Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation to debut at Le Mans

By CARSIFU | 11 June 2019

LE MANS: As part of Aston Martin's DBZ Centenary Collection, the British carmaker's DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will make its public debut at the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing - 24hrs of Le Mans.

The DBZ Century Collection will be priced at £6mil (RM32mil) including taxes with deliveries to customers starting in the third quarter this year. Deliveries for the upcoming DBS GT Zagato will commence in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The production model of this track-only DB4 sports car - one of 19 cars being made, will be unveiled at Aston Martin’s VIP hospitality facility alongside the famous French circuit and will be on show throughout the gruelling 24-hour race.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation (15)

As with all Continuation cars, the Zagato is being built at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England and is the go-to restoration facility in the world.

The car on show in France this weekend represents the proud continuation of the brand's association with the Italian coachbuilder and design house, Zagato for more than 50 years.

The Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the car’s exterior colour has been matched to original masters created by Max Meyer & ICI - the paint suppliers for the original cars.

Inside, the car is trimmed in Obsidian Black leather, which covers the pads in the carbon fibre race seats; door cards, headliner and rear environment.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation (8)

Black Wilton carpets bound in Obsidian Black leather trim cover the floor, stitched in matching Obsidian Black thread.

The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-litre version of the straight-six petrol engine found in the DB4 GT Continuation and, in this guise, is producing in excess of 390bhp which gets sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential.

Continuation specification instrumentation and interior equipment such as a full FIA-approved roll-cage as standard including the Borrani silver painted wheels and polished lips.

This particular DB4 was originally built to take the fight to Ferrari during the 1960s.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation (16)

The 2019 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations are meticulously crafted, staying true to those original Zagato-bodied DB4 GTs produced by Aston Martin and Zagato in the 1960s.

Each car is being constructed using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old-world craftsmanship and the application of modern engineering advancements as well as performance enhancements.

The body panels started as flat sheets of 1.2mm-thick aluminium and have been hand-finished with the same techniques that were used some 60 years ago.

Originally built as an evolution of the short-chassis DB4 GT, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation follows the same recipe, with those thin-gauge aluminium body panels dressing a lightweight tubular frame in a chassis optimised for the track.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation (5)