What car from 2012 would we kill to own!?
Beautifully unique versus every other Aston Martin. And finished exquisitely as one of the 65 total, handmade units that came out of the Aston/Zagato partnership.
This “No Zero” example shows no mercy in its finishes and execution. Custom badges for the number zero special and a butterfly-wing badge accent are notable special items Aston did for this owner. This motif is gorgeous and harks back to the original Aston logos of the 1920s. [The wings are peeling a pit, unfort.]
The bright carrara white paintwork over gloss black for the alloys could not be sexier, even five years later.
The overall Zagato flair makes this the most special of all V12 Vantages. Every surface is unique – including the scalloped fenders, bottle-nose hood and double bubble roof. The rear wing is delightful and a perfect crown on the V12Z when viewed from behind.
This car sold for about $880k at the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2017 auction. Full details from RM below the photo gallery.
2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato “No. Zero”
2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato “No. Zero”
Auctioned on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Sold for €750.400
- Chassis no. SCFEBBGF3CGS31235
- Engine no. AM10/34138
510 bhp, 5,935 cc all-alloy quad overhead V-12 engine with direct injection, six-speed manual transmission, all-around independent double-wishbone suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm
- Entirely one of a kind, with personal input from Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman
- Unique, unrepeatable elements, including handcrafted badge and Zagato-etched key
- One of 65 V-12 Zagatos built; part of a very rare special edition collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato
In 2011, Aston Martin and Zagato came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato, unveiling the V12 Zagato at that year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and winning the Design award for Concepts and Prototypes. Although the engine was mechanically the same as the V12 Vantage, extras such as the uprated suspension and rear wing helped propel the car to 5th and 6th in class at the 39th ADAC Nürburgring that same year.
Each car was to be individually designed for the owner, with design elements combining modern innovations and historic elements that reflected the 50-year relationship between Aston Martin and Zagato. Loosely based on the standard V12 Vantage, the V12 Zagato features a handcrafted aluminium body with the classic Zagato ‘double bubble’ roof. A grand total of 2,000 man hours went into every vehicle, an astounding five times as long as the regular V12 Vantage.
Chassis number 31235 is perhaps the most special of the V12 Zagatos produced, as it has several elements that Aston Martin created purely for the owner and are unrepeatable. Marek Reichman led the design team in crafting the requested scarab beetle badge, handmade from actual beetle wings – harkening back to the Aston Martin logo originally designed in the 1920s. This design is completely unique and has often been requested by other owners, but it will never again be repeated. As unique as its badges, the key is etched with the well-known Zagato ‘Z’ unlike any other Zagato. And by special request of the original and current owner, the car was titled “No. Zero” and a special engine plaque was made commemorating this title. This V12 Zagato features prominently in Aston Martin brochures and marketing material, including a featured page on the recently launched Art of Living website.
With only 65 vehicles produced, this collaboration remains today one of the most exclusive – and individual – Aston Martins available on the market. The V12 Zagato offered here by its first owner is, without a doubt, the prime example of this partnership and would be the crowning glory of any collection.
Photo Credit: Tim Scott ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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