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Back in 2003, before Aston Martin replaced the aging DB7 with the DB9, they prepared two special swan song versions with the help of the Italian coach-builder and design house Zagato.
The two models were the DB7 Zagato coupe, and the DB AR1 Zagato roadster. Both models were built in a limited number of just 99 units. However, while the coupe was never officially sold in North America (although some did eventually make their way across the Atlantic), the roadster was a different story. The AR1, which stands for American Roadster 1, was designed and built specifically for the American market. However, since most of them went to collectors, you hardly see them offered for sale, and surely you are unlikely to come across one sitting at your local used car lot.
But we have found a pristine example at a Las Vegas dealership. It is car no. 53 out of 99 and it looks stunning in its unusual Roman Bronze paint. The tan and beige interior shows no signs of wear and tear, but then this example has covered just 1700 miles.
One word of caution though, this 435-hp, V12 powered machine is strictly an open car. Aston Martin made this as a pure roadster, so there is no roof of any sort to protect you if it suddenly starts to rain. Although, if you can afford a used car worth $249,000 you probably have other cars to drive around on days the weather is looking a bit iffy.
Is this a future classic that has the potential to appreciate? We certainly think so.
[Source: DuPont Registry]
According to Friends of the National Automotive History Collection, out of all the 2010 model cars and trucks on our roads today, the one most likely to draw collector interest 25 years from now is (drum roll please) the Chevrolet Camaro.
Charles Hyde, chairman of the NAHC Board of Trustees, stated that the NAHC collectible vehicle of the future award “is unique among all the ‘Vehicle of the Year’ awards, because it is selected by ‘car buffs’ who know what future collectors will value. We asked our members to predict which of this year’s new vehicles will turn heads in the Woodward Cruise of 2035.”
And according to said members, which arrived at their decision from analyzing 13 all or significantly new vehicles for the 2010 model year, the Camaro received top honors. It probably isn’t surprising. The current Camaro has been one of the most hyped cars in recent memory, with a long gestation period and high media profile, starring in numerous movies and TV shows. It also delivers a great blend of acceleration, handling, braking, customizing potential and cool factor for a reasonable price, ingredients that many experts say bode well for future collectibility.
But getting back to the NAHC awards, what is interesting is that past winners, even those cars built within the last 15 years, are already starting to draw collector interest. Those include the 1995 Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Aurora, 2004 Chrysler 300, the 2005 Ford Mustang and 2008 Dodge Challenger.
It will also be interesting to see, that come 2035, the amount of current generation Camaros will still be on the road in relation to ’69 models, which still rank as one of the most popular enthusiast cars of all time.