The Zagato design house has created plenty of beautiful machines with a wide variety of automakers over the years. But for many car fans it’s the collaboration between Zagato and Aston Martin that has created the most special automotive specimens.
The first and possibly most important, was the iconic Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To mark the event, the British automaker and the famous Italian design house have reconnected on a new project that could potentially head into limited production. Details on this latest collaboration remain scarce but the concept is set to be revealed at the forthcoming Villa D’Este Concours on May 21 to check initial customer reaction with a production model possibly following as early as next year.
For now, a teaser rendering has been released with little else except speculation that the new Aston Martin Zagato could be based on the mechanical hardware and platform of the current V8 Vantage.
Aston Martin boss, Dr. Ulrich Bez, said: “Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time.”
The Italian design house first worked with Aston Martin in 1961 building the DB4GT Zagato, which was a restyled and lighter version of the standard production car. Only 19 examples were ever built.
The two companies wouldn’t get together for another 25 years, but in 1986 they released a limited run of the V8 Vantage Zagato and then the V8 Zagato Volante. The Vantage Zagato was able to sprint to 100kph in 4.8 seconds and had a top speed of 300km/h.
Their most recent collaboration took place at the Paris Motor Show back in 2002 with the introduction of the DB7 Zagato of which 99 examples were built for sale and one was kept by Aston Martin.