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Lot 146

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato "No. Zero"

  • Chassis no. SCFEBBGF3CGS31235
  • Engine no. AM10/34138

€625.000 - €675.000

To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 8, 2017


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.





Moteur V12 alliage, 5 935 cm3, 510 ch, 2 ACT par banc, injection directe, transmission manuelle six rapports, suspension indépendante par doubles triangles, ressorts hélicoïdaux et barres antiroulis, freins à disques ventilés sur les quatre roues. Empattement 2 600 mm.

• Modèle unique, avec participation personnelle de Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer
• Éléments uniques fabriqués spécialement pour cette voiture comme le badge Zagato artisanal et la clé gravée Zagato
• Seulement 65 Zagato V12 produites ; très rare série spéciale résultant d'une collaboration entre Aston Martin et Zagato

En 2011, Aston Martin et Zagato se sont retrouvés pour célébrer le 50e anniversaire de la DB4 GT Zagato et dévoilaient la V12 Zagato lors du Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Elle remportait le prix du Design, dans la catégorie Concept cars et Prototypes. Bien que le moteur ait été identique à celui de la V12 Vantage, des modifications comme une suspension améliorée et un aileron arrière permettaient à ce modèle à signer cette même année la cinquième et la sixième place de sa catégorie aux 24 Heures ADAC du Nürburgring.

Chaque voiture était conçue spécialement pour son propriétaire, avec des éléments de design combinant innovations modernes et éléments historiques, reflétant ainsi la relation entretenue pendant 50 ans par Aston Martin et Zagato. Dérivée de la V12 Vantage, la V12 Zagato présentait une carrosserie artisanale en aluminium comportant la traditionnelle "double bosse" de toit. Chaque voiture réclamait un total de 2 000 heures de travail, cinq fois le temps nécessaire à une V12 Vantage standard.

La V12 Zagato portant le n° de châssis 31235 est peut-être la plus exceptionnelle de toutes, car elle a reçu plusieurs éléments créés par Aston Martin spécifiquement pour le propriétaire, et qui ne sont pas duplicables. Marek Reichman dirigeait l'équipe de design qui a réalisé le badge demandé, fabriqué à partir de véritables ailes de scarabée, un rappel du logo Aston Martin d'origine conçu dans les années 1920. Absolument unique, cette création ne sera jamais refaite, bien qu'elle ait été réclamée par d'autres propriétaires. Autre élément aussi exceptionnel que ce badge, la clé de contact est gravée du célèbre "Z" de Zagato, et c'est la seule du genre. De plus, sur la demande spéciale de l'actuel et premier propriétaire, cette voiture a été dénommée "N° Zero" et comporte une plaque de moteur spéciale affichant cette particularité. Cette V12 Zagato figure en bonne place dans les brochures et documents promotionnels Aston Martin, comme le site internet Art of Living lancé récemment.

Avec une production limitée à 65 exemplaires, cette collaboration fait de cette Aston Martin une des plus exclusive du marché. La présente V12 Zagato, proposée par son premier propriétaire, est sans aucun doute le meilleur exemplaire de ce partenariat et constituera le summum absolu de toute collection.

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