Ultra Rare Aston Martin V8 Zagato Prototype Is Up For Sale

1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato prototype
1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato prototype

An ultra rare 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato prototype is being offered for sale with Bicester Heritage based, specialist dealer, Pendine Historic Cars.

The unique one of only three prototypes is also right-hand-drive, which was built ahead of the initial limited production run of approximately 50 Aston Martin V8 Zagato coupés, all of which were pre-sold before production had even started.

Dressed in Gladiator Red and fully restored, the trio leader was commissioned with a unique specification by Aston Martin enthusiast Wensley Hayden-Baillie, a close friend of former Aston Martin Lagonda chairman, Victor Gauntlett.

The car arrives from a private collection for the first time in 20 years in an unmissable opportunity for Aston Martin collectors and those looking to mark the 100th year of the Zagato brand.

Aston Martin V8 Zagato prototype
Aston Martin V8 Zagato prototype

James Mitchell, founder, Pendine Historic Cars said:
“Chassis 20011 is a well-known Aston Martin and is surely one of the finest examples of all of the V8 Zagatos built.

“According to the current owner, who has raced and driven more V8 Zagatos than most, it drives unlike the other cars and is visceral by comparison. This is a special car which seriously deserves recognition for its place in the marque’s genesis.”

Based on the Aston Martin V8 but with a Zagato coach built body, the car’s angular appearance and squared-off grille are paired with a lighter weight and shorter wheelbase than the ‘standard’ Vantage, with deleted rear seats.

The factory quoted an eye-watering 0-60 acceleration time of under five seconds with a top speed of around 190mph, making it Aston Martin’s fastest ever car at the time.

Aston Martin Zagato V8 Prototype
Aston Martin Zagato V8 Prototype

Glorious period dash and the obligatory Pioneer stereo system accompany a breath-taking restoration by Pebble Beach winning specialist, Auto Restorations, which took place in New Zealand and was overseen by the current, third custodian.

Today the car is listed by Aston Martin Heritage Trust as a significant car and in recognition of its status was invited to the highly prestigious Concorso Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como in 2016, one of only 52 cars annually, worldwide, to receive such an invitation. This was followed by an invitation to the inaugural City of London Concours in 2017.

The V8 Zagato prototype is for sale with an asking price of £530,000 and is accompanied by all of its original manuals, delivery and warranty documents as well as copies of the fascinating factory memos about this special build.

Anyone wishing more information on this sale can do so by visiting this link.

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