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First public view of the 2009 Lagonda Concept

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First public view of the 2009 Lagonda Concept

Not seen in public since it’s truncated 2009 launch, the controversial Lagonda Concept was eventually displayed at the 2019 AMOC Spring Concours

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‘New’ Vantage

‘New’ Vantage

DB11 V12 coupe prototypes

DB11 Development Mule

This may look like a tatty DB9 but look more closely and it’s possible to see a significant gap in the bodywork between the front wings and the leading edge of the doors. This is actually the very first DB11 ever, photographed at AM Gaydon but now part of the AMHT collection in the Aston Martin Museum in Oxfordshire. Under the bonnet is an early version of the 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12.

DB11 M1 Mechanical Prototype

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Vanquish Zagato Concept

The Vanquish Zagato Concept was designed in close collaboration between the Aston Martin Design team led by Marek Reichman and Andrea Zagato and his dedicated design team in Milan. Developed and engineered at Aston Martin’s headquarters at Gaydon, the concept features proportions that remain quintessentially Aston Martin and emphasises a dynamic, forward-looking stance. The new bodywork is entirely shaped from carbon fibre, with the split lines on the body reduced by the use of large one-piece panels. New lights include round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic rear view of a Zagato design, incorporating the same ‘bladed’ LED technology as first seen on the the Aston Martin Vulcan track-only supercar.

Referencing elements of the brand’s contemporary design language, Vanquish Zagato Concept features One-77 inspired wing mirrors and a sculptural rear end similar to DB11‘s aerodynamic profile, complete with retractable spoiler and rear hatch for access to the luggage compartment.  A quad-exhaust nestles in the rippling carbon fibre sills that run around the lower body, creating a pronounced line from front to rear.

The Vanquish Zagato Concept’s glasshouse wraps around the bodywork like a visor, enhancing its aggressive stance. A new evolution of the classic side strake runs from wheel arch to door just like the new DB11 and a detail originally showcased on the celebratory CC-100. A sharp crease on the rear wheel arch transforms into the rear flanks, where it meets the cascading roofline. 

The roof features the iconic ‘double-bubble’, its shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass to give the car an unmistakeable rear silhouette. A Zagato trademark since the early 1950s, originally arose from the need to accommodate racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile. To match the bold new exterior, the concepts normally aspirated V12 engine has been uprated to 592 bhp along with enhanced driving dynamics.

A month following the Villa d’Este concours, AML announced that the Zagato Vanquish will go into limited production with a run of 99 cars. Production started in Autumn of 2016 and continued until the Summer of 2017. No official announcement on pricing but it is estimated the car could be around a half a million pounds. An interesting fact that AML have not made anything of, is that the Vanquish Zagato is the first Aston Martin Zagato with rear seats with the exception of the one off Centenary cars of 2013.

Many of the photos below were taken at the 2016 AMOC Autumn Concours where the concept was parked next to the unique V12 Vanquish Zagato.

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DB7 V12 prototype by TWR

As Walkinshaw was keen on a V12, it was only sensible that the basis for this was the familiar Jaguar unit. Ever since the 1980’s TWR has been building and racing the engine in the XJ-S and Group C XJR Le Mans cars as well as their rather special JaguarSport road cars. The resulting engine is best described as a detuned race unit rather than a simply modified regular Jaguar item. Bored out to 6.4 litres it was fitted with unique ‘fast-road’ 24 valve twin overhead cam heads and a Zytec engine management system.The result is a claimed output of 475 bhp and 470 lb.ft. of torque all through  a six speed manual gearbox as used on the Corvette and appropriately, the supercharged V8 Vantage. The car has as you should expect uprated suspension and braking with wheels significantly wider than the regular i6.

Ian Callum’s updates to the shape didn’t involve changes to the metal but consisted of a revised lower air dam at the front, new rear skirt, new sills and small wheel arch extensions. Also added was an attractive rear wing that would be an attractive addition to any DB7.

Although the V12 DB7 was initially conceived as the personal car for the boss and to showcase for the talents of TWR as a special engineering company, the company must have hoped that Ford, owners of both Aston Martin and Jaguar would adopt the car for the much anticipated Vantage. Sadly this was not to be since Ford had earmarked a V12 of their own design for the higher performance Vantage derivative. The unique car was used for a few years by Tom but was eventually sold off when the financial situation at TWR deteriorated and it disappeared into a private collection, hidden from view. 

The car was photographed at the 2016 London Classic Car Show on the stand of Aston Martin specialist, Oselli, and we are grateful them for assisting with the photographs.

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