Aston Martin has begun deliveries of its new/old DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cars. We’ve driven the thing, and it’s an absolute privilege. You get the involvement, noise, smell and style of driving a coachbuilt classic, whilst still being able to pound round a circuit for lap after lap safe in the knowledge that things aren’t about to disintegrate at any moment.
There’s another advantage of splashing £6million (approx. RM31.78million) plus taxes on this recreation (and its corresponding DBS GT Zagato) too. Buy an original DB4 GT Zagato and you’re limited in terms of spec – it’d take a brave and rather foolish human to respray an iconic 60s racer – but with the Continuation model, anything goes.
So, scroll through here for a sneak peek behind the scenes at Aston Martin Works, and prepare to go into full Internet judging mode at other people’s choices…
These three have come out rather well haven’t they? Green and red are both safe bets for a Zagato-bodied Aston. Green with a red stripe is inspired.
More stripe - you’re welcome. And is that a blue car lurking in the background there?
It is. We don’t know much about paint hues, but this one looks really rather lovely. That 4.7-litre straight-six makes 400bhp too. Even more lovely.
We’re not sure about the brown wings and orange window surrounds on this one. What’s that? Oh. Carry on old chap.
Has there ever been a better looking factory floor? Those Zagato-style bodies begin life as flat sheets of 1.2mm thick aluminium, before being hammered and rolled into shape, much like how it would have happened in the 1960s. Before painting, they’re checked under interrogation lights to pick out even the smallest imperfection.