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This handsome green bean-colored Aston Martin V12 Zagato hides a secret

This Aston Martin hides a secret beneath its paint job that you'd only know about if you really know the company's history.

Photo courtesy of Bell Sport & Classic
Bell Sport and Classic has been at it again. Last time AutomotiveMap told you about a Lamborghini LM002 they restored. Now it's an Aston Martin V12 Zagato, but that's not the full story.

The V12 Zagato is a one-of-a-kind. Under its green bean-colored paint job is a fully aluminum-bodied model. The cars traditionally were made from a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber.

But wait, there's more.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Aston Martin V12 Zagato prototype

Photo courtesy of Bell Sport & Classic

It's also one of just two pre-production versions that were built to tour the world sitting at exclusive events, being drooled over by guests sipping champagne and planning to write checks for their own version.

The car was owned by Aston Martin until 2016 when it was slated to go to Zagato to be part of the design houses's display collection. However, an Aston Martin client stepped up and made the company any offer they couldn't refuse.

Before the owner took delivery, the car was give a full recommissioning.

The right-hand drive model was originally painted Titanium Grey. It was refinished in Aston Martin Racing Green and had its interior re-trimmed by hand. The upholstery features the quilted Zagato motif, which continues onto the door cars and a matching leather bag set.

Engineers gave the 5.9-liter V12 engine a thorough tune up, which may (wink, wink) have included them adjusting the engine to allow for more than its standard allotted 510 bhp.

Lift up the hood and you'll find a plaque that denotes the car's pre-production status.

None of the classic design elements were modified. It continues to wear its double-bubble roof and feature short body overhands.

Bell Sport and Classic is now selling the model. The price remains unlisted.

"We are very pleased to offer for sale this truly unique Aston Martin V12 Zagato," said Tim Kearns, Managing Director, Bell Sport and Classic. "All of the cars in the limited run of 64 are, of course, very special indeed but this outstanding example is one of only two pre-production cars and the only fully aluminium-bodied model ever made. It has been treated to a meticulous recommissioning by Aston Martin itself and would be a wonderful addition to any collection."

The model is sold with a good detailing its recommissioning.

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This gorgeous 911 sports a rebuilt title.

Cars and Bids

Values of even less desirable Porsche 911 models have skyrocketed in recent years, but the early- to mid-1990s cars have always been special. This one falls well within the parameters, though it's got a backstory that will turn many buyers away. This 1991 Porsche 911 has a rebuilt Texas title, and as one commenter noted, the issue could be the result of a collision with a deer.

Rebuilt title or not, this car's quite the looker. It wears Grand Prix White over black leather, and it feature power windows and exterior mirrors, a sunroof, and a unique Turbo body kit. It has been modified, although lightly, with 18-inch wheels, power front seats, and a new stereo system. Under the rear engine cover lies a turbocharged 3.3-liter flat-six that makes 315 horsepower. It's connected to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

1991 Porsche 911This is one of the most iconic sports car silhouettes ever.Cars and Bids

This car's apparently flaw-free appearance hides the rather nasty fact that it has a rebuilt title. A detail-oriented commenter on the auction mentioned finding information on the car's damage, including repairs performed after a collision with a deer and subsequent hair removal. We'll let you decide how that impacts your feelings on the car.

1991 Porsche 911The interior looks untouched, though those are replacement seats.Cars and Bids

If it's any indication of how valuable a good condition example of this car would be, it was bid to $95,000 with a rebuilt title and still didn't meet the reserve price. While it's a bummer for those hoping their bid would be the one, cars like this do occasionally pop up without deer damage, so it's worth keeping your eyes open.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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