Imagine falling in love with a one-off car at a show. Imagine being so smitten with it that you even enter into protracted negotiations to acquire it there-and-then, succeed and then have to ship it almost 5,500 miles away before it can be readmitted to the country.
This is exactly what happened to the owner of the stunning Aston Martin Vanquish Roadster you see here after he clapped eyes on it for the first time at Pebble Beach in 2004. The problem was that it had been shipped into the States with ‘temporarily admitted’ status and had to go back to Italy (where it had been built by Zagato) just so it could be shipped back across the Atlantic and to a Massachusetts with the correct paperwork. The car has stayed Stateside since then and will be offered for sale by Bonhams at its Quail Lodge auction in August.
With a long history of collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato, notably the DB4GT and Vantage Zagato, the two firms got together again, although reportedly Andrea Zagato found the task of creating a Vanquish Roadster something of a challenge ‘… because the Vanquish is such a beautiful car’ and ‘I have great respect for Ian Callum’s work’, the ‘challenge was to get the right proportions. The nose is so lovely, and that meant we had to have the right proportions in the rear’.
We reckon that Zagato pretty much nailed it and apparently various enquiries were made to the fabled coachbuilder to build more, but Aston Martin had too many projects in the pipeline at the time and so it wasn’t to be, leaving the car you see here as the only example.
In the eight years that the car has been in the possession of its current owner it has been shown occasionally and in that time has racked up a modest 13,000-ish miles. When Bonhams rolls the car onto the block at the Stunning Quail Lodge venue on the 14th August, it reckons the successful bid will likely be in the region of £450,000 – 550,000.
If ever there were a case of ‘find another one…’