Aston Martin Centennial DB9 Spyder Zagato

Looking for a unique Aston Martin? This Aston Martin Centennial DB9 Spyder by Zagato is a one-off-a-kind DB9 and it’s up for auction at Monterey (USA) on August 14-15.

In 2013 Aston Martin and Zagato built three vehicles to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary: the DBS Coupé, a Virage Shooting Brake and this DB9 Spyder. Zagato’s cooperation with Aston Martin started 50 years ago with the remarkable DB4 GT Zagato. The Italian coachbuilder has a long standing history of creating unique cars. And this one is no exception.Aston Martin Centennial DB9 Spyder Zagato - Robin Adams ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Zagato started with a “standard” US-spec 2013 DB9 Volante (chassis SCFFDABM1DGB14756) and redesigned the nose and rear. The nose has some classic touches but most of all makes the car look a bit sad. Which is a pity if you ask me. At the back the design is more coherent and the tail lights really stand out. Eyecatchers are the two aluminium strips on the bonnet which run along the side to merge into a nameplate between the rear seats.
On the inside the changes are limited to stainless steel trim elements and a green stripe in the seats mimicking the exterior colour. Which is basically ok since the standard interior is already very nicely done. The classic combination of British Racing Green an a beige interior is one of my all-time favourites.Aston Martin Centennial DB9 Spyder Zagato - Robin Adams ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Only 2,300 miles are covered by its first Californian owner and the car still has its factory warranty on all of its mechanical components until March 2016. So basically it’s brand new.
Besides the one-off bespoke changes it remains a true Aston Martin DB9 to drive and to enjoy. The 6.0 litre V12 still produces 510 bhp controlled by a six-speed automatic gearbox. And adaptive dampers and four-wheel carbon-ceramic disc brakes offer equal comfort and stopping power. The question is not when but if you dare to drive such a unique coachbuilt one-off?

The car will be put on auction in Monterey (California, USA) on August 14-15 by RM Sotheby’s. Prices are rumoured to be around $400,000-450,000, about the double of a DB9 Volante. But probably a wise future investment considering its unique blend of Zagato and Aston Martin DNA.