An incredible 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato will make its way to the ‘Passion of a Lifetime’ sale at the Concours of Elegance next week on the gardens of Hampton Court Palace (estimate: £7,000,000 – £9,000,000).
Originally built as an evolution of the short-chassis DB4 GT, the DB4 GT Zagato followed a similar and successful recipe, with lightweight Zagato coachwork in a car that’s now widely regarded as one of the most beautiful, iconic, and desirable sports cars of its era.
Only 19 Examples
Only 19 examples of this racing thoroughbred were ever built, although Aston Martin is creating a unique DBZ Centenary Collection in partnership with legendary Italian design house Zagato with 19 ‘Continuation’ cars being painstakingly crafted at Newport Pagnell.
DB4 GT Zagato
The DB4 GT Zagato’s aesthetic appeal and racing achievements have left a powerful, enduring legacy and is being offered alongside a stunning assemblage of 15 extraordinary cars by Gooding & Co.
This particular car is chassis 0176/R and is the sole example dressed in Peony, a beautifully rich dark red. Its first owner, Teddy Beck of Cheshire, England, kept the Aston Martin for over two decades, driving it just 15,000 miles and adding a few of his own personal touches.
Remarkably, the classic Aston has seen only four owners since 1979, including Aston Martin director Victor Gauntlett and famed collector Paul Vestey.
The current owner, who acquired the car in 1985, has enjoyed this magnificent machine on road and track, driving it more than 30,000 miles and demonstrating its athletic, dual-purpose nature.
“A desirable Aston Martin which has won awards at the world’s leading concours d’elegance and was featured in numerous books on the marque and model. It retains its matching-numbers engine, as documented by factory build records on file, and is one of the very few Zagato-bodied DB4 GTs to remain in fundamentally original condition, having never required a complete restoration.
“With its irreplaceable, soulful character, unique appearance, and superb provenance, 0176/R is one of the very best, most original examples of this rare and sought-after breed.”
Complete List of ‘Passion of a Lifetime’ lots:
- 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (Estimate: £7,000,000 – £9,000,000)
- 1955 Aston Martin DB3S (Estimate: £3,000,000 – £4,000,000)
- 1935 Aston Martin Ulster (Estimate: £1,600,000 – £2,200,000)
- 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Cabriolet (Estimate: £450,000 – £600,000)
- 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Sports Tourer (Estimate: £350,000 – £450,000)
- 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports (Estimate: In Excess of £10,000,000)
- 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante (Estimate: In Excess of £7,000,000)
- 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix (Estimate: In Excess of £3,000,000)
- 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Speciale (Estimate: £1,600,000 – £2,000,000)
- 1965 Lamborghini 350 GT (Estimate: £400,000 – £550,000)
- 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America (Estimate: £700,000 – £900,000)
- 1959 Lancia Flaminia 2500 Sport (Estimate: £400,000 – £500,000)
- 1924 Lancia Lambda 3rd Series Torpédo (Estimate: £320,000 – £400,000)
- 1919 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer (Estimate: £1,000,000 – £1,400,000)
- 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE-Type Wensum (Estimate: £800,000 – £1,200,000)