It’s THE stunning supercar that will have petrolheads across Leeds revving with excitement.
The £800,000 Bentley Zagato has just gone on display at a JCT600 dealership in the city.
But its price tag and eye-catching appearance aren’t the only things that are special about this slice of heaven on four wheels.
For it began life as a Bentley GT Speed Coupe 2008 – far from a snip at £60,000 but still not in the supercar league.
It was bought from Gelderd Road’s JCT600 Leodis Court Bentley dealership in 2011 by a retired businessman from London.
He then handed the bright red car over to Italian automotive design house Zagato, famed for customised conversions of Bentleys and other classy marques such as Alfa Romeo and Ferrari.
Each and every one of its exterior panels was replaced and today it is resplendent in a fetching shade of green.
The car remains unchanged under the bonnet but can still do 0-60 in a less-than-shabby 4.5 seconds.
More crucially, it is also one of only nine Bentleys in the world to have undergone a Zagato conversion.
The vehicle’s owner agreed to put it on display at Leodis Court after bringing it back for a service.
JCT600 Leodis Court Bentley general manager Michael Carr told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We sold the car following a telephone inquiry from a collector and it seemed a fairly normal sale of a beautiful, but standard bright red Bentley GT.
“It’s amazing to see the car coming home to Leeds two years later as a green Bentley Zagato, one of the rarest supercars in the world.
“This really is a very special car and one of just two Bentley Zagato models still in the UK.
“We’ll have it on display at Leodis Court until March 20 and urge any enthusiasts to come along and see it for themselves – it’s likely to be the only chance they get!”
Bradford-based JCT600 is a family business with 42 dealerships in Yorkshire and the rest of the North.
ZAGATO proudly describes itself as a “coachbuilder with a long tradition”.
Founded in Milan in 1919 by body designer Ugo Zagato, it develops only the shell of its cars with the mechanics of the original machine left untouched.
The work of the firm’s experts combines aerodynamics and lightweight construction, principles important in the aviation industry where Ugo learned his trade.
One of its creations, the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato of the 1960s, was driven by legendary race aces Stirling Moss and Jim Clark.