Delivery mileage only,1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé
Lot 11
1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé
£ 450,000 - 550,000
US$ 570,000 - 690,000

Lot Details
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Delivery mileage only
1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé
Registration No. G877 KPW
Chassis No. 20049

*One of only 52 made
*Right-hand drive
*Manual transmission
*Known ownership history
*Effectively 'as new' condition

Footnotes

  • 'The Vantage Zagato relies on its Italian styling to heighten the emotions of car collectors and Aston followers alike, harking back as it does the halcyon days of David Brown patronage at Newport Pagnell when 19 DB4GTs wore gorgeously curvaceous lightweight Zagato bodywork.' – Motor.

    The first three completed cars were displayed at Geneva in March 1986 and in June one of the prototype Zagatos successfully met its design target by achieving a maximum speed of 300km/h (186mph) while on test with the French magazine Sport Auto. A 0-60mph time of five seconds had been another target and that too was achieved, the French journalists clocking a best of 4.8.

    Eventually 52 cars would be constructed, including the prototypes. Of the 'production' cars, only 27 were right-hand drive manual transmission models like that offered here, though one of these - '20042' - was recreated as the prototype of the Zagato Volante convertible. If subsequent engine enlargements are taken into account, it is estimated that only 20 right-hand drive manual transmission Vantage Zagatos remain in their original specification like the one we offer.

    '20049' was delivered to the immediately preceding owner from Stratton Motor Co by covered transporter and kept in their dehumidified storage facility in a Carcoon. In an accompanying letter dated 31st March 1998, Stratton Motor Company states that it had collected the Zagato by transporter from Newport Pagnell on 12th November 1987 before selling it to a Mr Saunderson, who never took delivery. During subsequent changes of ownership, the car never left Stratton's storage facility. When it was eventually registered in January 1990 to Mr Michael Fleming, the car had still not been used. Stratton's later reacquired it. Their managing Director, Roger Bennington, concludes the letter by saying: 'The only person to have driven this Zagato since leaving the factory is myself, on the occasional removal from storage to run the engine.'

    The Aston was not used while in the immediately preceding ownership. Regular maintenance was carried out 'in house' by the then owner's workshop personnel and resident fully qualified Aston Martin mechanical engineer, ensuring the car remained 'on the button'. This included regularly running the engine up to full operating temperature and yearly replacement of all fluids, filters, and the battery. The current vendor purchased the Zagato in 2014 and had it taken to Aston Martin Works to be tested; all fluids were changed and the car was then re-checked before being returned to professional storage where it has been ever since.

    This exceptional Zagato remains 100% factory correct, even down to retaining the protective wax coating sprayed over the engine bay before it left Newport Pagnell. Freshly MoT'd, it is offered with owner's handbook, old-style logbook, V5C registration document, and its Vehicle Storage Maintenance Log detailing dates and mileage of all works carried out since acquisition. With only some 393 miles recorded, this rare and desirable British thoroughbred supercar is presented in effectively 'as new' condition and thus represents a unique opportunity for collectors.
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