Thursday, 25 July 2013

DB4GT Zagato

Words & photos: Daniel Bevis

Zagato's sylph-like remodelling of the Aston Martin DB4GT brought forth arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever created. From its Frenched-in tail-lights to the subtly stretched mouth, every inch of it exudes class and delicacy, while somehow pulling off the neat trick of being muscular and aggressive at the same time.

Debuting at the 1960 London Motor Show, the Zagato DB4 was basically a DB4GT underneath (that is, a sporty reworking of the DB4, with a 3.7-litre straight-six with twin spark plugs, two distributors, and three twin-choke Weber carbs), but lightened, honed and optimised for competition. The fact that its aluminium curves were jaw-droppingly gorgeous was seemingly a secondary issue. Just nineteen DB4GT Zagatos were built - as well as seventy-five standard DB4GTs, and one Bertone special called the 'Jet' - and their value today is, well, stratospheric. Think six figures.

This California-registered example was on display at Aston Martin's recent centenary event in Kensington Gardens - for more photos, click here.

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