2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato Jun15

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato

435 bhp, 5,935 cc V-12 engine with four overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, six-speed manual transmission with a twin-plate racing clutch, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in. The 37th of only 99 examples built 800 actual miles; beautiful condition Chassis no. SCFAE62383K800037 Engine no. 00280 Sold for $379,500 by RM Sotheby’s Looking to reinvigorate sales and interest in the Aston Martin brand, Ford once again teamed up with Zagato in 2002 to create a limited-production, coachbuilt grand touring car in the spirit of the DB4GT Zagato of the 1960s and the V8 Vantage Zagato of the 1980s. A design collaboration between Andrea Zagato and...

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ONE – 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1

Of all things in the automotive world, coachbuilders hold a special place in my heart.  Unlike major automobile manufacturers who have to focus on an entire vehicle from the first technical drawing to the last bolt, a coachbuilder is focused solely on the physical appearance of the vehicle.  They take one of the most elementary requirements of an automobile and elevate it to an art form. Dating back several centuries, the art of coachbuilding has sadly changed and faded greatly from its heyday in the early 20th century.  With the advent of unibody construction, mass production and everything-under-one-roof business models, coachbuilding in the traditional sense has become increasingly less financially...

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