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1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

A Limited Production of 20 Units

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Front Corner with View - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Front Corner with View – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

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.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

3.7-Liter DOHC Straight-6 Engine

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Engine Bay - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Engine Bay – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

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.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Review of Parts & Specifications

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Front Fender - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Front Fender – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

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.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Rear Overhead - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Rear Overhead – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Brief DB4 GT Zagato Racing History

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - 1 VEV - Front Bumper - Silverstone 2009 - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – 1 VEV – Front Bumper – Silverstone 2009 – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

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.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - 2 VEV - Rear - Silverstone 2009 - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – 2 VEV – Rear – Silverstone 2009 – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Tip of the Hat to the DB4 GT Zagato

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight Is Much Stronger Than English Breakfast Tea – Petrolicious – YouTube

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.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Aston Martin to Build 25 James Bond DB5 Models

Aston Martin to Build 25 James Bond DB5 Models

“The name is Bond, James Bond”

Recently, Aston Martin announced a decision to build 25 James Bond DB5 models. Previously, a few years ago, Aston built a limited amount of DB4 GT models. Now, after its success, Aston aims to redo the legendary DB5. In the James Bond film Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 makes it debut to fame. On a further note, EON Productions will be involved in the new builds of the car, which is the company that produces the Bond films. This is an exciting time for auto enthusiasts and collectors. Owning one of these models may not withhold the treasure of one from the past, but a new one will still be stunning, and well worth it.

Basis for the Goldfinger DB5

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Ferrari Pursuit Action Scene - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Ferrari Pursuit Action Scene – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 25 James Bond DB5 models by Aston Martin will have a basis on the original car. This car was built by Aston Martin Works years ago. But, there will be alterations to improve quality and reliability. These cars are meant to be authentic reproductions of the Goldfinger version of the car. So, this means the exterior will be Silver Birch paint. Furthermore, the car will have additional functioning gadgets such as revolving license plates. These are gadgets seen in the James Bond film, making this car even more unique.

Statement by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Sean Connery Posing - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Sean Connery Posing – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

”The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud, and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years… To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy. The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.” – Statement by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer

Obviously, there is a major connection between 007 and Aston Martin. This venture started years back and continues even today in newer films. Recently, another 007 film was announced to be in the works, bringing back the current actor Daniel Craig. Previously, when the Silver Birch DB5 made its debut, Sean Connery was 007. At the time, he did a fantastic job and fulfilling the role. This movie made a major link between James Bond and Aston Martin. A DB5 with 007 gadgets built in the same factory is absolutely a collector’s dream. With a limited run of 25 units, this car will be a tough purchase to find, for almost everyone.

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Sean Connery with View - Side - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Sean Connery with View – Side – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The MSRP is $3.5 Million USD

GOLDFINGER – Bond Car Chase Through Furka Pass in Switzerland – virtualee2000 – YouTube

In conclusion, the Aston Martin James Bond DB5 models will be quite a spectacle. With a MSRP of $3.5 million USD, this car targets only the wealthy. Only 25 customers will be lucky enough to get their hands on this specific build. But, even furthermore, this car will not be street legal. So, basically, it becomes a display piece for the living room. But, who wouldn’t want a James Bond DB5 as the centerpiece inside their house? Aston expects to deliver these vehicles to customers starting in 2020.

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 - Posing in London - Rear - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 – Posing in London – Rear – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

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