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 |  Mar 10 2011, 1:44 PM

If you are a huge fan of the 1980′s British band Duran Duran, then we might have the ultimate fan collectible item for you. No its not some sweaty t-shirt or an autographed poster, but a very rare car.

The car in question is the very rare 1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante, and it was originally ordered by Simon LeBon, the lead singer of Duran Duran.

The Zagato Volante is one of the most collectible cars in the world, and since only 37 were ever made, their prices are likely to only go up with time. Having a previous celebrity owner doesn’t hurt this cars cred either.

This particular car features a 5.3-liter, V8 motor, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and since its birth has covered just 3000-miles. It also comes with a full service history courtesy of Aston Martin, so it probably is one of the nicest examples of this model available anywhere.

So if you have the necessary £99,950 ($162,000) and an old Duran Duran cassette, you can sing along to Rio in a genuine piece of automotive and rock and roll history.

[Source: Nicholas Mee]

 |  Aug 15 2010, 10:17 AM

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After a warm reception in Europe, Zagato has announced it will sell its Chevy Corvette-based Perana Z-One in the U.S., with the official news and the car’s North American premier taking place at Concorso Italiano. The car will be imported through Superformance out of California, with pricing sure to be significantly higher than the Vette on which its based.

A standard Corvette chassis is available, with its 436-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V8, as well as a Z06 chassis with the 505-hp 7.0-liter LS7. Both of these options are mated to a six-speed ZF limited-slip differential equipped transmission. Inside, the Perana gets reworked with Recaro seats and plenty of Alcantara.

Zagato says a limited production of 999 units will be made with a small number making it to America. The rest will be sold in Europe and the Middle-East.

GALLERY: Zagato Perana Z-One

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 |  Jul 18 2010, 4:43 PM

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If you’ve never heard of Zagato’s Perana Z-One (what a mouthful), it’s OK, we understand. The original intention of Zagato for the Perana Z-One was for it to be strictly sold in Europe and the United Arab Emirates. Based on a Chevrolet Corvette chassis, the Perana Z-One has garnered enough attention that Zagato has decided to import it to America.

Two successful showings by Zagato at the Geneva Auto Show and Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este in Italy was all the automaker needed to push forward on producing the car. But now a partnership has been struck with Superformance out of California to import the vehicle to the U.S.

Those interested in purchasing the Perana Z-One will have several options similar to what they could choose from a Corvette. Powerplants include the 6.2L V8 LS3 (436-hp), or the Z06′s popular 7.0L LS7 V8 (505-hp). Both of these options are mated to a six-speed ZF limited-slip differential equipped transmission.

Inside the car, the fortunate driver will be greeted with Recaro sport seats reupholstered in leather and Alcantara. Basic technology is standard with built-in navigation and power accessories.

The outside clearly has plenty of influences from American classics such as a Shelby Cobra and Daytona Coupe with a bit of Italian spices mixed in. Zagato says a limited production of 999 units will be made with a small number making it to America. So for those looking for something truly unique, get ready to shell out under $100,000 for it. Just how under, we’re not sure. But here’s to hoping it’s not $99,999.

AutoGuide will be sure to check one out in person at next month’s Concorso Italiano!

GALLERY: Zagato Perana Z-One

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[Source: Motor Trend]