The Greatest Aston of All Time


All images: Patrick Ernzen ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


Words by: JPS for duncan quinn

Of all the incredible cars we saw at Pebble Beach this year, the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato was the one that really had our tongue hanging out.

Extremely subtle compared to all the Italian finery on display, it’s without a doubt the most valuable and coveted road-going Aston Martin ever built. Only 19 of the DB4 GTs with gorgeous lightweight aluminum coachwork by the legendary house of Zagato were ever built from 1960–1963, and car collectors will literally kill to get their hands on one. Which is exactly what they’ll have a chance to do at RM Sotheby’s Manhattan sale – aka “Driven to Disruption” – on Dec.10. No estimate has been released, but the mouthwatering motor is easily worth $8-10 million.


The example on offer was the only one delivered new to Australia, where it remained for 30 years, scoring several racing victories including the South Pacific GT Championship and 4th-overall in the Sports Car Championship. In 1993 it returned to the UK and was seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival. Since a two-year, concours standard restoration in 2002 it’s been taking home trophies at Pebble and the Quail, the Louis Vuitton Concours, Villa d’Este and all the rest of the best.

“Never mind being the greatest Aston of all time, this is one of the greatest GT cars ever produced,” as Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder of RM Sotheby’s puts it. “To many, it is more beautiful than the stunning Ferrari 250 SWB but it is also vastly rarer. To my mind, the DB4GT Zagato begs closer comparison to the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO, although far fewer Zagatos were built than even that. It is an absolute jewel of a car and truly an opportunity that presents itself once in a generation.” Have at it, gents.


Patrick Ernzen ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Words by JPS for duncan quinn Photos by Patrick Ernzen