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Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato
Aston had intentions on racing with the DB4 right from its introduction in 1958 even though the Works racing team was disbanded after winning the Le Mans 24hour and the World Championship in 1959. A prototype car with the code 'DP199/1' was the forerunner of the DB4GT which was launched at the 1959 London Motor Show. Aston shortened the chassis by 13cm and a thinner aluminium used to reduce the body weight by 45kilos. John Wyer, who had won Le Mans in an Aston Martin DBR1 met Gianni Zagato at the 1959 Earls Court Motor Show and a DB4 GT chassis was sent to Italy. Zagato gave the work to their new employee Ercole Spada , who it is said completed the design in just one week. Presented at the 1960 Earls Court Motor Show, the car went into production but only 19 were sold. The car was not a success on the track
ab_Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961 grille
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961. Beneath the bonnet lies the Ted Marek dohc straight-six 3670cc engine from the DB4 GT
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961 atspeed
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961 front
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961. Ercole Spada had only just joined Zagato when he produced this design, all done in about one week. Powered by a 3670cc dohc 314bhp 6-cylinder engine
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961 rear
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961. Carozzeria Zagato built the first DB4 Zagato to a design by Ercole Spada on a shorter DB4 GT chassis. However, aston Martin were not satisfied with the build quality and did the rest of the cars themselves.
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961 speeding
Aston Martin DB4 Zagato 1961. It is said that the design by Ercole Spada resembled a Ferrari 250 GT from the rear, but there can be no mistaking the Aston Martin front. Possibly one of the finest designs by this designer.
Carrozzeria Zagato
Aston Martin DP 212, 214, 215
Aston Martin DB4, DB4GT
Ercole Spada
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