Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato continuation

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Wednesday 12 June 2019
 

The first of Aston Martin’s DBZ Centenary Collection, the DB4 GT Zagato, is to make its public debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance epic this weekend, though it won’t be running.

Rather it will be on display at the company’s VIP centre at Circuit de la Sarthe. And you won’t be able to get up close and personal with it either, for fear of damaging its ultra-thin aluminium panels. Said to be Aston Martin’s most expensive new car, it is one of the highlights of the British firm’s centenary year.

This is the first complete DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, and is one of only 19 cars being made. They’re expensive because each one represents approximately 4500 hours of hand-built craftsmanship. Aston uses a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship - hand-finished body panels are worked from flat sheets of 1.2 mm thick aluminium - and the application of modern computer-driven engineering techniques.

The Continuation cars programme kicked off in 2017. All models are created at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. The car on show in France represents the pinnacle of Aston Martin’s Continuation projects thus far, and continues the brand’s more than 50-year association with Italian coachbuilder and design house, Zagato.

Finished in Rosso Maja (“red beauty”) paint, the car’s exterior colour has been matched to that of the original. The interior features Obsidian Black leather coverings for the carbon fibre race seats, door cards, and headliner.

The latest model is powered by a larger capacity 4.7L version of the straight-six found in the DB4 GT Continuation and is good for 290kW, or almost 400hp. This drives the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. Original instruments and a full FIA-approved roll cage are standard, as are the Borrani silver coloured wheels.

The original DB4 GT Zagato was a track-only machine built to take on the Ferraris of the 1960s. Back then just 19 Zagatos were produced, so the Continuation series is literally true to the original in that regard as well. Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, commented “After the unprecedented success of the DB4 GT Continuation cars, we are once again bringing to life the stuff of Aston Martin folklore.”

These cars don’t come cheap, each priced at £6m plus taxes. That’s twice the cost of a Bugatti Chiron, as a point of comparison. Deliveries begin later this year, while DBS GT Zagatos are a year away.

The next series of Continuation cars is the most ambitious yet, the Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5, complete with spy gadgets. That will also come to market in 2020.

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