2014 marks 95 years of continuous activity for the design house Zagato over three generations of Zagato family leadership. Aston Martin celebrated its 100th birthday last year. As a massive present, Zagato revealed two special editions of the DBS Coupe and DB9 Volante. Zagato have now released a third Aston the Virage Shooting Brake, revealed at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours d’Elegance.
This one-of-a-kind car was commissioned by a European client who desired an atelier-level, collectible modern car. This project signifies a bespoke Zagato design for an elite Aston Martin model with cutting-edge styling cues while it pays homage to Zagato’s artistic, Italian coach building tradition on the canvas of a shooting brake body shape.
The first partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato came to fruition in 1960 after Aston Martin sought to remove even more weight from the very special DB4GT. This exclusive racing GT car was shown in late 1960 at the London Motor Show and production began in early 1961.
Then, in 2011, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato, the car who celebrated 50 years of this relationship, was introduced in Villa d’Este as a race prototype and won the Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes. After a month, two cars competed in the Nurburgring 24 Hours but, at the same time, Zagato and Aston Martin started designing its road-going version. The final result, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was shown to the public at 2012 Kuwait Concours and, as a European Premiere, at the Geneva Motor Show.
The atelier didn’t reveal much in the way of technical details, but its underpinnings suggest it’s powered by Aston Martin’s 6.0-liter V12 with 490 horsepower. Whereas the previous models were commissioned by American and Japanese collectors, the Shooting Brake was built for a European customer.