If you’ve got an eye for rare cars and tremendously deep pockets, then you might want to check out this 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato prototype, selling for £530,000 ($670,000).
Marked ‘chassis 20011’, it is just one of three similar prototypes and one of two configured in right-hand drive – built ahead of the original limited production run of around 50 V8 Zagato coupe units. This prototype is being sold through specialist dealer Pendine Historic Cars.
Special through and through
The restored exterior is finished in Gladiator Red, while its overall unique spec was commissioned by Aston Martin enthusiast Wensley Hayden-Baillie, a close friend of former Aston Martin Lagonda chairman, Victor Gauntlett.
“Chassis 20011 is a well-known Aston Martin and is surely one of the finest examples of all of the V8 Zagatos built,” said Pendine founder James Mitchell. “According to the current owner, who has raced and driven more V8 Zagatos than most, it drives unlike the other cars and is visceral by comparison. This is a special car which seriously deserves recognition for its place in the marque’s genesis.”
Like all cars commissioned by Hayden-Baillie, chassis 20011 boasts an exceptionally high specification and is one of only four known to feature the 432 PS (426 HP) motor, as well as one of just two with an integral roll bar. Inside, it has black leather seats, a leather covered steering wheel and dashboard, a walnut center console and authenticity plaques.
Other mods include a lighter weight and shorter wheelbase, and the absence of rear seats, for performance purposes.
Its factory quoted 0-60 time is under five seconds and the top speed is rated at around 190 mph (305 km/h) – at the time, this was Aston Martin’s fastest ever model.