Aston Martin is gearing up to begin deliveries of its limited-run DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, with ten customerexamples nearing completion at the firm’s Newport Pagnell-based Heritage Division.
Each car is the result of around 4500 hours of labour carried out by the engineers, handcrafted using what Aston calls "artisan coachbuilding skills", including techniques more commonplace in the middle of the last century.
The first completed DB4 GT Zagato Continuation model was shown at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. It was painted in Rosso Maja, a colour mixed by paint supplier Max Meyer specially for use on the original Zagato DB4.
Inside, carbonfibre race seats are trimmed in black leather, as are the door cards and headliner, with carpets decorated to match. A full FIA-approved roll cage and period-correct race instrumentation also feature.
As well as the 19 DB4 GT Zagato Continuation models being produced, the same number of a bespoke new supercar, called the DBS GT Zagato, are scheduled for production, but the two models will only be available to buy as a package – at a cost of £6 million for the set, before tax.
The track-only DB4 GT Zagato is powered by an updated 4.7-litre version of the Tadek Marek-designed straight-six engine that features in the original. It delivers more than 390bhp to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.
The modern car has not yet been revealed fully, but renderings released by Aston offer a good glimpse at its dramatic design. It’s based on the DBS Superleggera, and will feature the same short tail and double-bubble roof of previous Zagato Astons. The 715bhp turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 will also remain.
Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer said: "The partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato is one of the most fruitful and enduring in the automotive world. With Zagato celebrating its centenary next year, what better way to celebrate this landmark - and the long-standing bond between our two great companies - than creating these 19 pairs of cars.”