The new Zagato models pay tribute to Aston Martin's 100th anniversary
The DB9 was built for well-known car collector Peter Read
Its owner says the cars "personify the timelessness of the Aston Martin/Zagato marque"
Its predecessor, the DB7 Zagato, was a successful model - all 99 were sold prior to production
The DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial sports a 'double bubble' roof
The DBS was commissioned by a Japanese collector
Zagato says it "brings sporty styling together with a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel"
The DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial is a one-off model
Both cars appeared at the company's recent centenary celebrations at Kensington Gardens
The heavily revised grille is one of the more noticeable changes
Zagato, an Italian coachbuilder, has created two special Aston Martins to commemorate the firm's 100th anniversary.
The DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial, which was commissioned by car collector Peter Read, is a one-off model that takes inspiration from the DB7 Zagato.
Peter Read said, "The DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial perfectly merges Aston Martin and Zagato's DNA by combining the elegance of design, typical of Zagato, with the soul, power and prestige of Aston Martin."
A Japanese collector was responsible for the commissioning of the other new Zagato model, the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial. It's reminiscent of Zagato models from the ’50s, with its 'double bubble' roof and sleek styling.
Norihiko Harada, Zagato's chief designer, said, "Redesigning the DBS was a difficult job. The DBS is already one of the most beautiful modern sports cars around. Our challenge was to bring sporty styling together with a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel".
Aston Martin's collaboration with Zagato began in 1960, with the unveiling of the DB4 GT Zagato at the London Motor Show in October. Other models that the companies have worked together on include the V12 Zagato, the V8 Zagato and the DB7 Zagato.
Besides the two new Zagato models, Kensington Gardens recently played host to a spectacular line-up of Aston Martins, including the 1922 'A3' and the CC100 Speedster Concept. For more pictures from the event, click here.