Vintage classics have always been quite close to my heart. I believe, they bring with them a sense of raw performance, wrapped in a swooping, rounded, everlasting and beautiful bodywork. They remind you of a time when things were much simpler, when you had to do all the work instead of the car doing it for you. And even though you were building muscles while working with the powerless steering wheel and manual gearbox on the inside, the exterior design effortlessly made the onlookers drool and you, a celebrity.
Aston Martin still seems to live a little in the past and that's a really good thing, because later this week, it is said to unveil this: the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. Just 19 cars will ever be built and you can warm your eyes on one of the 19 at Aston Martin’s VIP hospitality facility in the upcoming Le Mans.
Built under the British carmaker’s DBZ Centenary Collection, celebrating the long-standing collaboration between the two companies - Aston Martin and Zagato, the latter further commemorating the occasion of crowning a centenary in 2019. The DB4 GT was the first Aston to don the Zagato treatment, in order to shove the likes of Ferraris in the sports car division of the sixties.
Hey! It is a 60’s era sports car. Won’t it be a bit slow now? Erm…...not exactly. Aston Martin is well aware of the ongoing horsepower-race in mind and has given this vintage remake a new heart. Gone is the older 3.7-litre inline-six and in comes, a bigger 4.7-litre version of the same leading to a bump of 76 horsepowers, resulting in the DB4 GT Zagato now putting out 390 horses. This upgraded power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox and regulating this will be done by a limited-slip differential.
Although it had to keep up with the modern pace, Aston Martin has still stuck to originals when it comes to making one and that seems like a hefty job. Built at Aston’s Heritage Division headquarters in Buckinghamshire, consummating modern robotics and meticulous manual labour, it still takes around 4,500 hours of craftsmanship to forge them. The blokes at Aston Martin deserve an extra emphasis here as all the bodywork has been kept identical to the original and the aluminium panels shaping the sublime exterior has been worked on by uugh uggh...not robotic but human hands. And with the objective to make this new car indistinguishable from the original, the methods and techniques used while shaping this car are exactly the same ones that were used by the engineers back in the 60s.
As, in the modern world, it serves its purpose of a race car, it had to be fitted with a roll cage and even the leather-trimmed seats have been made out of carbon fiber. However, it does come with a couple of problems.
The most prominent one being: it is not road-legal. Yes, you read that right, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cannot be driven on the road as it doesn’t adhere to modern safety regulations. You can only thrash it around a track and take it back home in a lorry. The other problem is the price. You need to sit down for this one. This track-only vintage classic will set up back for …...ahem, ahem…..$7.9 million plus taxes. With this price tag, it becomes the most expensive ‘new’ Aston Martin to be ever built.
No no, the world hasn’t ended yet, that could just be your bank account. But the best part is yet to unfold. And this is an ecstatic one. If you are one of those who form the cream of our economic hierarchy, meaning you are wealthy enough to buy a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and you do end up buying one, you won’t be left with a DB4 GT Zagato on a trailer. Instead, Aston Martin will be providing you with a street-legal, brand new, complementary special-edition DBS GT Zagato to tow it with.
As announced by Aston Martin in March this year, all the 19 Zagato Continuations will be paired up with the new DBS GT Zagato. Meaning? You can own the new DBS GT Zagato if you have the pockets deep enough to pay for the DB4 GT Zagato. Deliveries for the latter is expected to start by end this year while the former can only be delivered by late 2020. So, now, keep your eyes on the road for the street version, and on the track for the vintage one. Getting weak in the knees.....