They were a pair of one-off creations from Aston Martin’s established design partner Zagato. As we previously reported, the two cars, a DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial and a DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, were commissioned by a pair of private collectors, one of whom was America’s own Peter Read.
In explaining their design, Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada said, “Redesigning the DBS and DB9 was a difficult job--our challenge was to bring sporty styling together with a more Mediterranean luxury GT feel, all with typical Zagato quality.”
Also on show were Aston Martin’s forward-looking CC100 Speedster concept and all three Bertone Jet shooting brake concept cars. Aston Martin’s proud 50-year association with James Bond was also represented, with seven of the movie cars on display including the iconic DB5 from the most recent blockbuster, Skyfall.
Motorsport was, naturally, a key feature, too, with a display dedicated to some of the most significant and successful racing cars in Aston Martin history. Highlights included the Ulster, iconic DBR1, legendary DB4 GT Zagato and more recent Gulf-liveried V8 Vantage GTE.
Finally, fans were treated to the appearance of virtually Aston Martin’s 100-year history of cars, from the 1921 A3 prototype, the oldest surviving car, to the Vanquish Centenary Edition, forthcoming V12 Vantage S and latest Vanquish Volante.