Rare Aston Martin V8 Vantage Prototype Has An Eye-Popping Price

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It’s one of only three in the world.

This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Zagato. For nearly 60 years, the Italian coachbuilder has collaborated with Aston Martin to create some truly awe-inspiring cars such as the classic DB4 GT Zagato and the stunning Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. To celebrate Zagato’s centenary, the two companies are collaborating to make a track-only DB4 GT Zagato Continuation car and a new road-legal DBS GT Zagato limited to 19 units each.

The catch, however, is that you can only buy them as a $7.8-million pair. Deliveries for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will start in Q4 2019, while the DBS GT Zagato is slated to arrive a year later in Q4 2020. If you can’t wait until then, a very rare 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage prototype is currently for sale at Car and Classic.

Chassis 20011 was built before the 52 Zagato Coupes went into production. It’s one of only three that were built by a friend of the company’s chairman at the time, Victor Gauntlett. Finished in Gladiator Red with a black leather interior, it was one of four cars equipped with a 432-hp V8 since the production cars were slightly less powerful, and one of two with the integrated roll-bar. 0-62 mph was achieved in just 4.8 seconds before the prototype could reach a top speed of 186 mph.

The rare prototype has only had three owners and received a comprehensive four-year restoration carried out by specialists in New Zealand before it was shown at Villa d’Este in 2016 and at the City of London Concours in 2017. It’s thought to be among the "finest” V8 Zagatos ever built.

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When it launched in 1986, the production version of the V8 Vantage was the fastest car Aston Martin had ever built, with a 0-62 mph time of less than five seconds and a top speed of around 190 mph. It was also lightweight and shorter than the standard Vantage. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Aston Martin history, but you’ll need to have a spare £530,000 ($669,200) lying around to drive this rare V8 Vantage Zagato prototype away.

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