One of the most valuable and collectable cars in the history of Aston Martin is the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato.
This sports car manufactured by car company, Aston Martin, between 1958 and 1963.
This super lightweight sports car was introduced to the public in October 1959 at the London Motor Show as an exciting new development of the DB4.
It was effectively lightened and had a shorter chassis that essentially improved the car overall. The brain behind this was Ercole Spada, who worked in the Italian factory.
Initially, the factory had plans to produce 25 cars however this never went ahead.
Production ceased at the 20th unit developed. The smaller, more aerodynamic super lightweight car had many components replaced.
Predominantly steel components of the car. This included swapping steel for aluminium, and removing all non-essential elements such as bumpers – more than 45kg was lifted off the DB4 GT Zagato.
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato racing history benefited from making the car lighter.
In 1961, the DB4 GT had its first race at Goodwood, driven by Stirling Moss, where the racing car finished in third place.
It wasn’t until July 1961 at the British Grand Prix Support race the Zagato had its first victory.
The engine of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato produced 314 hp, a 0 to 97 km/h acceleration in just 6.1 seconds.
Top speed recorded was approximately 246 km/h.