2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato
$280,000 - $350,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 2018 - Offered on: Friday, August 24, 2018
- One of only 99 examples built
- Offered in the rare Sky Silver Metallic over White Magnolia
- Only 792 miles from new
Looking to reinvigorate sales and interest in the Aston Martin brand, the Gaydon-based marque once again teamed up with Zagato in 2002 to create a limited-production, coachbuilt grand touring car in the spirit of the DB4GT Zagato of the 1960s and the V8 Vantage Zagato of the 1980s. A design collaboration between Andrea Zagato and Aston Martin’s then-chief designer Henrik Fisker, the DB7 Zagato utilized key design cues from both Aston Martin and Zagato to give the car a distinct look but make it instantly recognizable to enthusiasts as a product borne from both marques.
As the U.S. market had not offered the DB7 Zagato coupe, it was only appropriate that Aston Martin and Zagato offer another limited-production product exclusively for its American clients. Thus, the DB AR1 was born. First shown at the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show, the DB AR1 was an exciting fully open roadster that was based off the DB7 Vantage Volante rather than its closed sibling, and it was instantly regarded as one of the finest designs that both Aston Martin and Zagato had produced. As seen here, cars equipped with the six-speed manual transmission were fitted with an uprated “GT” version of the 6.0-liter V-12 engine, which produced 435 hp and provided the car with a 0–60 time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph.
The DB AR1 offered here, the 72nd of only 99 examples built, was originally ordered by an Aston Martin enthusiast in Colorado, before being sold to the sunnier climes of Florida in 2011. Entirely original, with just 792 miles on the odometer, this exceptional roadster is a beautiful example of what has become a highly collectable Aston Martin, in unusual and very attractive colors, no less.