This will be the first Zonda sold at auction in seven years.
The Pagani Zonda was officially retired in 2013 with the track-only Revolucion. And yet here we are still talking about the Italian exotic in 2019. Since its retirement, Pagani has kept the Zonda alive with a slew of one-off commissions for wealthy clients.
One of the most recent examples was the Zonda Aether Roadster revealed in 2017 that was commissioned by the owner of the one-off Ferrari SP38. The one-off roadster is now looking for a new owner and will be going up for sale at RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi auction later this year, which will be the first time a Zonda has been sold at auction for seven years.
Visually, the Aether Roadster looks very striking thanks to its exposed carbon body and contrasting red accents adorning the front and side. Some of the components are also inspired by the Zonda Cinque Roadster, such as the carbon fiber roof scoop and the air intakes on the rear arches. Door straps also replace the handles, while the green push-button starter is borrowed from the Zonda R.
The Aether Roadster is also one of the most potent Zondas ever made, thanks to its naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12 engine producing 760 hp, paired with a purist-pleasing six-speed manual gearbox.
"Horacio Pagani's goal has always been to create a car that is both an engineering marvel and a work of art, and he's certainly achieved that in the Zonda Aether," said Michael Squire, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby's. "Each new Pagani model and example revealed has become immediately collectible, a true accomplishment for a relatively new manufacturer. The Aether is an incredible combination of form and function, one that's difficult to take your eyes off, and we look forward to finding it a new home within a discerning collection of sports and supercars at our inaugural Abu Dhabi sale."
If you thought the sold-out $3.3-million Huayra BC Roadster was expensive, this one-off Zonda Roadster is expected to sell for between $4.5 and $5.5 million when it goes up for auction on November 30.