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Lot 153

2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato

  • Chassis no. SCFAE22313K700001
  • Serial no. 001/099
  • Engine no. 00290

Sold for €392.000

Documents: Swiss Carte Grise


440 bhp, 5935 cc V-12 engine with four overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel wishbone with coil spring suspension and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel vented disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,531 mm

  • The very first of 99 examples produced
  • Single ownership; delivered new to Aston Martin Geneva
  • Complete with numbered presentation book, numbered suede jacket, and umbrella


Born out of a chance meeting between Aston Martin Lagonda CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, and Andrea Zagato at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours, the DB7 Zagato revived the decades-old partnership between the two brands. With a production run of only 99 market vehicles, the DB7 Zagato is one of Aston Martin’s most exclusive models.

Based on a short-chassis version of the DB7 GT, the DB7 Zagato caused an instant uproar in the motoring world. It had been 40 years since David Brown had released the DB4 GT Zagato, and the press were clamouring for the first look at what Henrik Fisker, chief designer for Aston Martin, and Andrea Zagato, had created. The steel body shell, crafted in Italy at the Zagato factory, featured the classic ‘double-bubble’ Zagato roofline with a specially sculpted rear window. Behind the large front grille, Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated 5,900-cubic centimetre engine drove a six-speed manual transmission – the DB7 GT engine now upgraded to produce an astonishing 440 brake horsepower. With top speeds of over 300 km/h and a record of 0–100 km/h in just five seconds, the DB7 Zagato blew its potential customers away.

The current owner of production number 001 was dining with Dr Ulrich Bez when he first learnt that Aston Martin was proposing a new Zagato model. Immediately enthused by the prospect of resurrecting the legendary Aston Martin Zagato partnership, and without even having seen a design sketch, he agreed to purchase the first car then and there. After dinner in the bar, he saw the initial sketches for what would become the DB7 Zagato, and an improvised contract was drawn up for the very first car on the only slip of paper available – a napkin. According to Dr Bez’s assistant, this famous napkin was later framed and hung in the CEO’s office to commemorate this first order, and the contract remained valid as the other 98 vehicles were sold. Eventually, chassis number 700001 was delivered to its owner, finished in Nero Black over Claret Red leather. Optional extras included brushed aluminium trim in place of the standard wood, upgraded satnav and stereo, and heated front windscreen. Since delivery in 2003, this DB7 Zagato has been carefully looked after and properly maintained at regular intervals.

Highly exclusive and desirable, this Aston Martin DB7 Zagato represents the opportunity to own a symbol of one of the greatest brand partnerships in the motoring world.





Moteur V12, 5 935 cm3, 440 ch, 2 ACT par banc, 4 soupapes par cylindre, transmission manuelle six rapports, suspension par doubles triangles, ressorts hélicoïdaux et barres antiroulis, freins à disques ventilés sur les quatre roues. Empattement 2 531 mm.

• Le premier des 99 exemplaires produits
• Un seul propriétaire, livrée neuve à Aston Martin Genève
• Complète avec livret de présentation numéroté, veste en daim numérotée, et parapluie

Née un peu par hasard d'une rencontre entre Ulrich Bez, directeur général d'Aston Martin Lagonda, et Andrea Zagato lors du Concours d'élégance de Pebble Beach, en 2001, la DB7 Zagato faisait renaître l'ancienne collaboration entre les deux entreprises. Avec une production limitée à 99 exemplaires, la DB7 Zagato fait partie des Aston Martin les plus exclusives qui soient.

Basée sur une version raccourcie du châssis de la DB7 GT, la DB7 Zagato faisait immédiatement sensation dans le monde de l'automobile. Il y avait 40 ans qu'avait été présentée la DB4 GT Zagato de David Brown, et la presse se précipitait pour pouvoir enfin contempler la création de Henrik Fisker, directeur du design pour Aston Martin, et d'Andrea Zagato. La carrosserie en acier, réalisée en Italie dans l'usine Zagato, présentait la ligne de toit typique de Zagato, avec sa "double bosse" qui se poursuivait dans une lunette arrière dessinée spécialement. Derrière l'imposante bouche de calandre, le moteur Aston Martin atmosphérique de 5 900 cm3 était relié à une boîte manuelle six rapports ; il s'agissait du V12 de la DB7 GT dont la puissance passait à 440 ch. Avec une vitesse de pointe de plus de 300 km/h et une accélération de 0 à 100 km/h en 5 s tout juste, la DB7 Zagato laissait sur place ses concurrentes potentielles.

L'actuel propriétaire de cet exemplaire, qui porte le numéro 001 de la série, était en train de dîner avec Ulrich Bez lorsqu'il a appris qu'Aston Martin préparait une nouvelle version Zagato. Immédiatement séduit par la perspective d'une résurrection de l'ancienne collaboration entre Aston Martin et Zagato, et sans même en avoir vu un dessin, il décidait de passer commande sur le champ du premier exemplaire. Après le dîner, il pouvait découvrir les premiers dessins de ce qui allait devenir la DB7 Zagato, et un contrat improvisé était signé sur le premier support qu'ils trouvaient, une nappe en papier. Selon l'assistant d'Ulrich Bez, cette fameuse nappe était par la suite encadrée et accrochée dans le bureau du directeur général, pour rendre hommage à cette première commande. Elle restait valable lorsque les 98 autres voitures étaient vendues à leur tour. L'exemplaire n°700001 était finalement livré à son propriétaire, de teinte "Nero Black" avec sellerie "Claret Red". Il recevait en option des garnitures intérieures en aluminium brossé au lieu du bois, un meilleur système de navigation et de stéréo, et un pare-brise chauffant. Depuis sa livraison en 2003, cette DB7 Zagato a fait l'objet de soins attentifs et d'opérations d'entretien régulières.

Extrêmement exclusive et désirable, cette Aston Martin DB7 Zagato constitue l'opportunité de posséder le symbole d'une des plus belles collaborations entre deux marques, au sein du monde de l'automobile.

Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is now being offered with a Swiss Carte Grise. Furthermore, contrary to the catalogue description, this lot does not come with an Aston Martin umbrella.

Merci de noter que contrairement à la description faite dans le catalogue le parapluie Aston Martin n’est pas présent avec le lot 153.

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