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    Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Volante 1986-1990

    Aston Martin Vantage Zagato Volante
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    IMO the coupe looks a lot better

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    Those running/fog lights look like they were taken directly from a European-spec Porsche 944.

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    Aston has been know to "borrow" parts (hell, half of the DB9 is Volvo), so I don't see why couldn't be from a Porsche. But then again... I don't think AM would go to Porsche for parts! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ_007
    Aston has been know to "borrow" parts (hell, half of the DB9 is Volvo), so I don't see why couldn't be from a Porsche. But then again... I don't think AM would go to Porsche for parts! :-)
    Porsche don't make lights though, do they.

    The lights would probably be standard units from Bosch or someone else who makes lights. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to share suppliers.
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    That is the ugliest Aston I've ever seen. Reminds me of a fox body mustang.

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    not a bad car. i just dont think it looks good in bright red............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    That is the ugliest Aston I've ever seen. Reminds me of a fox body mustang.
    I agree. Gotta see this Bulldog, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitdy
    I agree. Gotta see this Bulldog, though...
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    RM Auctions
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    AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £95,200

    320 bhp, 5,340 cc light-alloy V-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts and Bosch electronic fuel injection, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, de Dion rear axle with Watt linkage, trailing arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.8"

    - One of only 37 V8 Zagato Volantes produced
    - Just 4,800 miles and two owners from new
    - An exceedingly rare original LHD car with automatic gearbox

    Recalling one of the most celebrated post-war Aston Martins, the DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin once again joined forces with the renowned Italian coachbuilder to create the V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé. Remarkably, the entire order book for the limited production run of just 50 examples was filled on the strength of the basic concept, design drawings and a scale model at Geneva in 1985!

    The Zagato’s distinctive bodywork, rendered in lightweight aluminium, was a modern interpretation of the DB4GT. During the design process, Zagato trimmed the wheelbase of the contemporary V8 a little over 17 centimetres and deleted the rear seats, creating the first two-seat Aston Martin since the DB4GT. Underhood, the Tadek Marek-designed 5.3-litre, four-cam V-8 was uprated to 432 bhp, offering top speeds of some 300 km/h.

    Given the success of the Zagato Coupé, a Zagato Volante convertible debuted at Geneva in 1987. Despite the lack of a fixed roof, the Volante body provided more torsional rigidity than the prior coupé. Other changes included a revised grille and covered headlamps for the majority of the Volantes produced. The V-8 engine of the Volante produced over 320 bhp with Bosch fuel injection, negating the controversial hood bulge of the Coupé, which was required to clear the Weber carburettors of that model. While not as brutal as the Zagato Coupé, the Volante generated very strong performance nonetheless.

    Just 37 V8 Zagato Volantes were ultimately built, including only 12 original left-hand drive cars; of those, this example is one of four equipped with an automatic gearbox. It was sold new to Monaco via British Motors, and today, it is offered with only 4,800 actual miles showing and just two registered keepers from new. Stunning throughout, it is also complete with service bills totalling over £11 000 in the past two years to maintain it in as-new condition, including a replacement top. Presented with close attention to detail throughout, it remains a great example of an extremely rare and increasingly collectible thoroughbred motor car.

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