The first of a run of 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation models is revealed as AML head to Le Mans to give the new Zagato its first public outing.
It was September last year when Aston Martin announced they were planning a limited run – just 19 – of a new Aston Martin DB4 GT Continuation, and that they’d be throwing in a free DBS GT in to the deal. Well, if you had £7 million to spare, that is.
Now, some eight months on, the first DB4 GT Zagato is ready to face its public, and AML has released the first images of the firts of the new run ahead of a public debut at Le Mans.
Built at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell Heritage Division, the new Zagato Continuation took a whopping 4,500 hours to build and, this one at least, features a Rosso Maja paint job using paint specially mixed by paint supplier Max Meyer who was responsible for the paint on the original DB4 GT Zagato.
Inside there’s a nod to modernity with carbon fibre racing seats, although they are covered in black leather, as are the door cards and headliner, with an FIA roll cage and period instruments.
Power comes from an updated 4.7 litre version of the of the original’s straight-six with moer than 390bhp heading for the back wheels through a four-speed manual ‘box and limited-slip diff.
Despite some criticism of Aston’s ‘Continuation’ cars – including a yet-to-arrive Goldfinger DB5 – Aston’s Andy Palmer is convinced it’s a good move. He said:
The development and successful creation of this latest Continuation car is an achievement that should not be underestimated. Indeed, it could well be argued that we are making history with these new cars.
Celebrating our brand’s deep and enduring partnership with Zagato in this, their landmark year, by launching the DBZ Centenary Collection has been a mammoth undertaking and I’m personally extremely proud of the results in the shape of this new DB4 GT Zagato.