Zagato teams up with Aston Martin to produce two bespoke models for AM’s 100th Anniversary

Aston Martin and Zagato go together like coach and builder. And that’s because Zagato has been one for Aston Martin for many years. And to help celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th Anniversary, Zagato created two unique one-off models based on the current DBS and DB9. They’re called the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial and the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial.

The DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial was built specifically for a young Japanese entrepreneur while the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, was built just for Peter Read, a well-known American car collector.

Both models combine the aesthetic qualities found in both British and Italian cars, offering a unique look and modern take on a long-standing relationship between two renowned and unique automobile firms.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.


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.”

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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