An Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato powered by its original engine | Car Catcher

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Not just one of 19 examples built, and not just one of only six configured in left-hand drive, but a 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato powered by its original engine.

The DB4GT’s first owner, one Commander James Murray (believed to have been a U.S. Navy attaché), ordered the car with several unique features like glass windows, special brake covers, a custom grille of Murray’s own design, and a body constructed using thicker-than-usual aluminum.

The seller notes that an inspection of the car in 2015 revealed that there was “no evidence of any new metal in the body” aside from a small panel that covers where the cut-off switch was once located.

Find this 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato available from RM Sotheby’s through its upcoming Monterey auction.

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DaveD New Reader
8/3/21 6:38 a.m.

As publisher of British Car Magazine in the 80s and 90s, the Monterey Historics and Pebble Beach Concours was an annual Mecca for me. One year, Aston Martin was the featured marque. I drove my 1968 DB6 from Los Angeles. So abundant were singularly fabulous cars on the lawns of the world-class concours throughout the area that no-less fabulous cars found their way parked on the nearby roadsides like any ordinary conveyance.

And it was one such morning I encountered an Aston-Martin DB4GT Zagato parked on the street outside a cafe, its Avon Turbospeed sidewalls blemished from a hasty curbside parallel-parking manuever. 

When will one ever see another parallel-parked DB4GT Zagato?

~ Dave Destler

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