Is this Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake the most beautiful Aston Martin ever?

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The last of the Zagato re-designed Vanquishes is finally with us, and it's gorgeous inside and out. The Shooting Brake is the final of the four Zagato designed Vanquishes. First, there were the 'regular' Vanquish Zagato and Vanquish Zagato Volante, both limited to just 99 units each. Next came the sensational Vanquish Zagato Speedster, limited to just 28 units. Despite all costing well in excess of £500,000 they are all sold out.

But Aston left the best for last: the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is the kind of car that companies tease in concepts but never actually make. Not this time.

Aston will build 99 of these spectacular beauties and just as with the Zagatos above, all are already sold out. So even if you really want one and you need the better part of a million pounds burning a hole in your pocket or you are out of luck... Well, unless you have even more money, and you can wait till one of these inevitably gets flipped at auction.

But at least you can now properly appreciate its beauty in these all new official photos of what appears to be a production ready model.

The design is the stuff of automotive porn. If the roof of this thing doesn't get you going, then I'm afraid you have no heart nor soul. The 'V' shape that splits it down the middle is both totally unique and visually satisfying. It's the kind of car that could be at home at a race track paddock, a Monaco car park, or an art gallery.

The interior is of course full of leather with the 'Z' being embedded in the seats and door cards, but (and I feel bad saying it) I've always found modern Aston interiors a bit too... conservative and a little, uh... boring. Sorry Aston, but then again, without a nice million pounds in my account I'm not exactly their target market.

Judging by the amount of it in the rear of the car, Aston is probably eligible for some sort of record title for the the most carbon fibre used in a boot. All of the Zagato build Vanquishes are based on the Vanquish S platform with modified suspension. Power comes courtesy of 5.9-litre naturally-aspirated V12 good for 580 horsepower, so it will sound just as good as it looks.

It's not the first time they've done this: meet the Virage Zagato Shooting Brake

Back in 2014 to celebrate Aston's 100th birthday, Zagato built this dubious looking Shooting Brake based of the discontinued Virage. It sported a 6.0 V12 with 490 bhp. The two brands have worked together since 1960 when Zagato debuted it's version of the DB4.

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Comments (10)

  • My absolute favourite? The 1960-62 DB4 GT Zagato. From simply any angle it is beautiful...

      2 years ago
    • It is beautiful but personally I was never heel overhead for the DB4

        2 years ago
    • Interestingly, a handful more DB4 Zagatos were completed in 1988 and 2000. Can't forget the V8 Zagato launched in 1986 also- these looked just as '80s as a Guards Red 911.

        2 years ago
  • The dB 4 5 or 6???????

      2 years ago
  • When you look in the rear view mirror, do you basically just see the sloping roof?

      2 years ago
  • There’s no such thing as a “beautiful shooting brake”.

      2 years ago
    • Joking,

        2 years ago
  • I quite liked the Centennial Zagato cars. The front reminded me of the '60s DBS. So much more interesting than the DB7-generic styling that Aston has peddled for the last 20 years.

      2 years ago
    • DB7 styling was a bit overused on their other models but for a desing from 1996 it held up so well!

        2 years ago
    • I agree. it was first shown in 1993 and was based on older Jag designs so wasn't particularly modern when production started. But it did look new when compared with the Virage-based designs of the time. The DB9 usefully updated this theme,...

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        2 years ago