The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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2000 recreation by Evanta Motor Co. resembling an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

Lot No.: 444

Registration: W859 ODE
Chassis Number: SCFAB123YK300792
Engine Number: 00807
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5935
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Sold for (£): Unsold

For many automotive manufacturers during the 1960s, mastery in the World Sports Car Championship was high on the priority list. Aston Martin, Ford and Ferrari were battling it out at the ultimate endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a win and second place for Aston Martin in the 1959 race ensured the sixties would become very competitive indeed. Whilst the Ferrari team succeeded in evolving their race cars, Aston Martin tried in vain with the introduction of the DB4GT, but it simply wasn’t enough.

To help them conquer their Italian rivals, Aston enlisted the help, ironically, of Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Zagato whose brief was to use the existing DB4GT platform to produce a new car that would be more competitive than its predecessor. Launched at the 1960 London Motor Show, the new Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato was beautifully crafted and boasted a more aerodynamic body shape with a more pronounced and elongated nose and a rear end reminiscent of that of a Ferrari 250 GT SWB. Considered by many as one of the most beautiful Aston Martins ever made, Zagato were also able to shed 50 kgs of weight and add 12 bhp to the output. Only 19 of these wonderful cars were ever created, making them highly sought-after and desirable cars today – indeed, the last one to appear at auction in 2015 sold for $14.3million! 

Presented here is a unique take on the DB4GT Zagato which was coach built by the Evanta Motor Company based on a 2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage. The donor vehicle had been subject to light panel and bumper damage and hence is recorded as a Category D insurance loss, but this made it the ideal candidate to be re-bodied and modified. The relatively modern chassis and running gear should ensure reliability and the developed drivetrain will handle power delivery with the 6.0 litre V12 pushing out a whopping 420 bhp! The conversion has been carried out thoughtfully and the sumptuous red leather interior, new dashboard arrangement, new seatbelt anchor points and door cards are examples of modern design solutions in a sixties' classic. Most recently the car has been superbly painted in Aston Racing Green, reminiscent of the famous race car original ‘2 VEV’. At the same time, the car was fitted with new front springs, new front subframe mountings, new rear shock absorbers, and fresh fluids and filters. 

Now showing 45,540 miles on the odometer, this incredible DB4GT Zagato recreation will certainly turn heads. This actual Aston sold at auction in 2012 for 142,000 Euros, making it extremely attractive at today’s guide price and with genuine Zagatos almost unattainable and rarely coming to market, and Sanction II cars now making well north of £1 million, this fantastic 'homage' to the DB4GTZ represents a unique opportunity at a fraction of the price of the one of the original 19. Aston enthusiasts, form an orderly queue here, please……