specification. Carried out between June and September that year, this work included a complete overhaul of the 7.3-litre engine, which now produces a staggering 602bhp at 6,150rpm and 560lb/ft of torque at only 4,000 revs (specification sheet available). At the same time the car was repainted from yellow to its current 'Elvis Presley Cadillac Pink' livery, while other noteworthy features include a new leather dashboard, carbon fibre engine cover and rear diffuser, new 'F'-type exhaust system and an upgraded ECU. In this specification the Zonda is claimed to accelerate from a standstill to 60mph in only 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 214mph. Of equal importance is the braking capability, the stop from 120mph being achievable in a mere 4.4 seconds courtesy of Brembo's best. Please note, the car will be subject to import tax of 20% if remaining in the EU.