Ultra-Rare Aston Martin Zagato Prototype Goes To Auction

Aston Martin Zagato Prototype
Aston Martin Zagato Prototype

The spectacular Aston Martin Zagato prototype, Chassis serial ‘20011’ was constructed in 1985-86 and is one of only three such prototypes, and one of only two right-hand drive examples ever produced.

Highly tuned and in beautiful condition, the 2016 Concorso Eleganza Villa d’Este invitee is sure to attract interest from Aston enthusiasts and collectors all around the world.

In all, only 52 examples of the Coupe and 37 of the sister convertible Aston Martin V8 Zagatos were produced between 1986 and 1990; each one had been pre-sold to its initial customer before production had even begun. It was an instant and highly coveted collectors’ motor car when new, trading far in excess of its original list price. And today, they are regarded as one of the most significant road-going Aston Martins ever produced.

Aston Martin Zagato Prototype
Aston Martin Zagato Prototype

This first owner of this particularly rare and desirable car was Wensley Haydon-Baillie who was a discerning Aston Martin marque enthusiast, enjoying a close relationship with the Aston Martin company Chairman, Victor Gauntlett.

Bonhams Group Motoring Chairman, James Knight said;
“The mid-1980s was an extraordinary time in motor manufacturing and development and echoed the hedonistic socio-economic climate at the time. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin were competing furiously to create the most powerful and outrageous high-performance car. The V8 Zagato is right up there in collecting terms, but to own one of the prototypes takes it to a whole new level.”

In common with all Haydon-Baillie commissioned cars – chassis ‘20011’ was delivered to an extraordinarily high and bespoke specification. It is one of only four V8 Zagatos known to have been powered from new by the Tadek Marek-designed 5.3-litre 4-cam V8 engine in uprated 432bhp tune. One of only two which feature an integral roll-over bar, its specification also includes black leather seat upholstery, leather-covered facia/dashboard panel, leather-covered steering wheel, all as per the original build sheet, a copy of which is with the car, together with other extensive history and factory memos about this and the other early pre-production cars.

Aston Martin Zagato Prototype

When new in 1986, the Aston Martin Zagato offered a factory-quoted 0-60mph acceleration time of under five seconds. Its 186mph maximum speed also made it, at that time, the fastest-ever street-legal Aston Martin, both records confirmed in a much-publicised road test on a French autoroute in 1986 and eclipsing the previous record held by Ferrari’s 288 GTO.

The car is now listed by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust as being a particularly significant individual example of its type. As such it was one of the 52 cars invited worldwide, to the annual and highly prestigious Concorso Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como in 2016, featuring at the time in a number of photoshoots with the newly released Vanquish Zagato.

The sale will be a Live ‘Behind-Closed-Doors’ auction. The auctioneer will be present on the rostrum as usual, and bids will be accepted in the following formats: online, on the phone, or by leaving an absentee bid. All bidding will be conducted remotely via a live stream online and in accordance with the latest government guidelines.

You can access the online auction and details via this link.

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