2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato (Roadster)SOLD
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Estimate: $150,000-$200,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $187,000

435hp, 6.0 liter four-cam 48 valve V12 engine, six-speed manual transmission with twin plate racing clutch, four- wheel independent suspension, four-wheel vented Brembo disc brakes, 18" aluminum alloy wheels. Wheelbase: 102"

Since the early 1920s, the Zagato coachworks has been designing gorgeous, aerodynamic racing and touring bodies for dozens of manufacturers including Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Lancia, and of course, Aston Martin. The DB4 GT of the early 1960s, whose distinctive coachwork has made it one of the most desirable and valuable Astons to date, highlighted their collaboration with Aston Martin. After another brief partnership in the 1980s which included the Vantage Zagato Coupe and Volante Zagato, and a tremendously successful production run for the DB7 in the 1990s, it was determined that its departure required another infusion of Italian design.

To commemorate the end of the DB7 Vantage production run, Aston once again enlisted the expertise of Zagato Centrostile of Milano, Italy, a groundbreaking affair in more ways than one. The DB AR1 Zagato Roadster was first shown at the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show where it was an absolute sensation. While all roadster versions were sent to the United States, the Zagato Coupes were built exclusively for the British and European markets. The all-aluminum coachwork designed by the talented staff at Zagato is highlighted by elegant, sweeping lines. Additional unique features include a large radiator grille reminiscent of the DB4 GT Zagato, large rear wheel arches intended to accommodate the increased rear wheel tire size, and a sculpted rear end with round taillights, quite different from the DB7. It is a true roadster in that it carries only two passengers and has no top.

The remainder of the car is naturally purebred Aston Martin – four-cam, 48-valve 6.0-liter V12 engine putting out 435 horsepower, twin plate racing clutch, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel vented Brembo disc brakes, and 18" aluminum alloy wheels. The sumptuous interior is all Bridge of Weir leather with hand-stitched quilted seats that are electronically controlled, and for long drives a six speaker sound system with remote CD changer is also standard.

The DB AR1 offered here not only exemplifies the lasting legacy of the Aston-Zagato partnership but proudly carries a distinctive pedigree all its own.

Number 64 of 99, it has never been titled but its existence has been eternalized on the small screen, namely for two seasons on NBC ’ s Las Vegas, as the automobile of choice of James Caan ’ s character, Ed Deline. Though minor damage was sustained during filming, the Aston has been perfectly and expertly repaired by an Aston dealer. As such, it is here presented in Stronsay Silver with Medium Gray hides. The body is almost unbelievably sleek but decidedly Aston Martin, as evidenced by the distinctive, albeit enlarged, grille. A luxurious interior is bathed in sporty diamond-stitched leather and accented by black and silver trim, white-faced gauges, and even an optional aluminum shift knob. A large 435 horsepower V12 engine resides under the hood, producing over 400 foot-pounds of torque, propelling the Anglo-Italian rocket to a top speed of nearly 180mph. Befitting its Italian influence, the AR1 benefits from Brembo braking power.

Since the introduction of the fabled DB4 GT, Zagato has repeatedly proven its capacity for improving an already fantastic Aston Martin by adding a certain degree of Italian flair without overshadowing the car ’ s dignified British character. As presented here, the former car of Ed Deline, the tough casino boss of the Montecito, evokes the same qualities of Italian sexiness and British gentlemanliness so characteristic of any Zagato-bodied Aston Martin. Please note this car is being sold on an MSO and title will be issued accordingly.

Reference Number 11476

as of 7/21/2007

Car 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato (Roadster)
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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