London | Lot 244
2005 Pagani Zonda C12 7.3 S Roadster
£425,600 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
26 October 2011
Please note this vehicle is offered on a Bill of Sale only.
555 bhp, 7.3-litre, mid-mounted Mercedes-Benz M120 E73 60-degree DOHC light-alloy V-12 with four valves per cylinder and Bosch Motronic ME7 sequential electronic fuel injection, six-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones, coil-over hydraulic dampers and anti-roll bars, and hydraulic four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 2,730 mm
• One owner and well maintained
• One of only 25 hand-built examples produced
• Zero-to-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds!
• Desirable colour combination, six-speed manual gearbox
Appropriately named in honour of the legendary hot winds of its creator’s Argentine birthplace, the Zonda is the inspired brainchild of Horacio Pagani, who designed and built his first Formula 3 race car at the age of 20 and moved to Italy in 1983 to pursue his lifelong ambition of building the world’s ultimate limited-production supercar.
Pagani, who was a composites engineer with Lamborghini during the 1980s, left that storied manufacturer in 1991 and translated his high-tech expertise into his own Modena Design firm, which produced carbon-fibre components for Formula 1 teams and such marques as Daimler, Ferrari and motorcycle-maker Aprilia. In 1992, Pagani Automobili Modena was established, with seven years of development culminating in the debut of the Zonda, its first product, at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. Immediately hailed for its radical styling, stunning performance and almost inconceivable technical sophistication, the Zonda was clearly the physical realisation of Mr. Pagani’s relentless pursuit to create “Una Macchina con Anima”—a car with a soul.
In creating the Zonda’s sleek bodywork, safety was a paramount consideration from the outset, with its steel front and rear space-frames and rigid carbon-fibre central monocoque structure. Downforce was enhanced by the Zonda’s massive snout, flanked by as many air-diffusers and spoilers as any car will likely ever see, and at the rear the highly adjustable rear wing and menacing quad tailpipes left little doubt as to the Zonda’s serious intent.
Unparalleled refinement and exclusivity were also key design objectives. Accordingly, the Zonda is perhaps the ultimate limited-production bespoke supercar today, entirely handcrafted in Modena, Italy with its custom-designed Mercedes-AMG powerplant and extraordinary attention to detail, rendering the Zonda nothing less than a true masterpiece of contemporary automobile design.
Introduced at the 2003 Geneva Show, the exquisite Zonda Roadster incorporated an enlarged, hand-built AMG 7.3-litre V-12 engine, a removable carbon-fibre roof panel and forged aluminium, 19-inch alloy wheels and ultra low-profile tyres measuring 255 mm front and 335 mm rear in width, which were specially designed by Michelin for this magnificent machine. The Roadster-specific central monocoque structure achieved new levels of strength and torsional rigidity, and the elliptical rollbar was tied to the rear chassis and constructed of carbon-fibre and chrome-molybdenum alloy. Aerodynamics were revised slightly with a pair of efficient NACA air ducts added to the rear engine cover.
Powered by a 7,291-cc DOHC Mercedes-Benz AMG E73 60º Alloy V-12 with Bosch Motronic ME7 sequential electronic fuel injection, this 7.3 C12 Zonda Roadster produces 555 bhp at 5,900 engine revolutions. With a svelte 1,280-kg dry weight, the car can accelerate from rest to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and is capable of top speeds up to 220 mph (350 km/h).
Like the Zondas that came before, the Roadster was built in extremely limited numbers. 40 Roadsters were to be built, and only 25 were completed. An intoxicating mix of hand-selected leather upholstery, aluminium and carbon fibre, all hand-fitted by master artisans, the Zonda Roadster is in short a sensory delight combining the latest in materials, engineering and design with traditional Italian craftsmanship and character.
This 2005 Pagani Zonda Roadster has been collector-owned and maintained from new, and it is currently housed in Europe and offered at auction today in as-new condition. With only about 8,000 kms travelled from new, it is finished in a very desirable red exterior with black hides stitched red. It has never suffered any accidents, and it has been converted to UK specifications for its MoT inspections and ease of registration. The opportunity to acquire a Zonda, let alone a Roadster variant, rarely becomes available. The landmark achievement of one of the world's most brilliant engineering minds today, this Pagani Zonda Roadster remains undeniably a work of art worthy of any serious collector's admiration.
For further reading on this car, and to see how it stacks up against a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster, see Duel in the Sun from evo.