We are delighted to release a new addition to the Amalgam Collection: the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato at 1:8 scale. Having been granted full access to one of the only 19 genuine originals by its owner, it is an honour for us to model easily one of the most exciting and beautiful sports cars to ever emerge from the United Kingdom.
It was unveiled at the London Motor Show at Earl’s Court in October 1960, clothed in a stunningly beautiful and lightweight body from the famous Italian coachbuilder Zagato. As pre-cursors to perhaps the most famous Aston Martin, DB5, DB4GT and DB4GT Zagato played a crucial role in defining some of the iconic design cues still used in by Aston Martin today. Only 19 examples of this car were ever produced, and this rarity is reflected in their high value today: an original could be expected to be achieve over five million pounds at auction.
The Zagato did race, earning a podium on its first competitive appearance in the hands of Stirling Moss. Three Zagatos competed at Le Mans in 1961, including the most well-known 1 VEV and 2 VEV of John Ogier's Essex Racing Stable. A repeat of the 1959 Le Mans victory was not to be, with all three cars retiring. Success would follow for the first time just a month later at Aintree in a British Grand Prix Support race, as Lex Davison, behind the wheel of 2 VEV, took a last lap lead from a Jaguar E-Type. Further success followed at several British circuits such as Silverstone, Oulton Park and Brands Hatch.
Featuring a full engine, interior and trunk detailing, our prototype is in the final stages of development. Our first small batch of models will begin assembly in the third quarter of the year, and we hope to deliver the first models before Christmas.