The car, based on a pre-production V12 Vanquish, was first shown to the public at the Geneva Salon in March 2004 – although at the time, there were no concrete plans for production. CAR Magazine, May 2004 very much doubted that this car would reach production, whereas, AutoExpress magazine of 21/4/2004 was confidant that a run of 99 production cars had already been sold at a price of £240,000 – how wrong could they be. I was personally very impressed by the Zagato V12 Vanquish and I was sure that there would be a small production run – but sadly not. In the end, it proved difficult to adapt the Roadster to compensate for the removal of the roof and to ensure the occupants would be safe if the car rolled over.
This unique car which had for a time, a home in the USA is rarely seen in public, although it was shown at ‘The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering’ in Carmel, CA during August 2013 where Aston Martin were a featured marque.
The only alternative to the Zagato built roadster is the convertible version of the V12 Vanquish offered by Newport Convertible Engineering in the USA.