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Aston Martin – Vanquish Roadster Zagato

The Vanquish Roadster Zagato was unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It was a real novelty for Zagato to design solely the open…


Vehicle Overview

The Vanquish Roadster Zagato was unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It was a real novelty for Zagato to design solely the open version of an Aston Martin premium model. In fact, following the tradition of the 50s, the Roadster, apart from the front end, is very different from the beautiful coupé version, designed by Ian Callum. The differences are in the rear bumper and in the undulated glass panel covering the area behind the seats: from the headrests, two small humps taper towards to rear. The back lights are round in true Zagato style.

With its successful history at Geneva, following in the footsteps of other collaborations Zagato unveiled this new Aston Martin at the 74th edition of the Geneva Salon in 2004. Nori Harada, Automotive Chief Designer of Zagato and Peter Hutchison, Design Manager at Aston Martin had reworked a former testbed Vanquish coupe and to the delight of onlookers, they proposed a truly ‘convertible’ open car.

Contemporary reports were extremely complimentary – Alistair Weaver of Streetsmart recorded ‘This model is much more than just a show-stopping concept–it has even been windtunnel tested to make sure that the cabin is buffet-free. An integrated hardtop is employed during winter months, and this is replaced in summer by a curvy double-bubble of hardened glass and a soft material cover. This cloth top stows in the boot when it’s not in use.’

Technical Specifications

  • Body
  • Year
    2004
  • Make
    Aston Martin
  • Model
    Vanquish Roadster
  • Coachbuilder
    Zagato
  • Length (mm)
    N/A
  • Width (mm)
    N/A
  • Height (mm)
    N/A
  • Photo credits
    Zagato
  • Engine Type
    V12
  • Designer
    Norihiko Harada

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