Meet Aston Martin's most expensive (and oldest...) new car
You may remember that last month Aston Martin revealed the absolutely stunning DBS Superleggera based DBS Zagato. This car is part of the DBZ Centenary collection, in which very limited numbers of special edition cars will be made and only be available to buy in pairs with another of the DBZ Centenary models. The DBS Zagato's paired model has just started to be delivered to its customers (the DBS Zagato will arrive in the garages of its lucky owners in early 2020) and good lord, it really is something...
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This is the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and if it looks familiar to you, that's because it is. It's a modern recreation of the famous DB4 Zagato and it is, for all intents and purposes, the most expensive new car Aston Martin makes. Like the DBS Zagato, only 19 of them will be made and because you have to pay for both cars to get one, the price is absolutely eyewatering - you'll need to cough up $7.8 million to be one of the lucky 19! So what's so special about this car that makes it worth part of that $7.8 million price tag? It's an absolutely exquisite piece of hand-built machinery. Like the original car it's based on, it's constructed of thin gauge aluminium body panels placed over a lightweight tubular frame. Also like the original car, it's powered by a 380 hp straight six engine that sends power to the rear wheels through a four speed manual gearbox. Unfortunately it's a track only car, so there's no way any of its owners are going to be able to take one out for a spin on the road (at least for now...).
Photo: Aston Martin
Whilst it could be seen as somewhat unnecessary for Aston Martin to make a faithful recreation of a car that they only produced a very limited number of back in the 1960s, I feel like it was a great move of them to do this. The DB4 GT Zagato is an iconic car with an iconic design and it has a rightfully hallowed place in the halls of Aston Martin's history. Why not revisit the design in 2019 and allow the brand's wealthiest customers the possibility of being able to buy one again? For whoever is lucky enough to own one of the pairs of Zagato designed Aston Martins, Christmas has definitely come early as there'll be an incredible collectors' piece showing up at their houses very soon!