2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato
Sold For $307,500Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
- Two owners and less than 2,000 miles from new
- The 12th of just 99 examples produced
- Finished in the iconic Aston Martin Racing Green over Light Tan
- Fitted with a six-speed manual transmission
- Includes original owner's manuals, two umbrellas, and numbered car cover
Looking to reinvigorate sales and interest in the Aston Martin brand, Ford teamed up with the legendary Italian coachbuilder Zagato in 2002 to create a limited-production grand touring car in the spirit of the DB4 GT Zagato of the 1960s and the V8 Vantage Zagato of the 1980s. In designing a car more alluring than the current model DB7, a car already considered to be one of the most attractive of its era, Zagato certainly had their work cut out for them. However, the Italian design house did not disappoint, and the resulting cars, the DB7 Zagato and DB AR1, are considered by many to be two of the most attractive Aston Martins ever produced. Although the DB7 Zagato coupes were only available in the European and Asian markets, the roadster was produced especially for the American market, hence the "AR1" designation.
First shown at the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show, the DB AR1 was an exciting fully open roadster that remained largely similar to its closed sibling. It was instantly regarded as one of the best designs that either Aston Martin or Zagato had ever produced. It offered time-honored Zagato design cues with a modern flair combined with exceptional performance. It quickly became one of the most desirable Aston Martins of modern times.
The AR1 accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and offers a top speed of 186 mph, figures only slightly bettered by the legendary Vanquish. It is powered by the more powerful 'GT' version of the 6.0-liter Vanquish V12 with 435 bhp on tap. The active sports exhaust system with rear muffler bypass valves provide the DB AR1 with a very distinctive and thoroughly exciting exhaust note befitting such an automobile. The DB AR1 is also fitted with the DB7 GT quick-shift gear lever and special multi-spoke 19-in. alloy wheels with low-profile tires for excellent road-holding performance. Braking is supplied by Brembo discs and a V12 Vanquish brake booster unit for a firmer and more consistent pedal feel.
The car offered here is the 12th of just 99 Zagato roadsters built. It has seen just 1,958 original miles and two owners from new. It is presented in the iconic Aston Martin Racing Green with Light Tan leather interior with Dark Tan piping and Brown carpeting edged in matching Light Tan. It has been exceptionally maintained and presents as new in all respects. Included are the original owner's manuals, set of two umbrellas, and numbered car cover. Given that there were only 99 produced, examples of the Zagato DB AR1 do not come up for sale often. Low-mileage examples presented in highly desirable color schemes are even less common. As such, this DB AR1 must surely be considered by any sports car or Aston Martin collector. It deserves a new owner who will continue to cherish and maintain it with passion and care.