Aston Martin Zagato on the Furka Pass
We head to Bond’s stomping ground in Goldfinger to test a very special Aston
Posted: 01 Oct 2012
The Zagato flirts with inelegance: from certain angles, its curt, turret-lighted tail resembles the face of a hog-nosed snake. But old Ugo Zagato was never one for a wantonly slinky profile, his designs sculpted by function rather than fashion. The V12 is brutally beautiful, wrapping Zagato's most famous fast-car cues - the double-bubble roof (a feature originally intended to house a pair of race helmets) and gaping, shark-tooth grille - around the Vantage frame. Unlike previous Aston Zagatos, the new V12 isn't built in Italy, but fabricated instead by Coventry firm CPP to an Aston design approved by the Zagato studio.
It shimmers. The Zag's aquamarine livery seems liquid-dipped like quicksilver, and so it should: this is no ordinary paint job. V12 Zagatos are painted alongside One-77's in the poshest corner of the Aston factory, a process taking over 100 hours per car. In total, each Zagato requires over 2,000 man-hours to produce, which points either to its handcrafted, bespoke nature or some very slow blokes on the production line.