Zagato prepares DBS Coupe, DB9 Spyder Centennial models to mark Aston Martin’s centenary

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 21, 2013

As you may know already, Aston Martin is celebrating its centenary this year and the British manufacturer revealed the Vanquish Centenary Edition back in January. Still, this is not all as Zagato is also preparing two new models in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the British manufacturer. Moreover, Zagato also celebrates over 50 years of partnership with Aston Martin.

Zagato will build two models, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial and the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial.

The bad news is that the two cars are already sold: the convertible model went to American car collector Peter Read, known for its passion for Aston Martin cars, while the coupe went to a young entrepreneur based in Japan.

Both cars draw inspiration from the 2002 Aston martin DB7 Zagato, but looking at the photos we can say that the vehicles are quite impressive.

Just like any other Zagato models, the coupe features the well-known double-bubble roof but also new styling elements such as squared-off tail, fender vents and the signature grille. Both models will be powered by the 6.0-liter V12 engine, developing a whooping 510 hp.

Press Release

Zagato For Aston Martin 100th Anniversary

Zagato Atelier pays tribute to Aston Martin’s 100th Anniversary with the  announcement of two very special projects: the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, conceived for the  well known American car collector Peter Read and the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, delivered to  a young and prestigious Japanese entrepreneur.


The history began in 2001 when Dr. Ulrich Bez approved a design for the DB7 Zagato, which was inspired and financed by the Zagato team, comprising of Andrea and Marella Zagato and Peter Read, a long time enthusiast and collector of Aston Martins.

Due to the success of the DB7 Zagato (all 99 units were sold at the Paris Motor Show prior to
production) and with the approval and collaboration of Aston Martin, the same team designed,
developed and produced a one-off DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial. This creation honours the
heritage, power and elegance of Aston Martin’s Centenary.

The team’s vision is best expressed by Peter Read; “The DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial perfectly merges Aston Martin and Zagato’s DNA by combining the elegance of design, typical of Zagato, with the soul, power and prestige of Aston Martin, all developed over the last 100 years. This car personifies the timelessness of the Aston Martin/Zagato marque.”


The Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial is an exotic cross of Aston Martin DNA with
Italian flair and Milanese inspiration, sporting a ‘double bubble’ roof design, reminiscent of Zagato cars from the 1950s.

Norihiko Harada, Zagato’s Chief Designer explains; “Redesigning the DBS was a difficult job. The DBS is already one of the most beautiful modern sports cars around. Our challenge was to bring sporty styling together with a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel, all with typical Zagato quality.” A project supported by Ennio Capasa, Creative Director of CoSTUME NATIONAL, whose creative influence is visible throughout the interior.

The beauty of this car is due to a amalgamation of sportiness and elegance. The smooth tail section gives it a great presence and the final result is unveiled today: a highly personalised and unique thoroughbred Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, brimming with soul and style in the great tradition of Aston Martin Zagato’s.

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