A Limited Production of 20 Units
During the 1960 London Motor Show, Aston Martin introduced the DB4 GT Zagato. The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is a grand tourer (GT) coupe. Basically, the car begins as a DB4 GT. But, it receives alterations by the Zagato Factory in Italy, making it ever so greater. Thanks to Ercole Spada, this car became slightly smaller and more lightweight. From 1960 to 1963, Aston worked with Zagato to produce 20 total cars. Also, noteworthy, this car is to not be confused with its successor, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato.
3.7-Liter DOHC Straight-6 Engine
The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato sports a 3.7-liter aluminum twin-spark DOHC straight-6 motor. This engine produces 314 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Supporting the motor is a David Brown all-synchromesh 4-speed manual transmission. With a compression ratio of 9.7:1, this car can reach 60 mph in only 6.1 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, the Zagato takes only 14.1 seconds. On the high end, this car can reach around 154 mph. For the time, this car was able to compete in Grand Prix and Le Mans racing events. Thankfully, due to the Zagato Factory, this car shed over 100 pounds from the base DB4 GT.
A Review of Parts & Specifications
As an older car, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato has some top-notch specs from back in the day. Firstly, there is a rack and pinion steering layout, which can be seen in modern race cars as well. Next, there are wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar in the front. As per the rear, there is a live axle on coil springs. Furthermore, the brakes are Girling discs all around with no servo and separate master cylinders. On the carburetor side, there are three Weber 45 DCOE4 carbs. Finally, the car finishes off with Borrani 16×5” wire spoked alloy rims with Avon Turbospeed Mark II tires.
A Brief DB4 GT Zagato Racing History
At Goodwood in 1961 during Eastertime, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato raced in its first outing. Surprisingly, the car was able to accomplish 3rd place while being driven by Stirling Moss. Next, the car made its own history by winning first place in the July 1961 British Grand Prix Support race. The model sporting “2 VEV” obtained the DB4 GT Zagato’s first victory under John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable. Unfortunately, this car was crashed at Spa in 1962, requiring it to be rebuilt. This led to alterations which were later removed after another road accident. Finally, the DB4 GT Zagato Chassis 0200 participated in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, again, this car blew a piston after 9.5 hours of race time.
A Tip of the Hat to the DB4 GT Zagato
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Overall, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is quite a spectacular vehicle. Initially, the MSRP of this car was $7,080 USD. At the time, this was enough money to buy a livable home. Not surprisingly, this car recently sold by RM Sotheby’s New York for $14,300,000. That is quite an increase in value for the car. Regardless, this car is worthy of its highly collectible status, especially due to 19 remaining. In conclusion, it is only right to tip a hat to the DB4 GT Zagato due to its unique history.