1987 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Modification

This 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato was the subject of a few enthusiastic upgrades by the marque experts at Richard Stewart Williams Limited in the U.K., per their French client’s request. If you are not familiar with who the shop is or of the quality of work that they perform, rest assured in 1992 the shop was entrusted by Aston Martin Lagonda, LTD with producing 2 “Sanction III” re-issues of the original 1960’s DB4 Zagatos, to give an idea to what they are capable of. But back to the subject at hand, the Aston Martin specialist shop modified this later 80’s Italian Zagato bodied English car from right to left hand drive, upgraded it with a 7 liter engine, a higher ratio differential, a Brembo big brake kit and a few other interior changes, as well. Come check it out with us on the following page for more detail…
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Between 1986 and 1990, Aston martin produced a grand total of only 52 V8 Zagato coupes after it made it’s first introduction at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show. The Italian coachbuilder designed it as modern interpretation of their classic DB4 GT Zagato design of the early 1960’s, a classic shape that is today still considered one of the most gorgeous cars ever produced.
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This particular example featured here only had 17,000 original miles when it’s original 5.3 liter V8 with 430 hp was upgraded to 7 liters, now boasting 510 bhp and 530 ft lb torque.
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It was also given a higher ratio 3.05:1 differential and a Brembo big brake kit to help haul down the hefty grand tourer from spirited runs with it’s new found power.
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Surprisingly, changing it over to left hand drive specification took fewer parts than one might imagine with just some handbrake mechanism and throttle linkage changes required. Other than that, it only took the obvious change to a LHD steering rack, brake and clutch system, as well as rebuilding the dashboard to it’s new specification.
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With so few examples ever produced, we were not able to find another example to share what a comparable car has sold for recently. The quirky 80’s design was considered controversial when it was first unveiled, but we think that it has aged rather gracefully. With this one’s new configuration, modified properly by the experts at R.S. Williams, Ltd, we wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of the nicest example of the unique V8 Coupes to exist on the road today.
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SHOP CONTACT INFO:
Richard Stewart Williams Limited
Protech House
Copse Road
Cobham
Surrey
KT11 2TW
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 1932 868377
E-mail: Astons(at)rswilliams.co.uk
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