The Story of The Aston Martin V8 Zagato

1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Black

1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato

  • Pedigree Zagato Coachwork
  • One of Only 52 Coupes Manufactured
  • Cylinder Capacity: 5340cc
  • 0-60: 4.9sec
  • Max Speed: 186mph

Italian design house Zagato’s style of minimalism is evident in their take on the 1986 V8 considered to be a modern interpretation of the DB 4 Zagato. Announced at the 1985 Geneva Motor Show, the reprisal of the two company’s co-operation stimulated a sense of nostalgia for the incredible DB 4 Zagato. Like its predecessor the Aston Martin V8 Zagato became one of the fast vehicles of its time, due to a reduction of the wheelbase, removal of the rear seats and the aerodynamic Zagato aluminum body. However, as just 52 Coupes were manufactured, these vehicles continue to rise as potential investment opportunities.

A 430bhp V8 engine powered the Zagato, with twin-choke carburettors. Performance from this engine was truly remarkable; the top speed of 185.8mph was reportedly achieved by French Magazine ‘Power Auto’ whilst the Police had lunch! The 0 to 60mph time came up in just 4.8 seconds.

In 1998, the famous comedian, Rowan Atkinson, purchased the first right-hand drive car produced, chassis number 20013 and had it converted to Aston Martin Owners Club racing series C2 specification. Conversion was undertaken by Aston Martin Works Service and total rebuild cost was around 220,000 GBP. The famous Tadek Marek 5.3 V8 engine was reworked to produce an estimated 482 bhp (359 kW; 489 PS) carrying unique “580XR” designation. It retired racing in 2007 and Atkinson subsequently sold it at Aston Martin Bonhams auction in Newport Pagnell on 17 May 2008.

DD Classics 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato For Sale

As part of an important private collection since 2008, the DD Classics car has been fastidiously maintained, correctly stored and sparingly used. The vehicle has extensive documentation and prior MOT certificates record the mileage advancing slowly to the present figure of just 15,500 miles.

The 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato is available for immediate viewing at our showroom in Kew, London.



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