While there has been no shortage of exotic limited edition high performance cars built in the last few years, when it comes to rarity there is nothing more desirable than a one-off. This Aston Martin Zagato DB9 Spyder was designed to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary in 2013. Rather than being a simple concept the Spyder was built as a fully functioning car and sold to a collector in California. It has now been revealed that this car is to be auctioned at the 2015 RM Sotheby’s sale in Monterey in August. An estimate places it between $380,000 and $450,000 which seems conservative for such a rare and desirable vehicle. It could make an excellent investment for a well funded collector.
designed by Zagato Atelier’s Chief Designer, Norihiko Harada, along with a similarly styled DBS coupe and a Virage Shooting Brake (which followed in 2014) this unique convertible was hand built by the Italian coachbuilder. The elegant bodywork was generally well accepted and clearly influenced the later design for the luxurious Lagonda Taraf super saloon. It features DB9 running gear with a 510bhp 6-litre V12 engine and carbon ceramic brakes and is finished in Aston Martin Racing Green paintwork with a Sahara Tan leather interior. The car was shown widely at events including the Kensington Palace Aston Martin Centenary Celebrations and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegence.
Owner Peter Reed was involved in the commissioning of the Aston Martin Zagato DB9 Spyder as well as being connected with other collaborative projects such as the 2003 DB7 Zagato and DB AR1. The sale of this car suggests that he may now have a new project in mind.