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Coachwork by Zagato
The fabled Italian coachbuilder Zagato is responsible for styling some of the most iconic sports cars in history, and the 2003 collaboration between scion Andrea Zagato and Aston Martin’s chief designer Henrik Fisker produced a striking, limited-production grand touring roadster with elegant refinements and a top speed in excess of 185 mph.
Hand built in England, the DB AR1 – or American Roadster 1 – had a production run of just 99 cars that quickly pre-sold after a reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Featuring a svelte profile, stunning diamond-stitched leather interior, and special Zagato-designed five-spoke alloy wheels, the AR1 looked every bit the part as a bespoke, coachbuilt Italian exotic.
Mechanically, the DB AR1 used a tuned version of Aston Martin’s six-litre V-12 engine producing 435 hp, an increase of 15 hp over the Vantage. Equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox with an AP Racing twin-plate clutch, and an active sport exhaust, the AR1 enjoyed a noticeable jump in mid-range power and torque. Acceleration was impressive, with the roadster sprinting from 0–60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
Braking was improved as well, with the addition of multi-piston Brembo disc brakes using PAGID Racing RS front pads to provide sustained performance and reduced fade at high speeds. An uprated Vanquish brake booster assured a firm and consistent pedal feel.
The DB AR1 offered here, numbered 76 of 99, is a particularly handsome example. Finished in special-order Ferrari Nero Daytona (Daytona Black) over light tan leather, the scheme is emblematic of the Savile Row sophistication synonymous with Aston Martin. Factory options include a satellite navigation system, embroidered floor mats, power-fold mirrors, black brake calipers, roadster wheels, fire extinguisher, and aluminum shift knob and switches. A factory Becker six-CD-changer stereo adds to the period creature comforts.
AR1 no. 76 was purchased new in March 2004 in Sparta, New Jersey, and had just a single private owner until 2021. Showing approximately 3,125 miles at the time of cataloguing, it has clearly benefited from years of diligent care. Included are a treasure trove of original accessories, including original and numbered books, protective seat covers, a battery charger, maintenance receipts, delivery literature, and a scale model.
Certainly among the finest examples extant, this DB AR1 presents in outstanding condition and represents a rare opportunity to acquire a limited-edition coachbuilt roadster from a legendary, avant-garde Italian design house.
*Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.