Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers, founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The firm became associated with touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s.
Ercole Spada at Zagato transformed the DB4 GT into a smaller, more aerodynamic, super lightweight car. Many steel components were replaced by aluminium counterparts. Basically all non-essential elements disappeared, such as the bumpers. With the help of Perspex and aluminium components, more than 100 pounds (45 kg) was shed off the DB4 GT.
|Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato|
(25 produced, inc 4 Sanction II and 2 Sanction III)
|Designer||Ercole Spada at Zagato|
|Body and chassis|
|Related||Aston Martin DB4|
|Engine||straight-6 DOHC 3670 cc|
|Wheelbase||2,362 mm (93.0 in)|
|Length||4,267 mm (168.0 in)|
|Width||1,557 mm (61.3 in)|
|Height||1,270 mm (50.0 in)|
|Curb weigh||1,225 kg (2,701 lb)|
|Successor||Aston Martin V8 Zagato|
The most prominent DB4 GT Zagatos, affectionately known by the registration plates they share, of ‘1 VEV’ and ‘2 VEV’ which were both raced under the John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable with assistance from the Aston Martin factory. Both the Zagatos raced in the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans. However a repeat of the 1959 Le Mans victory was not to be, with both cars retiring. In July 1961 at a British Grand Prix Support race the Zagato had its first victory. With ‘2 VEV’ taking the last lap lead from a Jaguar E Type.