Gooding: 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Motorlegend.com

Fans of Aston Martin models should attend the sale organized this September 5 by Gooding & Company, at Hampton Court Palace, on which will be presented a rare Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato from 1961.

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato designed by the Milanese coachbuilder, was assembled in only 19 units at the beginning of the 60s, which makes it one of the rarest models of the brand of Gaydon, and the one of the most expensive with an estimated value of several million pounds (between 7 and 9 million for the chassis which concerns us here).

This DB4 GT chassis n ° 0176 / R powered by a 6-cylinder in-line unit developing more than 315 hp, associated with a four-speed manual gearbox, is all the more exceptional as it comes in a “Peony” dress ( a dark red) which he is the only one to wear.
Its first owner, by the name of Teddy Becker residing in Chechire, Great Britain, kept the vehicle for twenty years and only used it on rare occasions, smoldering at its wheel some 15 000 miles in total (just over 24,000 km).

Four other owners have followed one another behind the wheel since 1979, including former Aston Martin manager Victor Gauntlett. He was one of the main architects of the relaunch of the brand in the early 80s, and in 1986 he negotiated the return of Aston Martin in the James Bond saga (he even provided his personal pre- production of the Vantage to shoot in "Killing is not playing").

The current owner of this DB4 GT Zagato chassis acquired it in 1985 and has covered some 30,000 additional miles (48,280 km) on board.

This 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato can be seen in motion in the video offered by the Californian auction house, which will organize its first sale outside the United States at Hampton Court.

Photo credit: Gooding & Company

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