The DB4/GT Zagato, which when new in 1962 cost $8,300 (£5,470), was sold at RM Sotheby’s Driven By Disruption event in New York. The classic Aston sold for an astounding $14.3 million (£9.45 million). That price sets the new world record for the most expensive British car (sold at auction) of all time. The previous record was held by a McLaren F1 sold for $13.3 million (£8.8 million) earlier in 2015.
When Aston sent the DB4 to Zagato, the goal was to maximize performance and take on Ferrari in the World Sports Car Championship.
Zagato reduced the weight by 110lbs and got 12 additional horsepower out of the 3.7-litre inline-6 engine. Total power: 314bhp.
The gauge cluster sits behind a thin, wood-rimmed steering wheel. A large tachometer and speedometer sits in the center with additional gauges for fuel level and oil pressure. The DB4 came standard with a 4-speed transmission that handled the 240lb/ft of torque and let the Zagato get from 0-60 in just over 6 seconds. Top speed: 153 miles per hour.
The particular car that was auctioned was #14 of the 19 unit run. It was originally delivered to Laurie O’Neill from New South Wales who owned a race team that included various Ferrari and Porsche racers as well.
The last trade of the car occurred in 1993, it was then lightly restored and shown all over the world, taking many trophies with it, back to the UK.
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