We are delighted to bring this rare Volante to...
Rekindling the long-standing association between the marque and Zagato of Milan, in 2003, Aston Martin unveiled the DB7 Zagato. This very special coupe was built as a strictly limited production run of only 99 cars, all of which were quickly sold. Due to homologation problems, the DB7 Zagato was not offered to the US market. To satisfy the demand created by the coupe a special ‘roadster’ version was styled by Zagato, using the standard DB7 Volante chassis to overcome type approval issues. Called the ‘DB American Roadster 1’ (DB AR1) the open model was built after the coupe and in fact final assembly was completed at the new Gaydon plant alongside the first DB9’s.
A fantastic, unrepeatable opportunity for any collector or enthusiast of the Aston Martin marque, this DB AR1, car 001 of just 99 produced, finished in the iconic colour of Aston Green over soft white hides and in immaculate condition, as befits just 928 miles from new.
Again, just 99 cars were built, cementing the model as one of the marque’s rarest and most unique models. With distinctive coachwork, the DB AR1 was conceived for American market, however a very small number were supplied to the European market.
The DB AR1 used the standard 6.0 litre V12 from DB7 Vantage with Touchtronic transmission, capable of powering the car to 184 mph. Styling was very similar to DB7 Zagato with the same large grille and twin cowls behind the front seats tapering into the trunk lid, echoing the design cues of the ‘double bubble’ roof design from the coupe. Designed with a sunnier climate in mind, the DB AR1 had no roof or hood covering at all – just a simple rain cover to protect the leather interior when parked.
The example we are now delighted to offer, is particularly special, being number 001 of the 99 produced. First supplied new to the USA, via Aston Martin Agents in Dallas, Texas, in 2004, this car was imported to the UK in 2014, where it resides today. Enthusiast owned whilst in the UK and proudly entered into previous AMOC Concours Events.
Finished in Aston Green over Soft White hides, the car is complete with its tailored indoor car cover, battery conditioner, original DB AR1 book (signed by Carroll Shelby), leather bound history file, roof cover and two Aston Martin umbrellas. A model relevant cherished number plate also accompanies the car.
Offered in immaculate condition, having covered a mere 928 miles from new, this rare and beautiful car is ready to be enjoyed on the open road, or to grace any collection.
now at our Hertfordshire showrooms. For the full car listing CLICK HERE