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Everything old is new again: R-Reforged making Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins

R-Reforge is hand-crafting 19 pairs of Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins.

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You don't have to choose between the coupe or the speedster. If your wallet has enough cheddar you can take purchase one of the 19 sets of Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato models R-Reforged is crafting. The cars are R-Reforged's first project.

The limited edition cars, dubbed the "Heritage Twins", will be hand built in celebration of the centenary of the Zagato Atelier (1919-2019) and 60-year long partnership between the Milanese "Signature" and British sports car manufacturer. The cars will be manufactured at R-Reforged's new facility in Warwick, Warwickshire, England.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins Silver and gold feature prominently on the first two models to come out of the shop.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

The Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged are undoubtedly a highlight of our centenary celebrations," says Andrea Zagato, "A beautiful, bespoke and intrinsic part of our history and creative association with Aston Martin. To own these collectible cars will be a very personal and emotional experience."

Each of the vehicles was created to join together two parts of the automotive world - iconic driver cars and the elegance of Zagato design cues that are synonymous with the Carrozzeria including a double bubble roof on the Coupe and 100th anniversary gold Z badging.

The body of the cars is carbon-fiber and includes a deployable rear wing.

Each of the models features a reworked version of the car's standard 5.9-liter 48-valve naturally aspirated engine to produce 85 bhp more than they did originally (600 bhp now).

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins The car features a deployable rear wing.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

Further, the design of the cars has been tweaked to inlcude 19-inch bespoke alloy wheels designed by APP Tech to give the car a more muscular look.

Marella Rivolta Zagato, who co-runs the Italian design house, specified the first two cars. She explained: "When I was selecting the body colours, I looked for something that would simultaneously represent our 100-year heritage and our future. The most symbolic colours are gold and platinum, which are precious metals. Gold, an emblem of purity and distinction, is in my mind a tribute to our first century. Platinum is resistant to corrosion and has great catalytic capabilities, which is what I wish for our next 100 years!"

Most of the models are already spoken for. Reserving a model starts with placing an order and accepting a bespoke gift box. Fro there, owners will specify every element of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged with the designers at Aston Martin St Gallen in Niederwil, Switzerland, before being invited to witness the team of skilled craftspeople at R-Reforged's newly-created 30,000 sq. ft facility in Warwick, UK, produce their cars.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins The interior of the models is completely vintage (with modern accents) and delivers a low-tech experience.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

The first two cars will be unveiled in summer 2020. Customer vehicle production will begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

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The Nissan Z Proto is the next step in the Z story.

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The Nissan Z Proto has arrived. It's not a production car, it's a promise. A promise by Nissan to launch a new generation of the legendary Z sports car. The model has design elements that harken back to to the Z models of yesteryear that have become iconic waypoints in Nissan history.

Nissan has revealed that the Z Proto is one of the 10 models that the company will be showing for the U.S. in 20 months. The timeline has been adjusted from the original due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other models included as part of the plan are the 2020 Nissan Sentra, 2021 Nissan Rogue, and 2022 Nissan Ariya.

Nissan Z Proto

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"The United States is home to one of the most devoted and enthusiastic Z communities in the world, with nearly 1.35 million total sales over the model's 50-year history," said Mike Colleran, senior vice president, Nissan U.S. Marketing and Sales. "With new models like Sentra and Rogue opening new eyes to our brand, Z Proto is our loudest statement yet that Nissan will continue to bring vehicles that thrill to U.S. showrooms."

The Z Proto is bathed inn a bright yellow pearlescent paint job - one that is reminiscent of the yellow of the first-generation 240Z and the 300ZX.

At its front are teardrop-shaped LED headlights that have their design roots in the original Z. The Z Proto's rectangular grille is more modern but the design of the grille fins are vintage in origin.

"The LED headlights have two half-circles that hark back to the Japan market-only 240ZG of the 70s," said Alfonso Albaisa, head of design at Nissan. "The ZG has clear dome lenses over the headlight buckets, which under light give off two circular reflections over each headlight. We liked that unique characteristic and discovered that it naturally fit with the Z's identity."

