Race-prepared by Aston Martin Works and campaigned by Rowan Atkinson with Works support, this former racer has been revised for use on public roads. We find out more…

A standard V8 Zagato delivers a generous 430bhp and a 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds. Twin-choke 50mm Weber carburettors aid performance; they account for that much-debated bonnet bulge. With such performance, a standard V8 Zagato is clearly far more capable than a mere ‘looker’.

Given that Aston Martin Works redeveloped this particular Zagato’s engine to 482bhp, as well as modifying the chassis, brakes and suspension, and further reducing the overall weight, this race-prepared V8’s speed is simply blistering.

It was contested for three years with varying success, before being retired from motorsport in 2004. It has since been refitted with refrigerated air-conditioning, storage compartments, carpeting and re-trimmed, original Zagato seats.

It’s a dynamic package that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Zagato’s controversial interpretation of the Aston Martin V8, painted in gloriously bright Gladiator Red with a prior celebrity owner and a racing background of several years, it’s a vehicle that’ll either float your boat or send you straight to the bottom like a ton of bricks.

This 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato is bold and completely unashamed, with a wealth of racing pedigree. This is exactly why we adore it – full-on craziness and all.


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