The first Zagatos were produced in the early 1960s, and a meeting in 1984 between AM chairman Victor Gauntlett and Gianni Zagato led to the idea of recreating that Zagato styling magic on a new Aston to revive the line-up. It was 1986 that production of the Zagato began, with almost $7 million taken in orders based on the sketches alone. Underneath the car used the V8 Vantage floorpan shortened by 16 inches (406mm). It had a double wishbone front and a de Dion rear, which allowed the huge rear vented discs to be moved inboard for quicker suspension movement. The short-stroke all-alloy V8 dated back to 1969 but had been steadily improved, featuring twin overhead chain-driven camshafts, four Weber carbs, Cosworth pistons and a less restrictive intake and exhaust. The Zagato was every bit a supercar with a claimed 180mph (290km/h) top speed, but only 75 were produced.
Aston Martin Zagato Specifications
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