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VANTAGE - - The Specialist Post Vintage - DB4 GT Za­gato

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.

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