The Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance is now firmly established in the motoring calendar. This year, the seventh annual event, was once again held in the formal gardens of the spectacular 16th-century royal palace, formerly the home of Henry VIII. The Concours of Elegance placed a firm emphasis on the 20th century, however, with a few examples of 21st-century car design joining the highly polished and meticulously maintained ranks of some of the most cherished classic cars in the world.
This year also marked the event’s first Aston Martin Zagato feature, organised by the Aston Martin Owner’s Club in celebration of the Italian styling house’s centenary. For the first time, one example of every single Aston Martin Zagato collaboration ever built was assembled together in one place, presenting a truly rare collection. Starting with two original 1960 DB4 GT Zagatos, represented here by 1 VEV and 4359 ML, through to the sharp-edged V8 Vantage Zagato,
the expressive DB7 Zagato and its partner, the open-topped DB AR1, the dynamic V12 Vantage Zagato race car and finally a complete set of the Vanquish Zagato family, the Coupe, Volante, Speedster and Shooting Brake, the emphasis was on originality and dynamic design.
These strictly limited-edition cars showcased the many extremes of a vivacious and creative partnership that dates back 60 years. Aston Martin and Zagato continue to work closely together and the DBZ Centenary Collection is currently being designed, developed and constructed at both Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon and the factory at Newport Pagnell.
In addition to fully restored Aston Martins, there was also an appearance from a unique road-legal Aston Martin Vulcan.