My Car Quest

September 28, 2020

The Timeless Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

With the many car events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic we will not see the car action we are accustomed to at this time of year. I thought it would be a good idea to reach back into the My Car Quest archives and occasionally re-post certain articles with photos of interesting cars and events to help us get through.

This is the tenth of the My Car Quest Archives SeriesThe Timeless Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato published in June 2012, photographed at the Presidio of San Francisco Concours d’Elegance in 2009, which is an event that did not survive although it was a great event in a wonderful location.

Mike Gulett, Publisher

by Mike Gulett –

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is one of the most recognizable cars in the world even though there were only 19 originally made.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

The body was styled by Ercole Spada at Zagato and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever. Zagato has quite a reputation to live up to with this design and they are trying with their recent design work for Aston Martin, BMW and others.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

The engine is a straight 6-cylinder DOHC 3670 cc displacement producing 314 hp and the transmission is a 4-speed manual giving the car a 0 to 60 MPH acceleration of just 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 154 MPH.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Engine
What a jewel.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Some of these cars were raced at The 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1961, 1962 and 1963. They also raced at other European races in the early 1960s.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

That door handle looks just like the handles in the Bizzarrini.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

This perfect Aston Martin was parked next to my Bizzarrini GT 5300 at the Presidio of San Francisco Concours d’Elegance in 2009. I have seen this car at other car shows in Northern California and I always stop and look every time. It is owned by a well known California Aston Martin collector, a very nice gentleman.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Doesn’t it look great next to the Bizzarrini? Aston Martin racing green and the silver of the Bizzarrini are a great compliment.

I wonder which one would win a race?

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

James Bond did not drive this Aston, pity. Although I have noticed that many of the cars driven by James Bond have accidents and I could not stand to see that happen to one of these.

So, maybe it is not such a pity.

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

The judges are taking a very close look and the closer you look the better this Aston looks. It won first in class.

Aston Martin DB 4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin DB 4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin DB 4 GT Zagato

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Aston Martin DB 4 GT Zagato Logo

 

 

Some of these pictures were taken by Michael Menetto.
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The Timeless Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
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The Timeless Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
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Some Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatos were raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1961, 1962 and 1963. They also raced at other European races in the early 1960s.
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  1. autotraveler says

    Mike, I have some non-car show shots of a Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato that if you would like to use to augment your photos here or to use down the road, please let me know.

    Rich Truesdell

  2. Grifo4me says

    Zagato at his best!

  3. Does anyone know the correct color of the 2018 Aston Martin DB4 GT

    • I suspect it is Aston Martin racing green from the ’60s (the same color as the car pictured here), which is different than the current Aston Martin racing green.

  4. Trevor Gaunt says

    The Sanction II (1989) and Sanction III (1991) cars were all “R.S.W. Green”.
    However, assuming this is an original 1960s car, it could be one of the two superlightweight (DP209) versions built for John Ogier’s Essex racing team, both of which were painted “Aqua Verde Caliente”, which must be some sort of green.
    Nevertheless, I reckon it’s most likely DB4GT/0184/R, a 1961 car with Almond Green paint and black interior. My data were gleaned from this website https://astonmartinzagato.com/registry/

  5. Awesome keep the pics coming this is refreshing…

  6. Glenn Krasner says

    I truly believe that your Bizzarrini would win in a race against the DB4, as the Bizz had a 365 hp V8 Corvette engine against the DB4’s 314 hp straight six, but it sure is a gorgeous car!!!

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