The London Motor Show, Earls Court of 1960 saw the introduction of probably the most beautiful cars of all time and certainly the greatest road going Aston Martin. Each DB4 GT rolling chassis was sent over to the Zagato factory in Milan to be clothed in the lightweight body designed by the young Ercole Spada.
 
 
Only 19 Zagato bodied examples of the classic AM DB4 GT race car were built. They were designed to compete against the Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta Coupes in international competition.
 
 
Today the Zagato bodied DB4 GT is considered to be one of the most desirable of all collectable cars for its rarity, beauty, and its speed.
  
 
Set to Exact Factory Specifications
Our cars will carry a hand-crafted all-alloy body constructed in our Italian workshops (optional) with mechanicals to the exact factory specifications as the original cars, and completed with final assembly by our own Aston Martin and Jaguar workshop. Clients can select from the individual unique body styles and mechanical drive trains of this series.

Built to Compete
Zagato, based in Turin, was well-known for constructing lightweight aluminum bodies for Alfa Romeo and others, including various Le Mans winners. Aston Martin sent the DB4 to Zagato for weight reduction to help it compete with Ferrari's 250 GT on the track.
 

 
The DB4 emerged 100 lbs lighter and clothed in a sleek, new body. The car had a 3.7-liter, DOHC inline six under the hood, producing more than 300 bhp.
 
 
 
To compete with the Ferrari 250 GT roller coaster, David Brown needed a faster version of the Aston Martin DB4 to stay competitive. The resultant DB4 Zagato was easily one of the most exciting and beautiful British sports cars. A year after the DB4 release, Aston Martin was anxious to take it to the track.
 
To do this they upgraded the DB4 to GT specification. The GT model had distinct modifications which prepared the DB4 for racing endurance. These included a shortened the wheelbase, less interior and more robust construction. Externally, the DB4 GT is easily recognized by its cowled headlights and massive hood scoop. Under the hood, triple Weber carburetors, twin ignition and a 9 to 1 compression ratio help raise the power to 302 bhp.

Zagato Takes the DB4 to the Next Level
Despite a large factory backing, the DB4 GT only achieved moderate success. Although competitive, DB4s were beaten in the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood by Ferrari. Such loss motivated Aston Martin to take the DB4 to the next level. To do this they enlisted the work of Zagato.
 

 
Turin based Zagato was well known for their lightweight body construction. Well before the DB4, Zagato established themselves building aluminum bodies for Alfa Romeo and clothed many prewar Le Mans winners.
 

 
Zagato transformed the DB4 GT into a smaller, more lightweight car. Many steel components were replaced by aluminum counterparts. The bumpers were removed. Basically all non-essential elements disappeared. With the help of perspex and aluminum components, more than 100 lbs were shed off the DB4 GT.

Styling of the car was enlisted to Ercole Spada who was a newcomer to the Zagato firm. Within a weeks time, Spada finished the DB4 GT form.
 

 
The DB4 GT form became one of the more memorable Zagato cars. It combined the essence of Aston Martin with Zagato's free flowing lines.
 
 
1 VEV and 2 VEV Driven by Roy Salvadori and Jim Clark
Probably the most famous Zagatos ever, 1 VEV and 2 VEV were both ordered especially lightened for racing by John Ogier's Essex Racing Stable. Although this was not a works team as such, it enjoyed strong factory support. Both cars competed at Le Mans and have been raced by such famous names as Roy Salvadori and Jim Clark. 2 VEV was seriously damaged in 1962 during a crash at Spa and was replaced by a new car built to DP209 specification, with the same registration number and incorporating many modifications. Another accident in 1993 – except this time on the road – returned the car to Works Service at the factory which returned it to 1962 specification. The three DP209 cars are easily distinguished with their lower roofline, broader rear wings, a reshaped tail and flatter, longer nose.
 

On the track, the DB4 Zagato raced at many important races alongside cars such as the Ferrari GTO. Unfortunately, due to low rigidity and over steer, it was still beaten by the Ferraris. This may stem from the fact that the car was originally developed as a road car. As such, the DB4 Zagato is remains as one of the most desirable and unique classics ever to grace English roads.
 

 

 
This is a rare opportunity to take delivery of a unique car that was produced in very limited numbers and has a timeless Italian style with the heart of a Lion.
 
 
Hand-crafted in Our Workshops
Each car body will be hand-crafted by expert local artisans to the original factory specifications, with final assembly and track tested in our own workshop ready to thrill its new owner. These automobiles are being constructed using our customer’s Aston Martin donor automobile, or an Aston Martin donor car from our inventory.

Rarity Index: 19 cars

Current Value of an Original Car: $6.7 million
Keith Martin's Sports Car Market auction price guide
 

 
It is now possible, for a fraction of the cost of an original car, to enjoy driving a legendary sports racing car on the world’s historic race circuits, surrounded by other cars no less mythical. Fine Sports Cars automobiles can be used in competition at selected vintage events, or registered for road use.
 
 
If your car is intended for use in vintage racing events, FIA Certification can be arranged on special request. Fine Sports Cars provides enthusiasts and collectors with faithful and accurate renditions of the world's rarest legendary cars.

Please contact us for to discuss the current price of the above car that will meet your requirements.
 
 

Fine Sports Cars' documentation includes:
• An original chassis plate and door plate from the donor car
• A personalized numbered chassis plate
• A numbered door plate detailing the place of origin and the manufacturer
• A signed certificate of authenticity which documents the place of manufacture, the originality of the donor car, and history of the car model
• A complete list of specifications and parts

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