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Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Recreation

We have a long tradition working with Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato models - from fettling 2 of the 19 Zagato built original cars, one of the Sanction later cars, as well as building 4 recreations to a meticulous authentic standard based on our own body buck. This body buck which we used was created using an original Zagato bodied car as the basis. Many so-called recreations have proportions which are not quite correct and this is where our investment in a wholly accurate body buck from an original car provides us with a definitive template, to ensure accuracy which is more or less identical to an original car.

Typically we expend over 4000 hours and 4 years to build these recreations - we stop counting the time that goes into these projects after a certain period of time! The devil is in the detail and we ensure that our cars, which all use an original DB4 as a starting point, are road legal and prepared so that they drive as well as they look.

The original production run of 19 Zagato cars have now reached values which more or less preclude their use on tours and competitive events and for this type of use, an accurate recreation built on an original DB4 chassis, built to shortened DB4 GT specification is the only practical option for those with competitive aspirations. To this end, the last 2 examples we have built have come with engines built to the correct 3.7 litre specification - deliberately not a larger capacity such as the Sanction cars or other replicas. This means our cars would easily get FIA papers if applied for and would be eligible and doubtless invited, to all the best events. How often do you see an original Zagato race these days?!

If you have not driven a DB4 GT Zagato and not many have, make no mistake they really present an exhilarating driving experience, the lightweight body construction and twin plug GT spec head provide a significantly more energetic experience over a standard DB4 and of course, you have the added bonus of the body shape which is indisputably one of the most beautiful examples of coachwork ever conceived.

Our most recent example was built on an original DB4 lightweight chassis and is priced at approximately 8% (!)of the cost of an original car but presents a driving and aesthetic representation which is more or less identical to an original Zagato. We usually have an example in build for discerning collectors, but bear in mind that with the time required to build these cars that this is not a volume production exercise and we won't be undertaking these builds forever!

Contact us if you would like to find out more about our expertise with these cars and commissioning possibilities.

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