Zagato Aston Martin Centennial roadster concept - rear three-quarter viewCreating custom Aston Martin cars has become a specialty for Italian coachbuilder Zagato. It's no surprise then that Zagato is getting in on the 100-year celebration of the British sports car maker with a pair of one-off models for two very dedicated – and presumably wealthy – automotive connoisseurs. Both rebodied Astons ditch the iconic designs of the DBS and DB9 in favor of a "more Mediterranean" appearance that adds a whole new level of sexiness to these cars, with squared-off edges and wider rear haunches.

The DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial is heading to an unnamed Japanese entrepreneur, while the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial (based on the DB9 Volante) will wind up here in America in the possession of Aston Martin collector Peter Read. The wide, flat grille is somewhat recognizable as an Aston Martin, but it looks like the only visual parts carried over from the production cars to these Zagatos are the door handles. Scroll down for a brief press release covering both cars, which points out that the Coupe's double-bubble roof pays homage to Zagato models from the19'50s.
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Milan, July 2013. Zagato Atelier pays tribute to Aston Martin's 100th Anniversary with the announcement of two very special projects: the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, delivered to a young and prestigious Japanese entrepreneur and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, conceived for the well known American car collector Peter Read

The Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial is an exotic cross of Aston Martin DNA with
Italian flair and Milanese inspiration, sporting a 'double bubble' roof design, reminiscent of
Zagato cars from the 1950s.

Norihiko Harada, Zagato's Chief Designer explains; "Redesigning the DBS was a difficult job. The
DBS is already one of the most beautiful modern sports cars around. Our challenge was to bring
sporty styling together with a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel, all with typical Zagato quality."
A project supported by Ennio Capasa, Creative Director of CoSTUME NATIONAL, whose creative
influence is visible throughout the interior.

The beauty of this car is due to a amalgamation of sportiness and elegance. The smooth tail section
gives it a great presence and the final result is unveiled today: a highly personalised and unique
thoroughbred Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, brimming with soul and style in the
great tradition of Aston Martin Zagato's.

The history began in 2001 when Dr. Ulrich Bez approved a design for the DB7 Zagato, which was inspired and financed by the Zagato team, comprising of Andrea and Marella Zagato and Peter Read, a long time enthusiast and collector of Aston Martins.

Due to the success of the DB7 Zagato (all 99 units were sold at the Paris Motor Show prior to production) and with the approval and collaboration of Aston Martin, the same team designed, developed and produced a one-off DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial. This creation honours the heritage, power and elegance of Aston Martin's Centenary.

The team's vision is best expressed by Peter Read; "The DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial perfectly merges Aston Martin and Zagato's DNA by combining the elegance of design, typical of Zagato, with the soul, power and prestige of Aston Martin, all developed over the last 100 years. This car personifies the timelessness of the Aston Martin/Zagato marque."

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      Marc André LaBelle
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm mixed. This car reminds me of something "The Thunderbirds" would be driving. Or maybe a "60's futurist" design.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Front 3/4 look on the coupe looks like an old Volvo P1800!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this is beautiful.
      • 2 Years Ago
      For some reason I look at this and think Lancia, not Aston.
      • 2 Years Ago
      While the styling does come off as somewhat derivative, I find it beautiful. The criticisms could have been made in the 60's as well.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm very surprised at the amount of negative comments... this is a STUNNER!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah, I just don't see how anyone can call this ugly in the least. Drop dead sexy
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree, a magnificent car. Such a wonderfully fresh departure from those repetitively boring Aston Martins of the last 10 years. Zagato managed to hide the chassis sourced from Ford via Jaguar. Right there it is an improvement.
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      This design gives a whole new meaning to the word "hideous".
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing has a face that only amother could love! To this day, I am still flabergasted as to why people still think that Zagato is a skilled design house. I mean seriously, did they even look at this thing before they released it. I am not convinced. #fail!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it's Zagato, but I've gotta be real...this is hideous. O_o
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh man... I normally love Zagato creations, but this is hideous. It looks like a photoshop job of Dodge Challenger and a Aston Martin. It looks "saggy, and depressed".
      P H
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did someone say that it looks like a challenger with Aston Martin parts? similar to a really bad kit car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, who put the Ford grill on the P1800.
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