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2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 by Zagato

The 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 by Zagato represents a unique collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato, designed specifically to resonate with the American market. Stemming from a conversation between Dr. Ulrich Bez and Andrea Zagato, sparked by Bez's nostalgic experience with the DBR1 at Le Mans, the DB AR1 was envisioned as an open-top roadster tailored for California's sunny weather. Built on the DB7 Vantage Volante platform, the DB AR1 boasts Zagato's coachwork and a host of performance enhancements aimed at elevating the Aston Martin driving experience.

Distinctive features of the DB AR1 include its large radiator grille, accentuated rear wheel arches, and intricate design details showcasing hand craftsmanship synonymous with Aston Martin's luxury heritage. The roadster's body style was carefully crafted to appeal to discerning customers seeking individuality and exclusivity, a hallmark of limited-production Aston Martins.

Under the hood, the DB AR1 is powered by a potent 6.0-liter V12 engine, generating 435bhp for exhilarating performance. This powerplant, coupled with enhancements like an active sports exhaust system and AP twin-plate racing clutch, contributes to a sharper driving experience and improved acceleration. The roadster's chassis and braking system were also upgraded to deliver enhanced road-holding performance and braking capabilities.

Limited to a production run of 99 units, the DB AR1 quickly garnered attention and demand, with all cars sold during a three-week tour in the United States following its debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show. Each DB AR1 represents a blend of heritage design cues from Zagato and Aston Martin's commitment to craftsmanship and performance, making it a sought-after collector's item and a testament to the enduring appeal of the Aston Martin brand. This particular example, finished in Tungsten Silver over White leather with less than 100 miles on the odometer, exemplifies the DB AR1's allure and desirability among enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Source & Images: Zagato