Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato1960 - 1963
Model: DB4 (1958 - 1963)
Wikipedia (DB4): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB4
(1960 - 1963)
The Aston Martin DB4 GT made its premiere at the 1959 London Motor Show. The car was designed by Aston Martin and used the Superleggera body frame system - aluminium panels on tubular support frames - produced by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. Although similar to the Aston Martin DB4, the differences added up to a very different motor car.
Five inches were chopped off the original Aston Martin DB4 wheelbase, making the GT easier to handle on a race track and reducing the overall weight; the engine was equipped with new twin-plug head and 45 DCO Webers, which increase power output to an impressive 302 bhp. The Aston Martin DB4 GT was the first of many Aston Martin's to use the cowled headlights.
The Zagato was given an even more powerful engine than the standard GT by using an even higher 9.7:1 compression ratio. This was able to produce a quoted 314 bhp. Needless to say that the performance was and still is very impressive with a top speed of 153 mph and 0 to 60 acceleration in 6.1 seconds.
Although DB4GT/0200R has the highest chassis number, it was actually the first example built and was unveiled at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1960. The car features a unique curved bright strip which wraps itself around the wing vent and then extends across the door. The car was raced at the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1962 in the hands of Salmon and Baillie where it unfortunately retired after 9 and a half hours with a blown piston.
DB4GT/0176 is probably the most original of all the 19 surviving cars and despite being nearly 40 years old, it has a very low mileage and is in remarkably original condition. Like many of the Zagato’s it was originally painted in red, the national racing colour of Italy. Thankfully, 0176 is unusual in retaining it’s original colour unlike many of it’s contemporaries which are now Aston Racing Green (or similar California Sage). I particularly like the spokes on the Borrani wheels being painted to match the body colour.
The Zagato is probably the most desirable Aston Martin but this wasn’t always the case. The factory had plans to produce 25 cars and production started with the highest chassis number (DB4GT/0200/R), further cars had lower chassis numbers. But demand wasn’t that strong and only 20 cars were completed; of those, two shared the same chassis number. The last two cars were sold off cheaply by the factory to the Aston Martin dealer, HWM, who in eventually managed to sell the unwanted cars. Now the Zagato is rated as the most beautiful of all Astons with a value potentially around the £5,000,000 mark and maybe much more. The remaining unused chassis numbers were eventually ‘recycled’ in 1991 with the emergence of the Sanction 2 cars.
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|Year from-to||Engine code||Fuel||[ccm]||Cylinders||[kW]||[Nm]||No. of
|1960||1963||DB4 GT||gasoline||3 670||6 / In-Line||225||366||12|
|1960||1963||DB4 Zagato||gasoline||3 670||6 / In-Line||234||377||12|