Super rare GT4 Zagato could take $11 million at auction and it's easy to see why
Only 19 were ever built.
‘Passion of a Lifetime’. That’s the name given to one of the most regal yet classic car collections ever to go under the hammer tomorrow, 5th September 2020. US auction house Gooding and Company are conducting this auction in the UK for the first time, and this lot has to be a literal eye-opener. Cars like ‘37 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, ‘59 Lancia Flaminia, ‘65 Lamborghini 350 GT and a ‘71 Lamborghini Miura SV form the core of this 15-model line-up.
But there’s one model in this collection which claims to have been retained as entirely original, bolt by bolt. And it’s this 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. No amount of restoration is said to have been needed on this vehicle, constituting as one of only 19 units ever built. If that didn’t quench your thirst for exclusivity, this is the only example in the world, finished in Peony dark red.
As the name suggests, the swooping body on this car was coach built by renowned Italian design house, Zagato. Underneath that bulged hood lies a 3.7-litre inline-six engine made out of aluminium by Aston Martin, putting out 314hp. This enabled the DB4 GT to crack the ton in just 6.1 seconds. For a car from the 60s, that’s sportscar territory even by 2020 standards!
Another feature not seen in all sports cars of current times but equipped in this rare offering is disc brakes on all four wheels. But the rest of the vehicle is pretty 60s with components such as slim wooden steering wheel, wind-up windows, a dashboard without any screens and a plethora of analogue dials in front of the driver.
Mind you, the odometer in this analogue instrument cluster would proudly retrace the roots of this car to being not another garage queen. In its 60-year-plus livelihood, this Aston Martin has seen multiple owners with the first one having it in his possession for nearly two decades. However, in those twenty years, he racked up close to 15,000 miles. The list of owners that followed comprised of Aston Martin director Victor Gauntlett and famed collector Paul Vestey.
The last owner himself amassed around 30,000 miles, so you know the mechanicals were put to intended use rather than gathering rust. Additionally, the car has been featured in numerous books while winning prestigious awards in the world’s leading Concours d’elegance as well. So, the new owner would essentially be getting a workhorse which also wins most of the beauty pageants it enters.
Gooding and Company estimate this ‘61 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation to sell somewhere between $9 million to $11 million. I suspect it to touch the latter easily, courtesy of its stock mechanicals, the Italian bodywork, the brand name, the engine and the pristine condition it looks to have been maintained in.