1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé  Chassis no. SCFCV81Z1GTR20028 Engine no. V/580/0028X

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1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé
Registration no. 610 VZ Chassis no. SCFCV81Z1GTR20028 Engine no. V/580/0028X

Sold for £ 77,400 (US$ 100,680) inc. premium
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé
Registration no. 610 VZ
Chassis no. SCFCV81Z1GTR20028
Engine no. V/580/0028X
“The Aston Martin Vantage Zagato, to give it its full title, sets out to be one of the fastest and most desirable supercars in the world. Since the Aston Martin Vantage on which it is based is already one of the fastest and most desirable supercars in the world, the Zagato’s prospects of attaining the required levels of speed and desirability look distinctly good,” stated The Motor’s man, commencing a road-test that went on to confirm all of the above.
With the introduction of the Vantage Zagato in 1986, Aston Martin renewed its association with one of Italy’s most illustrious carrozzeria, Zagato having been responsible for that most celebrated and desirable of all post-war Aston Martins, the DB4 GT. “Although a mere 19 AM Zagatos were built, the model remains one of the high points of the histories of both companies, and it was this association which the idea of a new Zagato sought to invoke,” explained Motor Sport magazine.
The idea was conceived by Aston Martin boss, Victor Gauntlett, and the Zagato brothers whose respective companies had neighbouring stands at The Geneva Salon in 1984. By the following year the project had advanced sufficiently for Aston Martin to accept deposits on the 50 production cars planned. Conceived at Geneva in 1984, the first prototype was unveiled to the public at that same Salon in March 1986 and in June that year successfully met its design target by achieving a maximum speed of 186mph while on test with the French magazine Sport Auto.
Part of Zagato’s brief had been to shed some of the standard Vantage’s not inconsiderable weight and this was achieved by redesigning the superstructure and shortening the car by no less than 17cm. With the use of composite materials the sensational new car tipped the scales some 10ighter than the standard Vantage. The 5.3-litre, four-cam, V8 engine was, naturally, to ‘Vantage X’ specification, producing a mind-bending 432bhp at 6,200rpm. The manner of its installation though, created a certain amount of controversy, the Zagato’s low sloping bonnet, penned in the expectation of a dry-sumped engine, meant that a ‘power bulge’ was required to clear the Vantage’s quartet of Webers – the resultant appearance only emphasising the Vantage Zagato’s intent.
This fine example, liveried in Fury Yellow with black hide interior and equipped with Recaro Ideal ‘C’ seats, was supplied new to The Patrick Collection in February 1987 and first registered on 5th March that year. An out-and-out driver’s car it is naturally to manual specification and, at the time of cataloguing, had covered just 6,100 or so miles from new. During the current ownership the car was the subject of accident damage and was returned immediately to Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd for a comprehensive repair in 1995, the brief then being to restore the car to the condition in which it left the factory in every respect, with no expense spared. An invoice on file records those repairs. Some 1,300 or so miles later the car fully reflects the care that was taken at the time of those repairs and is offered in a condition commensurate with its impressively low mileage. It comes with the usual factory handbooks and documentation and amusingly also with a Provence Moulage model of a Vantage Zagato Coupé, finished in matching livery. Surely the most charismatic Aston Martin of its generation, this car is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document showing its distinctive ‘Vantage Zagato’ number, and a current MoT certificate.
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé  Chassis no. SCFCV81Z1GTR20028 Engine no. V/580/0028X
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé  Chassis no. SCFCV81Z1GTR20028 Engine no. V/580/0028X
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé  Chassis no. SCFCV81Z1GTR20028 Engine no. V/580/0028X
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé  Chassis no. SCFCV81Z1GTR20028 Engine no. V/580/0028X
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé  Chassis no. SCFCV81Z1GTR20028 Engine no. V/580/0028X
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