A unique 2017 Pagani Zonda Aether roadster is a feature lot for the RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi 2019 collector car auction.
RM Sotheby’s a one-off 2017 Pagani Zonda Aether roadster, estimate: $4,500,000 – $5,500,000, as one of the lead cars for the Abu Dhabi sale on 30 November 2019 during the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend.
2017 Pagani Zonda Aether roadster
Though the Zonda was discontinued from production in 2012, Pagani has continued to unveil one-off special editions of the legendary hypercar, with the Zonda Aether roadster presented by RM Sotheby’s, chassis no. ZA9C820C110F76131, estimate: $4,500,000 – $5,500,000, being one of the final and most potent examples yet.
Born of the Pagani atelier and christened ‘the Aether’ after the pure air above the clouds, beneath the car’s stunning exposed carbon-fiber roadster body sits a devilishly powerful, naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V-12 engine producing 760 bhp and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Aether’s striking exterior features a mix of matte and gloss carbon fiber with contrasting red accents, a massive rear wing, black wheels, and a rear diffuser. Many elements are inspired by the Zonda Cinque, including a carbon-fiber roof scoop and similar air intakes on the rear arches. Additional bespoke features include door straps instead of handles and a green push-button starter from the Zonda R.
In the age of hybrid hypercars, the Zonda offers an incredible analog driving experience, and the Aether is one of the finest specifications built. Offered from the collection of its original owner, the Aether is the first Zonda to be offered at auction in nearly seven years and is an opportunity not to be missed.
“Horacio Pagani’s goal has always been to create a car that is both an engineering marvel and a work of art, and he’s certainly achieved that in the Zonda Aether,” comments Michael Squire, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Each new Pagani model and example revealed has become immediately collectible, a true accomplishment for a relatively new manufacturer. The Aether is an incredible combination of form and function, one that’s difficult to take your eyes off, and we look forward to finding it a new home within a discerning collection of sports and supercars at our inaugural Abu Dhabi sale.”
RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi Collector Car Auction 2019
RM Sotheby’s held its first auction ever in the Gulf Region as part of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend on 30 November 2019. The sale included Grand Prix racing machines, road-going sports cars with a historical connection to the world of motorsport, alongside a broader collection of classic and supercars.
RM Sotheby’s earned $31.3 million at the Abu Dhabi 2019 sale. Only around half of the 40 cars on offer sold during the auction.