The V12 powertrain combined with the sensual lines penned by Zagato was a marriage made in heaven. The thing is, Aston Martin only built 150 Zagato-bodied Vantage V12s for road use and all of them were snapped up pretty quickly, despite a starting price of £330,000 ($528,000 at today’s exchange rates) excluding taxes.
It was a pretty sweet deal for those who bought one, as the Vantage V12 Zagato currently goes for well over $1 million — assuming you can find one. Nevertheless, if you’re in the market for a Vantage V12 Zagato but don’t want to get a used example, we’ve got good news.
The Italian coachbuilder has decided to bring back the Vantage V12 Zagato for an additional production run of 38 units. They won’t be built by Aston Martin, however. With the British luxury car manufacturer’s blessing, Zagato Milano has struck a deal with Switzerland’s AF Racing AG, a traditional motorsport partner for Aston Martin as well as a partner in the Valkyrie hypercar project.
AF Racing will handle production at its subsidiary Vynamic GmbH, with the project also marking the launch of the Swiss company’s R-Reforged brand. Each of the 38 cars will be commissioned by AF Racing AG with each client and in close cooperation with Zagato Milano.
The car’s official (and long) name of Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged hints at the fact that there will be two versions available: Coupé and Speedster. This is quite remarkable, since Aston never built a Speedster body style, at least as far as we know. As the photos reveal, though, the Speedster variant takes inspiration from the Vanquish Zagato Speedster.
The ultra-limited production run that’s evenly split between the Coupé and the Speedster will honor Zagato’s 100th anniversary. “The Aston Martin V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged are an exceptional tribute to our very own heritage. They are the most beautiful retro-future (neo-classic) designed Zagatos to be ever produced,” said Zagato Milano CEO Dr. Andrea Zagato.
That’s quite a bold statement, given the stunning models launched in recent years, but who are we to argue with a man whose last name is Zagato? Deliveries of the two limited run Vantage V12s will start in the fourth quarter of 2019.