Amelia Island

10-11 March 2017

A Gentleman's Collection: The Pride & Passion of Orin Smith

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Lot 113

2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato

  • Chassis no. SCFAE12383K700040
  • Engine no. 00416

$300,000 - $375,000

Without Reserve

To be auctioned on Friday, March 10, 2017


435 bhp, 5,935 cc V-12 engine with four overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, six-speed manual transmission with twin-plate racing clutch, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

  • Built to DB7GT specifications with shortened chassis
  • The 40th of 99 examples produced; extraordinarily rare in the United States
  • 513 actual miles
  • Immaculate, with factory bespoke features
  • Complete with original factory car cover, fitted umbrella, and owner’s guide


The modern resurrection of the “ultimate” Aston Martin of the David Brown era, the DB4GT Zagato, the DB7 Zagato marked only the third collaboration between the renowned British automaker and the fabled Italian coachbuilder in 40 years.

A collaboration between Andrea Zagato and Henrik Fisker, then Aston Martin’s chief designer, the new model was introduced to great acclaim at the Paris Motor Show of 2002. Like the DB4GT before it, it retained Aston Martin’s traditional grille, only larger, while the bodywork was fully unique, including Zagato’s trademark “double bubble” roofline, sculpted rear window, and a drop-down bootlid flanked by single round taillights. Special five-spoke alloy wheels proved a fitting complement to the car’s striking appearance. The interior was equally lavish and appointed with a special aniline leather with quilted seating, for a more luxurious, timeless appearance.

This stunning bodywork was mounted on a unique chassis, shortened by 151 millimeters, which helped to reduce the car’s front and rear overhangs, while also trimming nearly 130 pounds of weight – allowing for slightly increased performance over the standard DB7.

Like the original DB4GT Zagato before it, the DB7 Zagato was an instant classic upon its premiere—and was destined to be rare from the moment that it was born. Only 99 examples were produced, and they were allocated solely to the European, Asian, and U.K. markets, leaving many potential North American owners pining for a chance to own one of the most significant modern Aston Martins.

The 40th example built, the DB7 Zagato presented here is one of the most spectacular of the very few to have since come to American shores. Mr. Smith acquired the car from a renowned collector of modern supercars, who had imported it from England in 2005, after a factory conversion to left-hand drive, along with a factory refinish to match his DB AR1, including a complete re-trim, also to match the unusual color combination of the open car. Since taking delivery, only 30 miles were added during his ownership.

Even though the car left the factory over a decade ago, it is presented in showroom-quality condition. Having travelled 513 miles from new, it has been carefully preserved for its entire life, including the factory modifications in the United Kingdom, producing a whole new and refreshing image. More recently, it has benefitted from over $9,400 in services and detail work following Mr. Smith’s acquisition in January 2015. Today the paintwork remains flawless and shines bright, and the leather interior shows no scuffs or creases whatsoever. Further, the car is complete with its car cover in numbered bag, fitted umbrella, and original owner’s guide, as well as a clean recent CARFAX Vehicle History Report.

One of the very few of its kind in North America, and undoubtedly one of the finest available, this stunning car would be an ideal counterpoint to the DB4GT Zagato in one’s stable – or simply to complete a run of the most important modern Astons in a gentleman’s collection.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 9... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. He is a life-long automobile enthusiast and ... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Konrad Trapler

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+1 808 754 0360
Ontario, Canada

Konrad Trapler joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in the fall of 2016.

 

A lifelong auto enthusi... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

Peter Wallman

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more