THEWORKS! From db4 to Vanquish…
Issue 10 summer 2015 UK £5 Us $11.95
The rarest, most beautiful and most desirable of all post-war Astons. With the shortened chassis and highly tuned engine of the DB4 GT (but with an even higher compression ratio), and clothed in even lighter aluminium bodywork of quite exquisite proportions (the work of a young Ercole Spada), Zagatos today command vast sums at auction. Incredible to tell, then, that the original planned run of 25 was reduced to 20 because of lack of take-up. The unused chassis numbers were eventually recycled in the ’90s as the ‘Sanction’ cars.
5340cc, V8 432bhp @ 6250rpm 400lb ft @ 5000rpm 4.8sec 186mph
5935cc, V12 420bhp @ 6000rpm 400lb ft @ 5000rpm 4.9sec 185mph
SPECIFICATION Engine 1330cc, in-line 4-cyl Power 97bhp @ 6000rpm Torque 92lb ft @ 4400rpm 0-60mph 11.6sec Top speed 106mph
Based on the Toyota iq city car, the Cygnet was designed to deliver Aston Martin levels of style and opulence in a city car. Extensively rebodied to incorporate familiar Aston design cues and retrimmed in sumptuous leather, but mechanically unchanged, it wasn’t without appeal as a city runabout but on the open road it was no performance car. At £30,995, it was also breathtakingly expensive. Dr Bez, whose baby it was, hoped it would sell by the thousand, but with just hundreds sold it was quietly dropped in 2013.