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2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato Roadster
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$148,500.00 None Auction Results
Description: 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato Roadster
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2009
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 135 - Sold at a price of $148,500

435 hp, 6.0-liter V12 engine with four overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, six-speed manual transmission with twin-plate racing clutch, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

Aston Martin enjoyed significant growth as the new millennium approached, the direct result of the very successful DB7, which was produced from 1994 through 2003. To commemorate the end of DB7 production, Aston partnered with Zagato of Italy on a new project, recalling the famed DB4 GT of the 1960s, as well as the stunning Vantage and Volante Zagato of the late 1980s.

The DB AR1 Zagato Roadster was first shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2003, where it was an immediate sensation. The limited run of just 99 cars that followed was approved for production, with all units destined for sale in the United States only, resulting in the AR1 or "American Roadster" designation.

The overall appearance of the AR1 is quite breathtaking, with the all-aluminum coachwork highlighted by its sweeping lines and a pair of speedster-style fairings on the rear deck. Additional unique features include a large radiator grille reminiscent of the DB4 GT Zagato, as well as the specially offset, multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and aggressive low-profile Yokohama performance tires, which necessitated a pair of enlarged rear wheel arches.

This DB AR1 Zagato is a true roadster in that it carries only two passengers and has no top. Stowed in the trunk are a tonneau, seat covers, a numbered car cover and two umbrellas. The stunning Zagato-designed body, finished in Rolls-Royce Garnet, is just part of the story. The balance of the car is all Aston Martin with a four-cam, 48-valve 6.0-liter V12 engine putting out 435 hp. An AP twin-plate racing clutch, a six-speed manual transmission and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes round out the performance package. The sumptuous Eclipse Red and Magnolia interior features hand-stitched, electronically controlled seats trimmed in piped Bridge of Weir leather, while entertainment is provided by a six-speaker sound system with a remote CD changer.

With only 376 miles from new, the Aston Martin was acquired by the O'Quinn Collection in 2005. Complete with all expected accessories including the heated rear-view mirrors, an aluminum shifter and switches, as well as a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher, this is a striking, high-performance, limited-edition automobile in the finest Aston Martin tradition.
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