Nissan Z Proto

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From the side, the Z Proto has a roofline that flows backward like the first-gen Z. It leads to the rear, which takes inspiration from the 300ZX taillights and reinterprets them for a modern world, complete with LED lights. They're set within a rectangular black section that spans the rear of the car and wraps around each outer edge. Below is a dual exhaust.

Side skirts, the front lower lip, and rear valance are made of carbon fiber. The prototype rides on 19-inch alloy wheels. The 2020 370Z also has 19-inch wheels.

The vintage-meets-modern elements continue in the car's cabin where design was focused on achieving a proper balance for road and track. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital display that is arranged to allow to easy data interpretation at speed.

Designed to fit driver and passenger like a glove, the Z Proto's cabin seamlessly blends modern technology with vintage Z touches. A deep dish steering wheel combines modern aesthetics with vintage styling.

Under the prototype's hood is a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Nissan says that an automatic transmission option is in development. Horsepower and torque figures were not immediately available.

In looking toward the future, Nissan relays, "work is now underway to synchronize the power with the grace and control that has defined the Z for the past 50 years." The current Z has a 3.7-liter V6 engine that achieves 332 horsepower. It comes paired with a standard six-speed manual or available seven-speed automatic transmission.

Compared to the current Z, the Z Proto is five inches longer and two-tenths of an inch wider. The 2020 Nissan 370Z is two-tenths of an inch taller than the Z Proto.

Where do we go from there? Stay tuned.

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Next weekend, Classic Car Auctions (CCA) will auction off a collection of cars from the early 20th Century. Part of The Warwickshire Collection Part II, the models span a range of decades and marques. Earlier this year, Silverstone Auctions successfully sold The Warwickshire Collection Part I.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer these 89 rare and collectable cars," said Gary Dunne, CCA's Sales Manager. "The Warwickshire Collection features some really interesting examples and furthermore, a proportion of the cars are offered without reserve, so this collection is not to be missed".

Below are four of the 89 models, with descriptions provided by CCA.

1949 Bentley MkVI

One of the stand outs is the 1949 Bentley MkVI two-door Coupe with "New Look" bodywork by James Young (as seen at the top of this article) which is estimated at £40,000 - £50,000. At the time, the design was somewhat polarising and just three were ordered, however, hindsight tells us that the appearance of the "New Look" has since influenced the design of many luxury cars since. Finished in Silver with Tudor Grey over a red leather interior, this is an important car in Bentley's history.

1961 Morris Minor Million

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Another special car in the collection is the Lilac 1961 Morris Minor Million, which is one of 349 examples made to celebrate the production of one million Morris Minors. CCA are offering number 21, which features its special choice of colour, white leather seats trimmed with black, wheel trim embellishers and the Morris 1,000,000 badging on the rear. MA2S31000021 is estimated at £15,000 – 20,000

1932 BSA "Family Four" Vee Twin Three-Wheeler

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One of the oldest cars in the collection is the 1932 BSA 'Family Four' Vee Twin Three-Wheeler which benefitted from a bare metal restoration in 2009 and has since travelled just a small amount of miles. The restoration retained an extensive list of all the major components that were original to the car including the engine and chassis. The body was completely rebuilt using new ash framework as required, although 40% of it is original and the car is estimated at £8,000 - £10,000.

1953 Ford Consul Mk1 Farnham Estate

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The last of four cars to be previewed from the 89-strong collection is the 1953 Ford Consul Mk1 Farnham Estate. This example is a well-known show car and is fresh from the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. Finished in Dorchester Grey, it is fitted with an exterior sun visor, chrome luggage rack, driving lamps, badge bar and signpost light and is estimated at £7,000 - £9,000.

For this auction, the buyers premium is 11% + VAT and bidding is available online with either The Saleroom or Proxibid, on the telephone or via a commission (pre) bid. The auction takes place on September 18 and 19.

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