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  Aston Martin Virage Zagato Shooting Brake
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:2014
Numbers built:One-Off
Designed by:Zagato
Source:Company press release
Last updated:September 08, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFor Zagato, 2014 is a very important year. It commemorates 95 years of continuous activity, innovative design and three generations of Zagato family leadership.

Following the world debut of the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, Zagato Atelier continues celebrating its 95th anniversary with the grand debut of the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato at the Chantilly Art & Elegance. This mark's Zagato's second world premiere in 2014.

This one-of-a-kind car was commissioned by a European client who desired an atelier-level, collectible modern car. This project signifies:
  • A bespoke Zagato design for an elite Aston Martin model with cutting-edge styling cues;
  • It pays homage to Zagato's artistic, Italian coachbuilding tradition on the canvas of a shooting brake body shape;
  • The completion of the Aston Martin-Zagato centennial trilogy, which started in 2013 with the highly-acclaimed DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial and DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial, to celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.
The Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato represents a new, exclusive creation for Aston Martin's limited range of elite models. It represents a point break in traditional modern Aston design that has characterized all Zagato cars since the introduction of the DB7. A modern interpretation with design cues of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Volante of the mid 80s, the new Shooting Brake Zagato creates surprise and fascination with a new shape while maintaining Zagato and Aston Martin's core design values.

In 2013, Zagato Atelier paid tribute to Aston Martin's 100th Anniversary with the announcement of the DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial, conceived for the well-known American car collector Peter Read, and the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial, delivered to a young Japanese collector of modern Zagato cars. Both cars were officially shown for the first time on the 21st of July at Kensington Gardens in London during the official celebration.

After Zagato's Coupé and Spider, the Shooting Brake marks the natural succession among the most appreciated body styles, both in the Italian and British tradition. As originally envisioned for Aston Martin's Centennial, Zagato's Trilogy arrives also in time with its own 95th Anniversary:
  • Three different Aston Martin donor cars: DBS, DB9 and VIRAGE.
  • Three different models of body works: Coupé, Spider and Shooting Brake.
  • Three clients from three different continents: Asia, America and Europe.
The Shooting Brake body has had different meanings throughout automotive history. Since the 60s, however, it commonly refers to a luxury coupé, rigorously-styled with two doors and a functional boot space. This body was created to accommodate drivers' sport and leisure passions, such as hunting or golf, while providing the exciting driving experience of a fast and exclusive GT. Nearly all of the most prestigious English marques include a Shooting Brake model (or an "authorized" conversion) in their model line.

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