Production is well underway at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell on the Aston Martin Continuation program’s latest model, the DB4 GT Zagato – 10 of the 19 buyers should receive their cars in the fourth quarter of this year.
It’s the second model in the Aston Martin Continuation program. The first was the DB4 GT Continuation in 2017, of which 25 units were produced.
Aston Martin Works is also simultaneously working on the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Edition, due for launch in 2020. The DB4 GT Zagato made its official debut at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Buyers of the latest Continuation model will have to shell out £6 million ($A10.72 million) for the privilege. That sounds like a lot but they’ll also get one of 19 brand-new DBS GT Zagatos as part of the deal. Bargain!
The DBZ Centenary Collection (above), as the two-car package is known, is a fitting tribute to the famed Italian coachbuilder which celebrates its centenary this year. Deliveries of the DB4’s companion will begin in Q4 of next year.
Each Continuation car takes around 4500 hours of labour to produce. Despite their heritage designs, they don’t use any old or donor parts. There’s undoubtedly going to be some cognitive dissonance as you sit in a sexagenarian car and get a whiff of new car smell.
Though the Continuation cars employ a “sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements'', they're not street-legal. If you have the dosh to afford a pain-staking replica of a treasured classic, however, you can probably afford the track access required to drive one. Perhaps you could even build a road on your private island?
Those performance enhancements result in a healthy boost in power. Though the original produced 234kW from its 4.7-litre straight-six, the Continuation car bumps that to 290kW. All 19 Continuation cars use a four-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.
The 19-unit production run is the same as the original DB4 GT Zagato. Unveiled at the 1960 London Motor Show, the classic Aston wore a new, lightweight body from the famous Italian coachbuilder, designed for better performance at the racetrack.
Young designer Ercole Spada penned the DB4 GT Zagato’s lines, which are distinctively Aston Martin and yet brimming with Italian brio.
While the original examples are worth a small fortune today, Aston Martin and Zagato ended production of the original car early due to weak demand.
Originally, 25 were planned. Nevertheless, Aston Martin and Zagato collaborated again over two decades later with the 1986 V8 Zagato, the second in a decades-long line of sporadic Aston/Zagato releases.
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