That paint is splashed (with care) on a body made of 1.2mm hand-formed aluminium which is assembled by man, not machine. However, unlike the designers of the ‘60s, Aston Martin and Zagato – between which there has been a relationship for over fifty years – have used modern computing power and digital design techniques to ensure the body of the Continuation is millimetre perfect in comparison to the original car, and of course, the remaining eighteen to be built.
Inside, it’s 1960s business as usual, though if you look closely, you’ll see there are some modern antics going on. For example, under that Obsidian Black leather there are carbon fibre race seats. The kind of stuff that would have blown minds back in the day, but more importantly than that, it’s a lot safer than the original kit, which is good. Much like the roll cage, which has been engineered to meet contemporary FIA standards.
Under that handmade bonnet you’ll find the 4.7-litre straight six which, thanks to cam work, a racy head and a perfectly designed crank, kicks out some 390bhp. And as you’d expect, there is a brace of three pairs of carburettors, too. Just imagine the noise.
The car is, as you can see, nothing short of magnificent. We love to see manufacturers putting so much attention on their heritage, so a car like this gets two big thumbs up from us. But then our thumbs waiver, because this car comes with a couple of caveats.
Firstly, the Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Continuation can only be bought as part of a pair, the other car being the DBS GT Zagato – an all-new machine that will be built in 2020. For the two, it will cost an eye-watering £6,000,000. But that’s not the big issue. No, that comes in the form the DB4 Zagato being track only, as in, you won’t be able to drive it on the road. And that’s a crying shame. We understand that it’s a ‘50s design, and as such to put it on the road, given modern safety requirements etc would be a bureaucratic nightmare, but if Morgan can do it…
Still, rather then be sad this beautiful machine will never see a road, we should instead focus on the positive of Aston Martin taking such an exceptional level of pride in its past, and taking the opportunity to bring it back to life, even if its future use is limited to a track. Though really, that is its spiritual home and it’s where this incredible machine can be used to its full potential, so perhaps it’s not all bad?