This Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato was the second car to be born from the wedding of the two brands, the first being the simply stunning DB4 GT Zagato — with just 19 race versions built, they now reach well in excess of $15 million apiece — and more recently there’s been the DB7 Vantage Zagato, the 2011 V12 Vantage Zagato, and the freshly released Vanquish Zagato. In the early 1980s, Aston Martin engaged Zagato to take a look at the Vantage shell with a view of making it a sleeker, faster beast by improving aerodynamics and shortening the chassis. The result was a modern if somewhat demure take on what a road-going race car should be.

It was pretty well acknowledged by enthusiasts and Aston Martin that this particular car was the best road car it had ever built. No electronics, and a ZF five-speed mated with a fire-breathing V8. “As a road car, the formula was perfect,” the owner said.

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Ashley Webb

Ashley Webb joined Parkside Media 10 years ago as Advertising Manager for the newly created NZV8 magazine. When the opportunity arose to work on New Zealand Classic Car magazine as Assistant Editor just over eight years ago, he couldn't resist the challenge and has worked on the magazine ever since, and is now the Editor of New Zealand Classic Car.
Ashley is passionate about most classic cars and has a particular interest in late ’60s US muscle cars.