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Aston Martin Zagato

Aston Martin Zagato

The first Zagatos were produced in the early 1960s, and a meeting in 1984 between AM chairman Victor Gauntlett and Gianni Zagato led to the idea of recreating that Zagato styling magic on a new Aston to revive the line-up. It was 1986 that production of the Zagato began, with almost $7 million taken in orders based on the sketches alone. Underneath the car used the V8 Vantage floorpan shortened by 16 inches (406mm). It had a double wishbone front and a de Dion rear, which allowed the huge rear vented discs to be moved inboard for quicker suspension movement. The short-stroke all-alloy V8 dated back to 1969 but had been steadily improved, featuring twin overhead chain-driven camshafts, four Weber carbs, Cosworth pistons and a less restrictive intake and exhaust. The Zagato was every bit a supercar with a claimed 180mph (290km/h) top speed, but only 75 were produced.

Aston Martin Zagato Specifications

Top speed:183 mph (292 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:326 ci (5,340 cc)
Transmission:5-speed auto
Max power:432 bhp (322 kW) @ 6,200 rpm
Max torque:395 lb ft (534 Nm) @ 5,100 rpm
Weight:3,630 lb (1,650 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.2 km/I)

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