Zagato Unveils Two Aston Martin Centennial Editions Based on the DBS and DB9 Volante

Aston Martin Zagato

I guess when you tun 100 years old, people give you really cool presents.  To celebrate the Aston Martin Centennial, coachmaker-extaordinaire Zagato has created what may be the two best birthday presents ever, the awe-inspiring DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial.  Unfortunately, neither Aston Martin nor your’s truly is the one getting the presents.  The DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial was delivered to a heretofore unnamed young Japanese businessman and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial is headed to the American car collector Peter Read.

The DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial pay homage to the classic Zagato Astons from the 1950s with the long swooping hood, wide squared-off grill and (on the Coupé) the iconic double-bubble roof.  These are two truly stunning cars.  As is apparent from the name, the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial is based on the outgoing Aston Martin DBS and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial draws its core from the DB9 Volante.

Peter Read and whoever this Japanese businessman is, they are very luck people.  The rest of us will have to be content with these drool-educing photos.  Enjoy…

Press Release

Aston Martin Zagato Press Release

ZAGATO FOR ASTON MARTIN 100th Anniversary Milan, July 2013. Zagato Atelier pays tribute to Aston Martin’s 100th Anniversary with the announcement of two very special projects: the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, delivered to a young and prestigious Japanese entrepreneur and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, conceived for the well known American car collector Peter Read DBS COUPÉ ZAGATO CENTENNIAL The Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial is an exotic cross of Aston Martin DNA with Italian flair and Milanese inspiration, sporting a ‘double bubble’ roof design, reminiscent of Zagato cars from the 1950s. Norihiko Harada, Zagato’s Chief Designer explains; “Redesigning the DBS was a difficult job. The DBS is already one of the most beautiful modern sports cars around. Our challenge was to bring sporty styling together with a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel, all with typical Zagato quality.” A project supported by Ennio Capasa, Creative Director of CoSTUME NATIONAL, whose creative influence is visible throughout the interior. The beauty of this car is due to a amalgamation of sportiness and elegance. The smooth tail section gives it a great presence and the final result is unveiled today: a highly personalised and unique thoroughbred Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, brimming with soul and style in the great tradition of Aston Martin Zagato’s. DB9 SPYDER ZAGATO CENTENNIAL The history began in 2001 when Dr. Ulrich Bez approved a design for the DB7 Zagato, which was inspired and financed by the Zagato team, comprising of Andrea and Marella Zagato and Peter Read, a long time enthusiast and collector of Aston Martins. Due to the success of the DB7 Zagato (all 99 units were sold at the Paris Motor Show prior to production) and with the approval and collaboration of Aston Martin, the same team designed, developed and produced a one-off DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial. This creation honours the heritage, power and elegance of Aston Martin’s Centenary. The team’s vision is best expressed by Peter Read; “The DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial perfectly merges Aston Martin and Zagato’s DNA by combining the elegance of design, typical of Zagato, with the soul, power and prestige of Aston Martin, all developed over the last 100 years. This car personifies the timelessness of the Aston Martin/Zagato marque.”


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