1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

I can tell you firsthand that there were a number of bidders ready and
willing to drop two and a half million bucks on this car

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That ultimately became the single most important Gran Turismo in the entire history of Aston Martin was first seen at the 1960 London Motor Show. The DB4GT Zagato was designed by 23-year-old Ercole Spada under the watchful eye of Gianni Zagato. It retained a likeness to the original DB4, but with styling that Spada described as looking “like an animal having its skin tightened from a point on the middle of its back.”
The tried and true methods of the Zagato Carrozzeria made the finished product a much lighter and more spartan automobile than the standard model. Everywhere weight could be saved, it was. Seats were lighter, aluminum replaced steel in sections of the chassis, Perspex was used for the windows (except for the windshield), and fittings were lightened by use of different materials.
Chassis were sent from Newport Pagnell to Italy to be bodied and then returned to the U.K. for trimming and final assembly. No two of these cars were exactly the same, with each carrying its own Zagato/Aston DNA. The true connoisseur can point out each and every chassis because of these unique and beautiful differences.
Twenty examples were originally produced, with only eight being left hand drive. One car was destroyed, leaving the remaining 19 to exist today. The history of each has been well documented over the years with few having important period race provenance.
Many cars were raced when new, but few tasted the checkered flag, as the racing career of the Aston Zagato was brief and not as distinguished as perhaps the factory had hoped. But the likes of Moss, Salvadori and Clark helped glorify the model, and the brutishly macho DB4GT Zagato would become an instant classic shortly after it went out of production.
The 1962 DB4GT Zagato on offer here was originally sold to Commander James Murray, a naval attaché residing in Paris, France. Ordered through Garage Mirabeau, chassis 0190L was successfully driven by Roy Salvadori at the May 1962 BRSCC Brands Hatch Event and finished 1st in Class and 2nd overall, outpaced only by the Ferrari GTO driven by Innes Ireland. (Curiously, this race took place prior to its June 1962 delivery to Commander Murray.)
Today, the DB4GT Zagato is appreciated as one of the most outstanding sports racers of its era, a period when the battles of the racing scene were still fought with cars that could be run on the road.

Stephen Serio

Stephen Serio - SCM Contributor

Stephen is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. HIs vintage-Porsche-driving wife, Amanda, tolerates this all nicely.

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