DBZ Centenary Collection will be limited to 19 pairs of cars; customers get one for the road and one for the track
It’s called the DBZ Centenary Collection and for a mere $7.89 million (£6 million), plus applicable local taxes, you get a DB4 GT Zagato continuation racing car and a new DBS GT Zagato for use on public roads. Aston Martin and Zagato announced production Wednesday, adding that only 19 pairs of cars will be produced, and they will be sold only as pairs.
The cars are being done as part of the centennial in 2019 of the Italian design and coachbuilding company.
“The partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato is one of the most fruitful and enduring in the automotive world,” Aston Martin president Andy Palmer said in the companies’ joint news release. “With Zagato celebrating its centenary next year, what better way to celebrate this landmark – and the longstanding bond between our two great companies – than creating these 19 pairs of cars.
“As an engineer I would always say my favourite Aston Martin is the next one, but I have to say I’m struggling to think of a finer two-car garage than this!”
“Great Britain has always appreciated our work,” said Andrea Zagato, head of the Milan-based design house founded by his grandfather in 1919. “In particular, I must say I’m honored and very proud that Aston Martin has chosen to celebrate our longstanding partnership with this unique DBZ Centenary Collection.”
Aston Martin noted that for 58 of Zagato’s 100 years, the two companies have enjoyed “a remarkable creative partnership,” which has produced vehicles such as the historic DB4 GT Zagato and the new Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake.
Of the 19 pairs of DBZ Centenary Collection to be produced, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation racing cars will be built at Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell, original home of the DB4, while the DBS GT Zagato will be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon, UK, headquarters facility.
“Perfectly bookending Aston Martin and Zagato’s shared history, the DBZ Centenary Collection will be sure to take their place amongst the most coveted cars in the world,” the news release noted.
The original DB4 GT Zagato was built to take on Ferrari in motorsports competition. Just 19 were produced, and Aston Martin Works said the 19 continuation cars will be “completely authentic and meticulously crafted cars that are true to those original Zagato-bodied DB4 GTs produced by Aston Martin and Zagato in 1960.”
The cars will be produced using “Old World craftsmanship, with the sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements,” Aston Martin Works noted.
For example, “to improve the accuracy and consistency of the (aluminum) panels, the continuation car’s bodywork uses state-of-the-art digital scanning technology before being hand-finished in time-honored tradition.
“Beneath the bonnet sits a version of the celebrated Tadek Marek-designed straight-six-cylinder engine with two spark plugs per cylinder, transmitting its 380bhp to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential, for an authentic and unforgettable driving experience.
The DBS GT Zagato road cars will be based on Aston Martin’s potent DBS Superleggera, but with Zagato design including “a fresh interpretation of the iconic double-bubble roof.”
“Together with a striking front grille treatment and a dramatically truncated tail the DBS GT Zagato will present an amplified physique and an unmistakable presence.”
The first DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cars will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019 with the DBS GT Zagatos available in the fourth quarter of 2020, the companies said.