Italian coachbuilder Zagato Atelier has unveiled its latest project, the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato.
The bespoke project, commissioned by a European client, is designed to "pay homage to Zagato’s artistic, Italian coachbuilding tradition on the canvas of a shooting brake body shape".
Zagato's shooting brake was revealed at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours D'Elegance. The one-off Aston Martin is said to feature "cutting-edge" styling cues that "create surprise and fascination with a new shape."
Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated since 1960. The first Zagato Aston, the DB4 GT Zagato, was launched at the London motor show in October 1960; other cars produced since then include the Vantage-based V12 Zagato.
The reveal of the the new shooting brake marks the completion of the Aston Martin-Zagato centennial trilogy. In 2013 the DBS coupé Zagato Centennial and DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial were launched, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin.
This year Zagato celebrate 95 years of continual activity, three generations of Zagato family ownership and a host of dramatic and innovative designs. The company has also recently launched the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.
Coachbuilding companies and coachbuilt cars have seen somewhat of a revival recently, thanks to the increasing demand for more exclusive and heavily customised cars.
So significant is the interest that even major manufacturers, such as Bentley, are considering launching special divisions to meet the demand.
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