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  Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1986 - 1988
Numbers built:51
Introduced at:1986 Geneva Motor Show
Price new:£87,000
Designed by:Zagato
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 27, 2016
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWhen Aston Martin needed a competitive version of their GT racer, the DB4 GT, they turned to Zagato. The Italian coach builder specialized in constructing light weight, slippery bodies, ideally suited for racing needs. Although the finished product was not the competition success hoped for, its rarity and stunning looks have made the DB4 GT Zagato one of the most sought after Aston Martin models. Some twenty years later Aston Martin and Zagato teamed up once again to relive the success had with the DB4. The plan was to build a limited edition Zagato bodied version of the V8 Vantage model.

Both companies officially announced the plans at the 1985 Geneva Motorshow, where a first sketch was shown of the new car. After the Zagato treatment the V8 Vantage was set to be smaller, lighter and capable of a top speed of over 300 km/h. Production was limited to only 50 examples, which made the competition look like common cars. Long before the actual design was completed, Aston Martin had received the down payments for the complete run. Actually the demand pushed the prices up to many times the 70,000 Pounds sticker; the market expected to see a similar surge in prices as seen on the DB4 GT Zagato.

All seemed well, until testing proved that the new Fuel Injection version of the V8 engine would not be powerful enough to meet the 300 km/h goal set. This was relatively easily fixed by equipping the engine with Weber Carburetors again, but this made the engine substantially taller. Unfortunately there was no space under the aerodynamic Zagato body to house this engine, so the team either had to accept the lower top speed or modify the engine cover to fit the engine. The latter was opted for, resulting in an enormous bulge on the bonnet, which was not liked by all customers.

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