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Aston Martin V8 Zagato

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Aston Martin V8 Zagato
ManufacturerAston Martin
Also calledAston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato
89 built[1]
52 coupés
37 convertibles
DesignerGiuseppe Mittino at Zagato
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer
Body style2-door coupé
2-door convertible
LayoutFR layout
Engine5.3 L (5341 cc) V8
PredecessorAston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
SuccessorAston Martin DB7 Zagato

The V8 Zagato model Aston Martin was a grand tourer of the 1980s. Just fifty two examples of the coupé and thirty seven of the convertible were built between 1986 and 1990. The coupé was first unveiled at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show, and orders were quickly taken, despite only showing the drawing of the car.

1987 Aston Martin V8 Zagato
1987 Aston Martin V8 Zagato

The decision to build the later convertible was controversial – all 52 coupés had already been purchased at the height of the supercar speculation market, and owners felt that producing additional cars would lower the value of the coupés. The convertibles consistently fetch higher prices than their roofed brethren.

The V8 Zagato, as the name suggests, was based on the Aston Martin V8, but with a body by the famed Zagato coachbuilder.

1987 V8 Zagato rear view
1987 V8 Zagato rear view

The design was an angular modern interpretation of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato of the 1960s. The squared off grille was especially controversial. The Zagato was powered by a 430 bhp (321 kW; 436 PS) V8 engine with twin choke Weber carburettors. The all alloy car could hit 300 km/h (186 mph).

It was a luxurious car, with a price tag of US$156,600 at the time, but with the high rarity, and being released at the supercar price boom of 1987 to 1990, by the end of the decade, the car was changing hands for £450,000. The later convertible sold for $171,000.

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 specifications. He crashed it in July 2001, whilst competing at an enthusiasts' meeting, but walked away unhurt.[2]

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 the Aston Martin Bonhams auction in Newport Pagnell on 17 May 2008, for £122,500.[3]


  1. ^ Edwards, Robert (2004). Aston Martin. Sparkford: Haynes Publishing. p. 123. ISBN 1-84425-014-8.
  2. ^ "Atkinson unharmed after car crash". BBC News. 9 July 2001. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  3. ^ "The Rowan Atkinson 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé". Bonhams. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
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