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Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation debuts At Le Mans

motor1 logo motor1 11/06/2019 Christopher Smith
a red car parked in a parking lot: Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation © Motor1.com UK Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

It's as stunning as it is rare . . . and expensive.

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is an exceedingly rare race car from the 1960s, but anyone steeped in the history of the automobile – and specifically that golden age of racing – knows that’s it’s so much more than simply a rare car. Handcrafted and lightweight with a thin skin of aluminium and a 3.7-litre straight-six, it was as beautiful as it was quick. Only 19 were built, but Aston Martin is adding an additional 19 to that count as the latest project in the automaker’s continuation series. The first of the series will wow crowds at Aston Martin’s display during this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, slated to take place June 15-16 at the famous French endurance track.

Old is new again:

The stunning DB4 GT Zagato Continuation is faithful to the original racer on just about every front. The cars are built at Aston’s Heritage Division headquarters in Buckinghamshire, utilising a combination of modern technology and original hand craftsmanship. For example, the DB4’s body has a digital origin, but the actual aluminium body panels are shaped by hand using the same techniques perfected by engineers and artisans from decades past. Beneath the panels is a lightweight tubular frame, and since these are designed to be race cars, an FIA-approved roll cage is part of the package.

a close up of a red and black engine: Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation © Motor1.com UK Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

Not all things are original, however. The leather-trimmed racing seats are actually made from carbon fibre. Even bigger changes are under the bonnet, both literally and figuratively with a 4.7-litre version of the original 3.7-litre inline-six. As such, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation creates over 390 bhp, and it's all corralled to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission.

a red car parked on the side of a road: Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation © Motor1.com UK Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation

The new Zagato joins a growing family of Aston Martin Continuation vehicles, including 25 DB4 GTs that were introduced back in late 2016. The DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is currently in production with deliveries expected to begin next year, though the DB4 GT Zagato will reach customers first beginning late this year. Owning such a rare, factory-built recreation won’t be cheap, however. Each car commands a tidy £6 million price tag.

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