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Spectacular Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s New York sale in December


Just 19 of the acclaimed Aston Martin DB4GT Zagatos were ever produced | RM Sotheby’s photos

Designers at the renowned Carrozzeria Zagato of Italy were no doubt on top of their game when they created the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful grand-touring cars.

Just 19 of the aluminum-bodied DB4s were built, and RM Sotheby’s auction will offer No. 14 during its New York collector-car auction  December 10. Considered to be the most desirable GT model of the storied Aston Martin marque, the coachbuilt car is expected to achieve a result in the high seven figures.

The Aston Martin was restored by a marque specialist and Zagato team

“Unquestionably the most valuable and coveted road-going Aston Martin ever built, the heady mix of Aston Martin’s accomplished and powerful DB4 clothed in Zagato’s extraordinarily beautiful lightweight aluminum bodywork, makes those 19 cars constructed amongst the most desirable on the planet,” according to a RM Sotheby’s news release.

The auction company has not presented a pre-auction estimated value for the DB4 Zagato, although the Hagerty price guide values the model in excellent condition between $8.5 million and $8.8 million.

Serial number DB4GT/0186/R was completed in England in 1961 and is the only example delivered new to Australia, where it was raced extensively and successfully, including winning the South Pacific GT Championship and a fourth-place finish in the Sports Car Championship, both on the same day.

The Aston Martin remained in Australia for the next 30 years, returning to England in 1993, and had only two subsequent owners, according to the news release.

This archive photo shows the Aston Martin racing in Australia during the 1960s

A two-year concours restoration undertaken in collaboration between Aston Martin specialist RS Williams in England and Carrozzeria Zagato’s facilities in Italy was completed in 2002. Since then, the car has been shown and garnered awards at such prestigious events as the Pebble Beach Concours, Concorso Villa d’Este, Louis Vuitton Concours and The Quail, a Motorsport Gathering.

“Never mind being the greatest Aston of all time, this is one of the greatest GT cars ever produced,” Rob Myers, chairman and founder of RM Sotheby’s, said in the news release. “To many, it is more beautiful than the stunning Ferrari 250 SWB, but it is also vastly rarer.

“To my mind, the DB4GT Zagato begs closer comparison to the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO, although far fewer Zagatos were built than even that. It is an absolute jewel of a car and truly an opportunity that presents itself once in a generation.”

RM Sotheby’s auction, named Driven by Disruption and offering some 30 “creatively styled and pioneering motor cars,” takes place December 10 at Sotheby’s 10th floor gallery in Manhattan. For more information, visit the auction website.


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. The only “comparison” between the DB4 GTZ and a GTO is that they occupied the same race track occasionally, giving the Z the chance to see the ass-end of the GTO. DB4 GTZ’s were hardly even competitive with 250GT SWB’s much less GTO’s. That said, and having seen Z’s raced in period, they are beautiful cars and stunning in person. But they were never really competitive at the top ranks in period and were hardly faster than DB4GT’s on the track. You do owe it to yourself though to hear an Aston 6 at full bellow – quite nice. Try Goodwood, where real men will RACE these cars, hard.

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