To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, Italian design firm Zagato Milano has created two unique vehicles. One is based on the Aston Martin DBS coupe, while the other is based on the Aston Martin DB9 Volante. Both of the cars are one-off models headed to private buyers.
The Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial was crafted for an anonymous Japanese entrepreneur. The car is supposed to pay tribute to classic Zagato car designs from the 1950s, starting with the company's famous "double bubble" roof. Aston Martin's normal grille has been expanded to fill the entire width of the flat nose, new hood strakes lead into bold character lines on either side of the car, and the bubble roof leads into a curving rear windshield and concave decklid. The car's wide, flat tail features unusually shaped taillights and ends with a pair of exhaust tips peeking out from either side of a black plastic diffuser.
"Redesigning the DBS was a difficult job," Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada said in a statement. "Our challenge was to bring sporty styling together with a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel, all with typical Zagato quality."
The other one-off model is called the Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Centennial, and was commissioned by American collector Peter Read. Based on the Aston Martin DB9 Volante, the car receives the same awkward wide-mouth front grille, flat tail, and strong character lines as the DBS. Because it lacks a solid roof, Zagato's signature double bubble design is absent, and the decklid is flat.
"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," chief designer Harado said in a statement.