Years back, I was fortunate enough to see a 1986 Aston Martin Zagato being built. Its creator was bashing out an aluminium front wing with a hammer, using a tree-stump as a former. They really did hand fashion alloy-bodied cars at Zagato back then, just as they had for decades before, and it was quite a sight.

So was the resulting V8-based Aston, whose nose was dominated – or ruined, depending on your aesthetic sensibilites – by the appearance of the improbably large bonnet bulge required to house the car’s Weber carburettors.

Aston V8 Zagato

It was not a pretty car, the V8 Zagato, and certainly not the sublime creation that its predecessor, the DB4 GT Zagato, was.

Aston DB4 GT Zagato