We would like to thank the guys at The Classic Motor Hub for sharing some rare photos of the first ever Aston Martin DB7 Zagato that was ever made, from a run of just 99 built worldwide. The DB7 Zagato is loaded up on a Woodford Galaxy Trailer ready to be delivered to its new owner.
For the petrol heads out there here is some facts on the Aston Martin DB7 Zagato –
The Aston Martin DB7 Zagato continued a relationship that had started in 1961 with Zagato’s legendary development of the DB4GT. It was first unveiled in July 2002 to a select group of clients at a private event on London’s Savile Row, at the premises of bespoke tailor Gieves & Hawkes. The reaction was immediate: by the time it was shown to the world’s press later that month, the entire limited-edition run of 99 cars had been sold.
The DB7 Zagato project had its roots in a chance meeting at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Dr Ulrich Bez and Andrea Zagato were both acting as judges, and over dinner Bez proposed the idea of a new collaboration between them. The initial sketches were completed less than a month later and the brief was for a more muscular and compact car than the standard DB7 – a design element that evoked the DB4GT Zagato.
Following a review by Aston Martin’s design team, the go-ahead was given in March 2002 for a prototype to be developed. Codenamed ‘Georgia’, it featured an all-new body that was hand-beaten by the craftsmen at Zagato. Aluminium alloy was used for the bonnet, doors and boot, while the front wings and the signature ‘double bubble’ roof were steel.
After the body had been constructed in Italy, each DB7 Zagato returned to Aston Martin’s Bloxham site in the UK for final assembly. Eight layers of paint and lacquer were applied, while the double-stitched aniline leather used inside was immersed in a dye bath in order to acquire its final colour – a process that retained the material’s soft touch.
This was far from being just a styling exercise, though. The car’s wheelbase had been reduced by 60mm compared to the standard DB7, while stiffer springs and dampers were fitted in order to improve its handling. Changes to the 6-litre V12’s fuel injection and ignition timing boosted power from 420bhp to 435bhp, and a lower axle ratio was used in order to improve acceleration.
Performance was staggering – a top speed of 184mph and a 0-60mph time of five seconds – and its status as a driver’s car was boosted by the fact that only a six-speed manual gearbox was available. There was no automatic option.
Much rarer than the subsequent Vanquish Zagato, the DB7 Zagato was a spectacular ‘last hurrah’ for the model that is credited with saving the marque, and its status as a collector’s car has only grown in the past two decades.
The Classic Motor Hub near Bibury is more than just a showroom. It operates on a five-acre site in Gloucestershire dedicated to classic car and motorbike sales, and events for motoring enthusiasts.
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