Italian coachbuilder creates two centennial celebration models after commissions from customers

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

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22 July 2013

Unpleasant flash-backs of the Rolls Royce Camargue and Aston Martin Lagonda are coming to me!


22 July 2013

Au contraire mon ami, these are quite possibly the most striking and interesting cars I've seen in quite a while.

22 July 2013

Kill it before it lays eggs.

22 July 2013

Rear ends, stunning as Zagatos ever are.

Front? Not convinced, seems to have lost the elegance of the standard cars.

22 July 2013

Aston Martin's that look completely different to the current ones, at least you can tell which one is which with these.

22 July 2013

OMG. A Zagato design that I actually like. Looks great! They have a strange 60s, 'Riviera' quality about them. Can just see them now parked outside the Casino in Monaco. Very original and they fit the DB9 surprisingly well, which is often not the case with their custom jobbies.

22 July 2013

Question though. Would that high nose pass European standards?


22 July 2013


Zagato have been dining out on the glorious DB4 GT Zagato for 50 years.


I remain unconvinced by almost all of their subsequent efforts.

22 July 2013

Jinx59 is right,

there's definitely something of the 60s/early 70s Italian motor, from Lambo to Lancia via Ferrari, about them both. Even a hint of Swiss Monteverdi perhaps?

The coupe wins it on styling, for me. Classy work.

22 July 2013

For me it is Fulvia meets P1800, but classy never the less. A stirling effort and very boulevard elegant. 


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