Zagato plans to separate as many Geneva show-goers from their savings as possible when it unveils the uniquely styled Aston Martin Vanquish Roadster at the Swiss show in March. As ever, the Italian outfit is being cagey with details; it’s hoping for maximum impact when the covers are taken off the show car. But if the Zagato-drawn DB7 American Roadster 1 – the last Aston styled by the company – is anything to go by, it should be a stunner. Expect a prominent grille, subtly accented curves and exquisite detailing – typified by the distinctive ‘Z’ characters behind the front wheels. It should also sell very quickly – Zagato anticipates a full order book before the end of the exhibition, although it won’t confess to hard numbers.
Aston itself has no plans to produce a topless version of the £158,000 supercar, so this may be the only chance for wealthy fans to get hold of one. In the longer term, Aston won’t be drawn on future Zagato specials based on the DB9, or on the cars its platform will father. ‘We’re not ruling out externally styled models,’ a spokesman said, ‘but don’t assume they’ll necessarily be produced by Zagato.’ The Milan-based coachbuilder has been associated with Aston for over 40 years and has turned out six models since it was originally contacted in 1960 to produce lightweight bodies for the Ferrari 250 GT-targeted DB4. The car was no match in terms of speed, but is seen as one of the most beautiful Astons.