In 1961, the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato made its official debut and even though it wasn’t a commercial success, the car became a legend among car enthusiasts all over the world and today is one of the most valuable collector cars, a model being sold in 1990 for 1.7 million pounds. Based on the Aston Martin DB4 GT, the car was heavily modified by Zagato and it had a final power output of 314 hp and some pretty amazing performance figures for that time: 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 154 mph (246 km/h).
The partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato continued over the years, several Aston Martin models being upgraded by the Italian company, including the 1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato and V8 Vantage Zagato, which did the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds and reached a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) and the Aston Martin DB7 Zagato, which was built in a 100-unit run starting with 2003 which was extremely successful in the United States.
Now, 50 years later, the two companies announced a new collaboration to celebrate the DB4 GT’s anniversary, the result being a concept car scheduled to be unveiled later this month, on May 21, at the Villa D’Este Concours on the Lake Como shore in Italy.
Dr. Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive was quoted in the press release: “The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world’s most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration”. Dr Bez also added that “now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time.”
But it looks like the new Aston Martin Zagato will be more than just a concept, because Dr. Bez announced that it will make its official racing debut at the end of May, on the Nurburgring race track. Depending on the model’s results on the potential customers’ feedback, Aston Martin also considers a production version of the car, which could see daylight as soon as 2012.
Unfortunately, Aston Martin and Zagato were pretty cheap with the details revealed to the press, especially with photos, only one teaser image being released. From what we can see, the car is probably based on a current Aston Martin model, but somehow we’re pretty excited about this and can’t wait for the Italian event to see it in the flesh.