2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato Chassis 001 (LHD)
- Chassis 001, the 1st ever DB AR1 to be built
- 890 miles only
- Former AMOC Concours winner – with a near-perfect score on its last outing
- Complete with factory supplied individual presentation book, signed ‘Best Wishes’ by Carroll Shelby & Dr Ulrich Bez
Our award-winning example, chassis 001 is finished in the best colour combination of Aston Green metallic coachwork with Bridge of Weir quilted All-Soft White hide. Green top role and leather-bound Wilton carpets. Factory fitted Touchtroinic gearbox makes this car the ‘king of the road’, plus a host of other non-standard options including Brembo ventilated brake discs with Silver-painted brake callipers, Five-spoke alloy wheels, Power folding mirrors and aluminium pedals and switches. Also accompanying this example is AM embossed fitted matching umbrellas, and ‘Works’ supplied individual presentation book signed ‘Best Wishes’ by the iconic ex Works driver Carroll Shelby – who drove the DBR1 to Le Manns victory in 1959.
Supplied new by agents Aston Martin Dallas in 2003, chassis number 001 stayed across the ‘big pond’ until it was acquired by a UK based collector in 2014 who sort to find the best DB AR1 available 001 was sourced and ticked all of the boxes. Since being brought back to the UK the car was made UK registered and now wears the fitting cherished registration AR02 ZAG which accompanies the car. With just 890 miles from new and also being chassis 001, this is truly is once and a lifetime opportunity and an asset for any collection.
The DB American Roadster 1 (DB AR1) is in the elite group of Astons to wear the Zagato coachwork badge for it was the men of Zagato Italy and incorporated a number of dynamic elements, which had been finely engineered to offer a new dimension to the Aston Martin driving experience.
Invitation only Aston Martin privately showed the DB AR1 to customers at an event in LA to gauge their reactions which immensely positive and the car went into production in very limited numbers during 2003.
First shown to the public at the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show, the DB AR1 was instantly regarded as one of the best designs that either Aston Martin or Zagato had ever produced. It offered time-honoured Zagato design cues with a modern flair combined with exceptional performance. It quickly became one of the most desirable Aston Martins of modern times.
The DB AR1 remains as popular and iconic today as when it was first built, and opportunities to acquire one are few and far between. This example, being Chassis number 001, finished in the most iconic colour combination and with just 890 miles from new original miles, would make a superb addition to any connoisseur’s stable.
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