During August 2001, Dr. Bez, AML CEO, unexpectedly met Andrea Zagato at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, both having been invited as judges at the prestigious event. Together they conceived a plan to renew the famous association between both companies. Within a very short time, the styling sketches were approved and the project moved ahead at pace. An announcement in the auto press in April 2002 was followed by a finished prototype the following August. Invited customers were shown the car at an exclusive preview event in Saville Row, London, and the planned production of 99 were all quickly presold.
The new DB7 Zagato was based on a shortened DB7 Vantage Volante chassis and clothed in voluptuous hand beaten aluminium coachwork. Although mostly built at Bloxham at the end of DB7 production, some were in part prepared in the newly constructed Gaydon facility too. Fortunately, Aston Martin built and retained just one extra car which we are thrilled to be the custodians of.