- Built by Zagato to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary
- The only example of its kind
- Single ownership, with 2,300 miles from new
- An excellent example of bespoke 21st century coachwork
510 bhp, 5,935 cc DOHC aluminum V-12 engine, six-speed Touchtronic automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, and adaptive dampers, and four-wheel carbon-ceramic disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 107.8 in.
Zagato and Aston Martin have enjoyed a wonderful partnership since the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato hit the road 50 years ago, resulting in a number of spectacular models being produced between the two. Zagato decided to create their own interpretation on Aston Martin’s current models in an effort to help celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary in 2013, pushing the brand’s styling in a new direction, while also honoring some models from Aston Martin’s past.
The styling was intended to recall iconic Aston Martins from the 1970s and 1980s, such as the DBS, V8 Vantage, and V8 Virage. The snub nose penned by Zagato’s designers gives it a character all its own and a more aggressive personality, while still retaining an air of elegance, as any Aston Martin should. Its front-end design carries through to the rear, where Zagato fitted unique taillights that mimic the design of the headlights, as well as a similarly squared-off tail. The interior remains instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with modern Aston Martins, and it has remained largely unchanged, with the exception of stainless steel trim and a green stripe, mimicking the exterior color, down the center of the front and rear seats.
The Centennial Spyder Concept began life as a standard U.S.-specification 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Volante. It was purchased new by its first and only owner and immediately shipped to Zagato’s facilities in Italy to be fitted with custom, one-off coachwork. The work took about a year, and in accordance with its name, the car debuted alongside a similarly styled DBS Coupe at Aston Martin’s Centenary festivities in Kensington Gardens in July 2013, where both it and the DBS were very well received.
Following their unveiling at Kensington Gardens, the pair of Aston Martins traveled across the Atlantic to Pebble Beach, where they were shown on the concept lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. From there, the Centennial Spyder Concept would remain in California with its sole owner, and it has been well-preserved and occasionally driven over the past two years.
The car, currently showing 2,300 miles from new, received a service from an authorized Aston Martin dealership at 1,200 miles and has just recently completed its second service. It is also important to note that, despite its custom coachwork, the car retains its factory warranty on all of its mechanical components until March 2016. The Centennial Spyder Concept presents as new, and it runs and drives just as any other 2013 DB9 Volante should. Even though it is a coachbuilt one-off, it is definitely reliable and comfortable enough to be driven on a daily basis, should that be the intention of its next caretaker.
Aston Martin and Zagato only built three vehicles to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary, the DBS Coupe, the DB9 Spyder presented here, and a Virage Shooting Brake that was unveiled at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours in September 2014. It is incredibly unlikely that either the Coupe or the Shooting Brake will become available for sale in the near future, making the opportunity to acquire the Centennial Spyder Concept very special indeed.