Fewer than 3,800 miles from new
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato
Engine no. AM2A/00407
5935cc DOHC V12 Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
435bhp at 6,000rpm
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Brembo Disc Brakes
*Two owners from new
*Number 26 of 99 made
*Fewer than 3,800 miles from new
*Originally delivered to Beverley Hills
The DB AR1
Aston Martin renewed its fruitful relationship with renowned Italian styling house of Zagato, most famously begun with the DB4GT Zagato of the 1960s, 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 favorable 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, and 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-liter 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 maximize use of the increase in power and torque and enjoy a faster gear-change.
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 exalted 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" alloy wheels (8"/9.5" f/r) incorporating revised offset to give a wider track, shod with low profile Yokohama tires.
The interior boasts electrically controlled sports seats, six-speaker Becker stereo radio cassette system with 6-CD changer, alarm and immobilizer with remote central locking and trunk release. There is electronic traction control and power-assisted rack and pinion steering.
The Motorcar Offered
This fantastic, low mileage AR1 Roadster has lived a charmed life. Purchased by its first owner from Aston Martin of Beverley Hills on December 4th, 2004 with 140 miles on the clock, it carried an original sticker price of over $250,000. Finished in Bowland Black over Light Tan hides, it enjoyed the California sun in the care of its original owner until the summer of 2010 when the current vendor acquired the roadster, the 26th of 99 DB AR1s constructed.
Having covered less than 3,800 miles since leaving Newport Pagnell, it has received continuous, careful maintenance and shows well today. Replete with its original Monroney sticker, books, umbrellas, and car cover, this barely used, coachbuilt roadster is now ready to move onto to its third lucky owner.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit.