Aston Martin Twenty Twenty, 2001
For such a quintessentially British brand, Aston Martin’s dalliances with Italy’s carozzerie are well-documented. When Zagato rebodied the DB4 GT in 1960, it created what remains arguably the most beautiful Aston ever made. Bond’s DB5 wore an Italian suit courtesy of Touring of Milan, easily the most famous Aston of all, but Italdesign had a crack at it with 2001’s Twenty Twenty. As it happens, Giugiaro was a young tryo designer at Bertone in 1961 when the company created the sublime one-off DB4 GT ‘Jet’ car, so perhaps he felt there was unfinished business. If the Twenty Twenty was touting for new work, it was out of step with the ethos at Aston HQ as irascible new boss Ulrich Bez was getting his John Lobb-clad feet under the table and methodically refining his vision.