One of the best cars to have passed through the British comedy set, the 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato was listed for sale by Dylan Miles in the UK. And it’s not just its previous owner that makes this racer special; It is also unique.
Aston Martins don’t come rarer than the V8 Vantage Zagato. Only 52 examples of the Italian-designed Grand Tourer were built between 1986 and 1990. 20013, it was the first in series production but wasn’t taken over by the comedian until 1998. The iconic car star immediately set out to convert the car to racing specification for the C2 Class’ Mildly Modified” for the Aston Martin Owners’ Club.
According to the listing, Atkinson’s V8 Vantage Zagato is the only example of receiving this treatment, which was carried out by the brand’s classic car division, Aston Martin Works. As part of the conversion, the 5.3-liter V-8’s Mill has been rebuilt and updated with Weber Alpha fuel injection and ceramic-coated exhaust heads. These modifications increased the engine’s power to 482 horsepower and 412 pound-feet of torque, increasing those numbers by 52 and 17, respectively.
There was more to the conversion than simply resetting the engine, though. All exterior parts were stripped, while lightweight panels and side windows were installed from Perspex to reduce the overall weight from 3,527 pounds to 3,197 pounds. Other modifications include a new race-specific brake and suspension system with AP Racing components. It comes finished in Gladiator Red on a factory-style black interior and has a white racing slate on both doors, which it doesn’t. 33 when Atkinson was racing the car.
The comedian will spend a decade behind the wheel of his V8 Vantage Zagato, which included a 2001 crash that exited the car relatively unharmed (his McLaren F1 wasn’t so lucky). The car has since been withdrawn from competition and in 2016 it was again modified to become more road-friendly, according to Dylan Miles. An exotic car dealership does not list a price for a Grand Tourer, but you can inquire through their website if you’re interested. We’d be willing to bet they’re asking for more than the $160,000 the car was sold for in 2008, though.
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