21 November, 2012

Auction for the Pagani Zonda GJ

One of the more fascinating aspects of the modern motoring scene is the recent emergence of the small independent supercar manufacturer, many of which have gone from relative obscurity to the status of household names in just a few short years, usually on the back of a product range offering hitherto almost unimaginable levels of performance. Whereas at one time established manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin only had one another to worry about, they now have to contend with the likes of Koenigsegg, Spyker, Noble, Ultima and, of course, Pagani. 

Horacio Pagani was no newcomer to the world of automotive engineering when he built the first Zonda in 1999, for the Argentine-born industrial design graduate had been working with Lamborghini since the mid-1980s, developing the Countach and Diablo road cars and assisting with the Italian manufacturer's Formula 1 engine programme. The Zonda C12 debuted in coupé form at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show, its maker freely acknowledging that its styling had been inspired by the Mercedes-Benz Group C 'Silver Arrow'sports-racers. Mercedes-Benz's influence was more than just skin deep, for the German firm's AMG performance division was responsible for the Zonda's 6.0-litre V12 engine, which was mounted longitudinally amidships in the predominantly carbon fibre body tub. With some 408 horsepower on tap, the C12 was always going to be quick but performance figures of 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds and 0-100 in 8.2 were simply staggering plus, of course, that all important 200mph (or thereabouts) top speed. 

Seemingly small from the outside yet endowed with a comfortable cabin, the C12 provided the basis for a host of derivatives, which emerged from Pagani's factory at San Cesario sul Panaro near Modena (where else?) in strictly limited numbers over the next 11 years. After only a handful of 6.0-litre C12s had been built (and sold for around $320,000 apiece) the model was joined by the 7.0-litre C12 S in 2001. Maximum power increased to 542bhp with a commensurate increase in all round performance, the 0-60mph time dipping below 4 seconds; and as if that wasn't enough, a 7.3-litre, 555bhp version followed in 2002. Traction control became standard equipment on a Pagani for the first time with the 7.3's introduction.

In 2003 Pagani finally got around to introducing the inevitable open roadster version of the Zonda C12 S 7.3, production of which was intended to run to only 40 units. Subsequent variations on the C12 theme include the Zonda GR sports-racer, C12 S Monza track-day car, C12 F and C12 Roadster F, Zonda R track car, Zonda Cinque and Cinque Roadster, Zonda Tricolore and various 'one-offs' for wealthy clients. 

Originally manufactured as a right-hand drive C12 S Coupé, chassis number '46' was sent back to the factory in late 2009 for accident repairs and upgrading to high-performance 'F' specification. Completed in 2010, this work included the incorporation of some Zonda Cinque features such as two front splitters, side skirts and mirrors while at the rear the car received Zonda Tricolore air ducts, wing and diffusers. 

The uppermost and lowest sections of this unique Zonda were then repainted in black (it was originally silver) with the bonnet, engine cover, doors, etc left in matt carbon fibre with contrasting lateral red stripe. 

Inside, the centre console was replaced, a Zonda F dashboard installed, and the entire interior re-trimmed in black leather with contrasting red stitching. The vendor's initials – 'GJ' – were engraved on the centre console and front bumper.

Mechanical improvements included a switch to forged aluminium Zonda F wheels complete with titanium nuts and bolts, and an upgrade of all suspension groups with carbon-ceramic brakes (4-piston red callipers at the front and 6-piston at the rear). A Zonda F Club Sport stainless steel exhaust system was fitted complete with ceramic-coated manifolds, which also involved replacing bulkheads, brackets, gearbox/engine supports, etc. 

The result of the exhaust and air intake changes was an increase in maximum power of nearly 25bhp. For the conversion and upgrading, Pagani charged a total of €326,820 (approximately £261,500) including taxes (invoices on file). The car's original purchase price was €424.280 (approximately £339,400).

Since acquisition the car has been back to Pagani's Modena factory for regular servicing, which is detailed in accompanying bills, and we are advised that it is being delivered straight from its most recent service to the sale. Additional documentation includes the original 'Irrevocable Sale Proposal' (purchase invoice), Certificate of Conformity, HM Customs & Excise and DVLA paperwork, accident damage report, and Swansea V5C registration document. 

In short: what we have here is a state-of-the art modern supercar, extensively reconstructed and upgraded at the factory only two years ago, which is offered with full history from new. The latter also includes correspondence from Horacio Pagani himself. 

Summing up this unique Zonda, which must represent the ultimate in bespoke motor manufacturing, he says: 'It will be an object created together, out of your desire and taste, in the same way Francesco I of Amboise committed his projects to Leonardo de Vinci.' 

Lot heading
One owner from new
2003/2010 Pagani Zonda C12 S/F 7.3-Litre Coupé
Registration no. RX54 NZO
Chassis no. ZA9C820C10SF76046
Auction Notices
Please note that the date for this vehicle should be 2004/2010

Source Bonhams Auction

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