1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato “2 VEV”

courtesy of Bonhams

Bonhams is delighted to offer this ultimate, individual Aston Martin Zagato to the car-collecting world. This competition coupe — always known by its distinctive U.K. road-registration number “2 VEV” — is simply the best known and most charismatic of all Aston Martin DB4GT Zagatos.

This ultimate Zagato variant, the 1962 “Manage Project 209,” was essentially a development prototype — sharing a near-identical new chassis structure to the DP214 Works-run “Project car” design then forthcoming for the Aston Martin factory team’s revival in 1963. While there were 19 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato cars manufactured overall, only three of them were to this ultimate MP 209 specification — known internally at the Feltham factory as the “Super Lightweight” or “GTSL.”

Of all those 19 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagatos manufactured through 1960–62 — the renowned British berlinettas — “2 VEV” is indeed the most well-known… especially for its contemporary appearances in the hands of one of the greatest — and truly most revered — racing drivers that the motor sporting world has ever seen.

Thor Thorson

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Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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