Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Allure of the Automobile Exhibit at the High Part 10, the Aston Martin Zagato

1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

Designed via a partnership between Aston Martin owner John Wyer and Italian coach builder Gianni Zagato, the DB4GT was intended for competition, as revealed through this stunning design by Ercole Spada. It's evident that the design mimics Ferrari's successful 250 GT Berlinetta - this example as been "dressed up" with bumpers and some additional chrome. Of the nineteen built, only six were left-hand drive.

If the car looks a bit familiar, it's younger brother the DB5 was made famous in Ian Flemming's Thunderball with Sean Connery at the wheel (and behind the switches for all the gadgetry).

Next up, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR

-- John

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