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 |  Jul 07 2011, 2:00 PM

Aston Martin’s mighty, magnificent V12 Zagato comes with a $525,000 price tag—a bargain, if there ever was one.

After all, you’d have to pay three times as much for the even mightier Aston Martin One-77, and even more for the time machine you’d need to use to go back to 2010 and get on the waiting list, before all 77 snatched up. No word on how many Zagatos will be built, but Aston says it is on “a strictly first-come first-served basis.” Hey you keep buying them, and they’ll keep building them.

And they’ll start building them next year in Aston’s home of Gaydon, for the car that CEO Ulrich Bez calls “the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.” It will be based on the V12 Vantage, and for some will serve as a perfect dinghy to their Rapide. Call it an escape pod if you like.

[Source: Inside Line]

 |  Jun 07 2011, 11:15 AM

Prestige automaker Aston Martin has confirmed that it will be moving production of it’s four-door super sedan, the Rapide from the Magna Steyr facilities in Graz, Austria, to Gaydon, Warwickshire, in the United Kingdom.

The move comes as facility restrictions at Gaydon, in place when Rapide production originally began have now been lifted.

According to AM’s CEO Dr. Ulrich Betz, “ things are very different (from 2008) – Gaydon is more established, more flexible and more efficient. While our overall volume has not changed significantly, we now produce a far richer model mix – eight model lines (plus five variants) compared to three model lines (plus two variants) in 2008 – so Rapide production is now possible.”

Betz went on to thank Magna Steyr and its employees for developing a very strong working relationship with Aston Martin, while helping the firm set “benchmark quality” standards for Rapide production.

Production of AM’s four-door is scheduled to begin at the Gaydon facility in the second half of next year.