Friday, September 21, 2012

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato 1961

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato 1961


Manufacturer Aston Martin
Production 1960–1963
(25 produced, inc 4 Sanction II and 2 Sanction III)
Successor Aston Martin V8 Zagato
Class Grand tourer
Body style Coupe
Engine straight-6 DOHC 3670 cc
Transmission 4-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,362 mm (93.0 in)
Length 4,267 mm (168.0 in)
Width 1,557 mm (61.3 in)
Height 1,270 mm (50.0 in)
Curb weight 1,225 kg (2,701 lb)[1]
Related Aston Martin DB4
Designer Ercole Spada at Zagato

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was introduced in October 1960 at the London Motor Show. It was effectively a DB4 GT, lightened and improved by the Zagato Zagato factory in Italy, by Ercole Spada. Initially the factory had plans to produce 25 cars, but demand wasn’t as strong as expected and production ceased at the 20th unit. Nowadays, due to the rarity and popularity of the DB4 GT Zagato, the cars are worth a considerable amount of money, and at auction they reach well in excess of £1 million.
The popularity of the original DB4 GT Zagato has resulted in two subsequent waves of cars based on DB4s being rendered into “Zagatos” through the cooperation of Aston Martin and the Zagato works in Italy. They are known as “Sanction II” and “Sanction III” cars. Also, an unauthorised but lucrative private industry of modifying original DB4 GTs into “Zagato” replicas has arisen as well to meet market demand for high-quality Zagato recreations.

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