Just fifty-two examples of the coupé and thirty-seven of the Volante’s (convertibles) were built between 1986 and 1990.
The coupé was first unveiled at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show, and orders were quickly taken, despite only showing the drawing of the car.
The decision to build the later Volante’s was controversial – all 52 coupés had already been purchased at the height of the supercar speculation market, and owners felt that producing additional cars would lower the value of the coupés. The Volante’s consistently fetch higher prices than their roofed colleagues.
As the name suggests, the V8 Zagato was based on the Aston Martin V8 but with a body by the famed coach-builder Zagato.
The design was an angular modern interpretation of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato of the 1960s.
The squared off grille was especially controversial. The Zagato was powered by a 430 bhp (321 kW; 436 PS) V8 engine with twin choke Weber carburettors.
The all alloy car could hit 300 km/h (186 mph).
It was a luxurious car with a price tag of USD $156,600 at the time, but with the high rarity, and being released at the supercar price boom of 1987 to 1990, and by the end of the decade, the car was changing hands for £450,000.
The later Volante sold for $171,000.