The Aston Martin DB AR1 Is Ultra Rare and Super Quirky


This is the Aston Martin DB AR1– and it's a very fascinating, rare, and eccentric cars and truck. This DB AR1 is one of simply 99 produced. It was developed by Zagato and made solely for the American market. We are enjoyed be offering this one for sale on CARS & BIDS !! Today I'm reviewing this Aston Martin DB AR1, and I'll show you all the lots of quirks and features. I'll also get behind the wheel and examine the driving experience.


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00:31 It Can Be Yours On CARS & BIDS!!!
01:04 Overview
03:58 The Roofing Scenario
06:18 Trunk Peculiarities
07:34 Styling and Design
09:31 Vroom Vroom
10:02 More Exterior Quirks & Characteristic
11:43 V12 Powertrain
13:27 Recent Maintenance
13:47 Interior Quirks & Features
19:32 Stereo
20:50 Ford Switchgear
21:50 Handbook Transmission
22:37 No Rear Seats
23:23 Special Thanks to Aston Martin Newport Beach
23:52 Driving Experience
28:23 Final Ideas
28:44 DougScore

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The Aston Martin DB AR1 Is Ultra Rare and Super Quirky

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  1. It happens very rarely that you present a car I haven’t heard of before. This is one of those, wow 👏🏼

    1. I came here to say Just that…. maybe only the thrid time there is a car iv never heard of before.

    2. Same. I knew about the Zagato designed DB7, but had no idea a roadster version was made exclusively for the US.
      I think the roofed version is best for obvious reasons though.

    3. Yet Doug knew it even all the way back 20yrs when it was new. This only comes to show us how superior he is to as plebian automotive freaks 😅

  2. Fun Fact: The DB7, which was the base for the DB AR1, has the rear taillights from the Mazda 323F, the chassis from the Jaguar XJS, the door handles from the Mazda MX5 (NA), the door mirrors from the Citroen CX, the optional automatic transmission from the Hummer H1, the I6 engine block from Jaguar, and if you do get the I6 version, it has a supercharger from the Ford Thunderbird.

    1. The hood latch release has a rear-hinged image while the actual car hood (bonnet) is front-hinged. I wonder what car the hood latch release is from.

    2. @@welshrarebit9238his comment is about the DB7 not the reviewed car. Read carefully before commenting!

  3. Doug looks at the owner’s manual but doesn’t go back to the days when he would read us some quirks in the manual. I miss his doing that.

  4. The owners manual showing “079 of 99” is driving my OCD crazy, with that 0 before the 79 but not the 99. The top bag has “079/099” though.

    1. ​@@jakeprewitt3009I just realized it shouldn’t be RHD either since this is the “American” Roadster.

  5. The key is exactly the same as European Ford models of the 90s and early 2000s, if the ignition barrel is worn too much it’s very easy to steal.

    1. yes and the keyhole behind the badge for the trunk is also a ford thing. That’s how you opened the hood on a mondeo.

    2. Yeah, all Doug does is point-and-tell with cars and he didn’t know that about the key? I guess it’s life long learning…

  6. The key shape isn’t really that uncommon.

    I’m not sure if it’s still the case, but that was the key and tumbler design for Ford locks in Europe for decades, and must be why Aston and Jaguar used them, since they were under Ford ownership.

  7. An aluminum shift knob in a convertible designed for bright sunny days… I guess Zagato never saw Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  8. I remember when dealerships were trying to give these away in the early 2010s for like 60 grand. Such a steal back then.

    1. I missed out on some really cool cars back in the day. I recall in 2005/2006 Gen 4 Supras trading hands for around $20,000 or less sometimes, $25,000 for NSX’s. I came close to buying a Supra, but it would have taken too much out of our house down payment fund. I still feel bad about missing out as it was that really rare bluish purple color that’s kinda like the Ford mystichrome they used on some Cobras.

    1. Oh yeah, and he’s been using a chair recently too. That’s like hell freezing over in my book.

  9. The AR1 had special tail lights. The DB7 had Mazda tails lights….from the plain, old 1989 323F.

  10. Love this! Need more classic 2000s quirky car reviews. Thanks Doug!
    -575 Super America would be great nice too!

    1. Even though these Astin AR1 wasn’t sold in large numbers not sold globally I think it looks good. Plz teply

    2. If you own one of these you better hope you don’t damage that rear panel. That would be very expensive to replace 😬

    1. @@musicandtech04 Actually, they made 99 plus 1 with the final example not being sold to a client in the US, but for Aston Martin’s own collection.

  11. I saw a DB AR1 once in my life and it was in Switzerland, probably 2008. It was on diplomatic plates. I remember thinking that this car looks kinda weird for an Aston Martin and took pictures of it. Only later I realised how rare it was, especially in Europe.

  12. The parking brake (handbrake) is known as a ‘fly-off’. Traditional British cars like MGs, Morgans, Triumphs, etc. were typically fitted with them too.

  13. This is most likely the rarest series built factory car I have ever seen driving around. It was a light green metallic one and it was driving on the A2 highway between Utrecht and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I think it was about 2008. This also means that at least one car was outside the USA by then!

  14. I love how Doug always lists those handbrakes as quirky and describes them like hes never seen one before. Despite having reviewed dozens of cars with them

  15. I used to work at a luxury car dealership and we had one of the DB7 Zagato coupés in our inventory. I never really noticed it until i asked my boss what kind of Aston that was. I was very surprised to hear that it was one of 99 and by far the most expensive car in our inventory at that time. Always thought it looked rather ugly.

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