Aston Martin makes beautiful cars. There's no argument there as this is an automotive fact. The Milan, Italy-based Zagato design house, however, can take any car and make it mobile art. It's done just that with the Aston Martin V12 Zagato, a limited-edition show stopper that makes our hearts hurt here in Frankfurt.

Why the heartache? We don't have the necessary £330,000 to buy one. That figure works out to roughly $522,000 U.S. greenbacks, and once you hear the noise this car makes you'll feel a bit better about the pricetag. It also helps that Aston Martin and Zagato will only build 150 examples in total. Production is slated to start in the summer of 2012, which means we have an awful lot of lawns to mow to get ready.

We were expecting that the show car displayed here in Frankfurt would be the production-ready model, but what we had instead was the same example that was shown at Villa d'Este and Pebble Beach, and raced at the Nurburgring. Only this one did away with the spoiler in favor of a new trunk lid. And maybe some new wheels. Check it out for yourself in our gallery of live shots for a closer look.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      lol, these people (the commenters) want to see a triangle car to get excited about. This is a beautiful car.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Aston you are capable of much better. Redo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't look British enough. I think it's good looking but hate the Italian in it! No offense to Italy- but you have enough influence on exotic designs!!!
      Krishan Mistry
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was kinda hoping for a power boost over the V12 Vantage it is based on, especially if it is going to cost roughly twice to three times as much and so few are being made. 600hp would be perfect, but I guess you buy this Zagato because you want a rolling sculpture and everyday Astons don't snare the eye enough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dunno I just can't get myself to be excited about this car. It looks too much like a regular Aston in the first place, and we've been looking at the same Aston shape for like, forever. The front end of this machine is so rounded it looks like 1993 is calling. I'm sorry Aston but it's time to at least ADD a new shape to the lineup. It's not that the current shape isn't pretty, it is, but it's just been around too long and it doesn't excite me anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What an absolute beauty...too bad about that price tag
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw this at Cars & Coffee a few weeks ago, gorgeous in person, and it sounds even better than it looks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saw the same car in person after Cars & Coffee, still think it looks like a sleeker GT-R with an Aston front bumper.
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