To help celebrate Zagato’s 100 year anniversary in 2019, Aston Martin will again collaborate with the Italian design house to create two high-value exclusive models.
Some 58 years after the brands first teamed-up, they’ve committed to making a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation based on the 1960s original and an all-new modern DBS GT Zagato – a rebodied version of Aston’s recently-launched DBS Superleggera.
Just 19 of each will be made. And there’s one huge proviso if you’re interested – you have to buy them as a pair for a combined £7.2million.
The £7.2m two-car garage: Aston Martin and Zagato have teamed up to create a new DBZ Collection that includes a DB4GT Continuation model to look like this ’60s original
The second model in the collection – of which 19 examples of each car will be made – is a rebodied version of the all-new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. It won’t be delivered to customers until 2020 and this is the only hint of what it will look like
The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, which is only allowed to be driven on track, will be a like-for-like remake of the original model that first competed in 1958.
Much of the parts manufacturing and assembly will strictly follow classic techniques, but Aston Martin will also employ modern technology to speed-up the build process.
For instance, the body panels will be hand-beaten like they would have been half a century ago, but they will be digitally scanned during the process to ensure they perfectly fit over the tubular chassis.
Like the 1960s model, it will use a 3.67-litre straight six engine producing 240bhp. The fact just 19 are being made is also in-line with the 1960 original, though four ‘Sanction II’ cars were later built in 1988.
It will be the responsibility of the British brand’s classic Works team to piece the continuation car together – that means it will be built at the same Newport Pagnell plant the original DB4 GT was assembled.
The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will be built for track-use only
It will be hand-crafted at Aston Martins Works classics facility in Newport Pagnell – the same factory where the original DB4GT was made
Like the 1960s original, it will use a 3.67-litre straight six engine producing 240bhp
As for the DBS GT Zagato, that will be constructed at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon.
Very few details of the modified DBS Superleggera have been revealed and Aston has released a single drawing of what it will look like.
As is tradition for any Zagato model, an enormous grille dominates the front end and the double-bubble roof from the donor car remains, though with a ‘fresh interpretation’, according to the firm.
Under the bonnet will be the same 5.2-litre bi-turbo V12 engine, which packs 715bhp, a 0-to-62mph sprint time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 211mph.
The DBS GT Zagato will be based on the stunning new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, using the same 5.2-litre bi-turbo V12 engine
In Superleggera guise, it develops 715bhp, has a 0-62mph sprint time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 211mph. If the Zagato bodywork is lighter, some of these figures may be improved
Even if a customer prefers one to the other, they have no choice but to own them both, as the requirement is that they come as a package deal called the DBZ Centenary Collection.
And it’s far from a buy-one-get-one-free offer.
The pairing will cost £6million before taxes – so ringing in at £7.2million for UK customers. That’s some mark-up when you consider the DBS Superleggera the modern Zagato is based on costs £225,000.
What drives the astronomical cost is the exclusivity of both machines, though mainly the Continuation car.
Point in case is the sale of one of the original 19 DB4 GT Zagatos that sold earlier this year to become one of the most expensive British cars of all time.
Chassis ‘2VEV’ – one of four from the 1960 batch commissioned for racing – was bought at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction for £10.1m in July.
Aston Martin Works already has a DB4GT Continuation project, so has experience of recreating the wonderful classic
Here’s what the final DB4 GT Zagato Continuation models will look like when they’re delivered to customers in 2019 – one year before the DBS GT Zagato is ready for collection
Not only will buyers be forced to find space for two machines, they also won’t get them delivered at the same time.
Aston Martin Works will have all 19 Continuation models completed by the end of 2019, while the rebodied DBS GT Zagato won’t be done until 2020.
Speaking about the collection, Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer said: ‘The partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato is one of the most fruitful and enduring in the automotive world.
‘With Zagato celebrating its centenary next year, what better way to celebrate this landmark – and the long-standing 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.’
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