Aston is (re)building the DB4 GT Zagato with HAMMERS

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Ain’t no school like the old school. Zagato Continuation cars are now being built

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Aston Martin is rebuilding 19 classic DB4 GT Zagatos, because why the hell wouldn’t you. The DB4 GT Zagato remains one of the prettiest Astons ever built; a collaboration with Zagato back in the 1960s, for a car designed and built to go racing against Ferrari.

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The company’s heritage division is now undertaking the build of the new-old DB4s, using HAMMERS. Yep, Top Gear’s favourite manufacturing device is being brought into good use. Aston will use more modern techniques too, naturally – including a “digital body buck” – but mostly, hammers.

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“The hand-finished body panels of the new cars, each worked from flat sheets of 1.2mm thick aluminium and representing hundreds of world-class craftsmanship, are created using techniques that were commonplace almost 60 years ago,” Aston says.

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Each car will wear those thin-gauge aluminium body panels over a tubular short-chassis frame that’s “optimised for track work”. Hammers and sideways? We’re going full Bingo card here.

The Zags will feature a straight-six with around 380bhp – three hundred and eighty! – a 4spd manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. There’s even a limited-slip diff on board.

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“Paired with the new beauty that is the stunning DBS GT Zagato, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cars that are being handcrafted here at Aston Martin Works are a unique and fitting celebration of the brand’s 60-year love affair with this unmatched Italian automotive style icon,” explains Aston Martin Works boss Paul Spires.

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Oh yeah, the DBS GT Zagato. Because this DB4 Continuation is part of a two-pack: for £7.2m, you get one of the recreated 1960s new-old Zagatos, and a brand new DBS GT Zagato too (previewed in the last shot, above).

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The DB4 will be ready by the end of this year, the DBS in 2020, and only 19 sets are available.

STORY Tom Harrison

Author: TopGear
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