V12? Check. Six-speed manual? Check.
Sixty-one examples. That's all that was made of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato despite an initial planned production run of 150 units. What happened? A lack of interest from customers. If people knew almost a decade ago when this Aston Martin Vantage-based beauty was unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Cuomo Italy that the combination of the naturally aspirated V12 and six-speed manual would soon become extinct then, perhaps, the remaining 89 cars would have been sold. We'll never know.
But every once in a while one of those 61 examples comes up for sale. Today is one of those days. This 2013 Zagato V12 is currently up for auction on Bring A Trailer and, as of this writing, the highest bid has already reached 500,000 big ones.
There's still nearly a week until the auction concludes. Like all V12 Zagatos, this one is powered by the now-deceased 6.0-liter quad-cam V12 totaling 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is routed to the rear rubber via a six-speed manual. Compared to the regular V12 Vantage, the Zagato features a restyled body from - you guessed it - Italian design house Zagato.
Its all-aluminum bodywork has the signature double-bubble roof and numerous other unique styling traits. It supposedly required over 2,000 hours to complete each hand-built example. This example is also the only one to have been ordered in the three-stage Fiamma Red paint.
The interior is trimmed in Obsidian Black leather with red accents and is equipped with carbon fiber seats, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, satellite navigation, and a rear-view camera. Other features include carbon ceramic brakes, an adjustable suspension, and 19-inch Zagato wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. The car was imported to the US under the federal "show or display" exemption because it was made for the European market only. It was later converted to meet EPA standards.
Despite being seven years old, there are just 3,200 miles on its clock. The sale includes a tool kit, manufacturer's literature, crystal keys, and even an umbrella. Happy biding, if you can afford to.