Aston Martin recently introduced the new DBS Superleggera as the replacement for the old Vanquish, basing it on the new DB11 and incorporating all the fresh technologies that includes. But before it did, the British automaker partnered again with Zagato on a special run of coachbuilt examples. And they went pretty quickly. But if you still held out hope of getting your hands on one, we have good news.
Listed for sale on JamesEdition by German dealer Mechatronik is one of just 28 examples made of the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, looking rather understated in grey. With just 11 miles (17 kilometers) on the odometer, it’s practically new. But it’ll cost you a pretty penny or two to put in your driveway.
€1,499,000, to be specific – or about $1.7 million at today’s rates. Which is pretty darn expensive, even by Aston standards. That cash gets you one unspeakably gorgeous roadster, but hardly the cutting edge.
While it may be a 2018 model, the Vanquish Zagato is based on old tech. Unlike the new DBS that’s built atop an all-new platform, the Vanquish is based on the old VH architecture that dates back to 2001, when the first-gen V12 Vanquish debuted. And it still packs the same old engine, too: Gaydon’s long-serving 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12, albeit kicking out 595 horsepower (444 kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque – substantially more than the 414 hp (309 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) it first produced when it was introduced in the DB7 Vantage in 1999, but a fair bit less than the 715 hp (533 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) in the new Superleggera.
It is, however, draped in some of the most beautiful bodywork that’s ever been stretched over four wheels. And in this Speedster version could be the most enticing of the four versions offered, alongside the coupe, cabrio, and shooting brake. But any way you look at it, $1.7 million is an awful lot of money to spend on such old equipment, no matter how rare or beautiful.