Aston Martin is taking advantage of the trend of building brand-new factory continuations of vintage cars, revealing several new/old models built in limited numbers. The latest is this DB4 GT Zagato continuation, first announced last year. Aston has just completed the first one, and it's a stunner.
Painted in Rosso Maja red over Obsidian black, DB4 GT Zagato continuation No. 1 sports a 4.7-liter straight-six engine sending over 390 horsepower to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential—a healthy improvement over the original's 314-hp, 3.7-liter powerplant. Inside sits an FIA-approved roll-cage and carbon fiber bucket seats, while Borrani knock-off wire wheels round out the design. Like the Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars that came before it, this car is technically considered a brand-new vehicle—and thus, it's not street-legal, as it doesn't meet any of today's safety or emissions standards.
Just 19 Zagato continuations will be built at Aston Martin's in-house classic car department, at a price of $7.9 million taxes. If that sounds like a lot, well, it is. Especially for a car you can't drive on the street. Aston Martin claims this is its most expensive new car ever, far surpassing the company's $3.25-million hybrid V-12-powered Valkyrie hypercar. But owners shouldn't fret—Aston revealed back in March that each DB4 Zagato buyer will also get a brand-new matching special-edition DBS GT Zagato to go along with their classic. And at least the modern car will be street-legal.
Aston says the first DB4 GT Zagato continuation will make its public debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15th, with deliveries starting later this year. Deliveries for the DBS GT Zagato will start in late 2020.