Rare Aston Martin DB9 Centennial Zagato Up for Auction

One-off model has covered just 2,300 miles.

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Back in 2013, Aston Martin and Italian coachbuilders Zagato teamed up to celebrate Aston's 100th anniversary by building three one-off cars. One of those, the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Centennial seen here, goes up for auction in August.

The 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Centennial is based on Aston's DB9 Volante convertible. The car was shipped directly to Zagato's studios in Italy, where the coachbuilder reworked the car's bodywork. The DB9 now sports a snub nose with a wide mesh grille, a squared-off tail with new taillights, and strong razor-straight character lines running down either side of the car. The transformation work took an entire year, Zagato says. Beneath the fabulous new sheetmetal, the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Centennial retains the standard car's 510-hp, 5.9-liter V-12 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

Because the Zagato is based on a standard Aston Martin DB9, auction house RM Sotheby's notes that the car's factory warranty is valid through March 2016. The car has covered 2,300 miles since its Californian owner received it in 2013, and RM says the car is "comfortable enough to be driven on a daily basis."

In addition to this DB9, Aston Martin and Zagato also built a custom DBS coupe and a Virage Shooting Brake to help celebrate the luxury brand's centennial anniversary. Neither is up for auction, and RM cautions that it is, "incredible unlikely" that either car will be sold "in the near future."

RM Sotheby's hasn't listed an estimate price for the DB9, but given that it is literally one-of-a-kind, we're expecting a big number when the car hits the auction block in Monterey on August 14-15.

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