Aston Martin to debut DB4 GT Zagato Continuation at Le Mans

Aston Martin to debut DB4 GT Zagato Continuation at Le Mans

Meticulously based on the 1960s originals, just 19 examples will be built of the track-only sports car with the multi-million-dollar price tag

The first Aston Martin DB4 GT
Zagato Continuation, the next piece of the British automaker’s DBZ Centenary
Collection, will debut this week during the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the iconic
French circuit. 

One of just 19 cars planned for production, the first example of the DB4 GT Zagato Continuations will be shown at the company’s VIP facility during the endurance race. 

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The aluminum-bodied Zagato is completely hand-crafted

The production model of the
track-only sports car represents around 4,500 hours “of painstaking and
meticulous artisan craftsmanship,” Aston Martin says in a news release.

“As with all the Continuation cars, the Zagato has been created at Aston Martin’s globally renowned Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire,” the news release says. 

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Zagato worked its styling magic on the 1960s DB4 GT

“The car on show in France
this weekend represents the pinnacle of Aston Martin’s Continuation projects to
date, and proudly continues the brand’s 50-plus year association with
world-renowned Italian coachbuilder and design house, Zagato.”

First customer deliveries of the DB4 Zagato Continuations are slated for the third quarter of this year.  Each continuation car will be sold in a package deal with a new DBS GT Zagato, a modern supercar that will be delivered about a year later.

The
price tag:  £6 million, or around $7.6
million.  Plus tax.

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The straight-6 engine generates 390 horsepower

The Aston Martin DB4 Zagato
was originally built to race against Ferrari in the 1960s, and beautifully
styled by Zagato. The 19 original cars are reflected in the planned production
number of the new
continuation
series.

“Each car is being
constructed to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David
Brown-era old-world craftsmanship and the
sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance
enhancements,” the release says.

Aston’s continuation program launched in 2017 with 25 DB4 GT Continuation cars, which the company considers to have been a tremendous success in both sales and prestige.

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Traditional craftsmanship was utilized to create the Aston

The Zagato sports racer is
powered by a 4.7-liter straight-6 engine, which has been tuned to produce “in
excess of 390 bhp,” Aston Martin says. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels
through a 4-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. 

Standard equipment includes “Continuation
specification instrumentation and interior equipment,” along with a full
FIA-approved roll cage and
Borrani silver-painted wheels.

The DB4 Zagato Continuation follows the same construction techniques as the original, with thin-gauge aluminum body panels over a lightweight tubular frame mounted on a track-ready chassis. 

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The DB4 GT Zatago Continuation is for track-use only

“The development and
successful creation of this latest Continuation car is an achievement that
should not be underestimated,” Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda president and
chief executive, said in the release. “Indeed, it could well be argued that we
are making history with these new cars.”

Carrozzeria Zagato of Milan, Italy, marks the 100th anniversary of its founding during 2019. 

“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,” Palmer
added.

Next up for the Continuation series is another landmark model, the Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 Continuation, made famous by fictional 007 secret agent James Bond and complete with spy gear.  

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