V8 Vantage Zagato / Bonhams
During the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale in the upcoming weekend of 10 September 2016 in Chichester (UK) a very unique and ex-car of Rowan Atkinson will be offered for sale: 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé with registration no. 20013.
Short car description: this car is one of the 52 cars produced and was delivered to its original owner in 1986. The car was originally numbered as chassis ’11’, which was changed to ’13’ post-show and was a show car during the Geneva Motor Show.
In 1998 the car was bought by Rowan Atkinson. The car was immediately sent to Kingsley Riding-Felce and his team at Aston Martin Works Service for a ground-up rebuild as a competition car, for racing with the Aston Martin Owners Club.
The Weber fuel-injected engine, fitted with ceramic-coated exhaust headers delivers 482bhp and a flat torque curve (in excess of 350lb/ft from below 4,500 to 7,000rpm). In comparing to 1,800kgs for the standard car, the weight was reduced to 1,485kgs after the rebuild.
The V8 Vantage Zagato made its competition debut at Silverstone in 1999 and was subsequently campaigned with much success.
When the car was retired from competition in 2007, it returned to Works Service to be reconverted for ‘fast road’ use (road-legal and track-day). The Safety Devices roll cage’s bracing bars were removed, but are available for reinstallation should the car be raced again, thus ensuring FIA approval. A heater has been installed to improve ventilation, while ride heights were raised by 10mm to increase ground clearance for the road. The brake discs and pads were renewed all round, with the floating rotors discarded.
The current vendor purchased the Zagato at Bonhams’ Sale at Aston Martin Works Service in May 2008 (Lot 316) since when it has been professionally stored.
The full car description can be found on the official website of Bonhams.
Source: Bonhams (edited by AstonMartinZagato.com)
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