The first Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation– part of the Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection – made its appearance recently and is one of just 19 cars that will be made. The production model of this track-only sportscar, the latest in Aston Martin’s hugely successful Continuation programme which began with the DB4 GT Continuation series in 2017, represents the culmination of around 4,500 hours of painstaking and meticulous artisan craftsmanship.
Most expensive Aston Martins ever offered
Priced at £6 million (about RM31.53 million) each, the model is the most expensive Aston Martin ever offered. First deliveries to customers will commence from July 2019 for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and during the fourth quarter for the DBS GT Zagato.
As with all the Continuation cars, the Zagato has been created at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in England. The car represents the pinnacle of Aston Martin’s Continuation projects to date, and proudly continues the brand’s 50+ years of association with world-renowned Italian coachbuilder and design house, Zagato.
Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the car’s exterior colour has been matched to original masters created by Max Meyer & ICI, the paint suppliers for the original cars. Inside, the car is trimmed in Obsidian Black leather, which covers the pads in the carbonfibre racing seats; door cards, headliner and rear environment. Black Wilton carpets bound in Obsidian Black leather trim cover the floor, stitched in matching Obsidian Black thread.
The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-litre version of the in-line 6- cylinder petrol engine found in the DB4 GT Continuation and, in this form, is producing in excess of 390 bhp. This is transmitted to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.
Continuation specification instrumentation and interior equipment such as a full FIA-approved roll cage is standard, as are the Borrani silver painted wheels and polished lips.
Built to challenge Ferrari in the 1960s
Originally built to race against the might of Ferrari in the 1960s, the DB4 GT Zagato was a thoroughbred machine. Evolved for the rigours of motor racing and blessed with a rare and incontestable beauty, just 19 were made. Drawing on the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the team at Aston Martin Works, the 2019 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations are meticulously crafted, staying true to those original Zagato-bodied DB4 GTs produced by Aston Martin and Zagato in the 1960s.
Originally built as an evolution of the short-chassis DB4 GT, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation follows the same recipe, with those thin-gauge aluminium body panels dressing a lightweight tubular frame in a chassis optimised for track work.