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Zagato-Bodied Aston Martin Celebration

A display of one of every Aston Martin Zagato variant ever manufactured will be featured at the Concours of Elegance 2019, scheduled for 6-8 September at the Hampton Court Palace in Greater London. From the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato, right through to the Vanquish Zagato Coupe, Volante, Speedster and Shooting Brake, visitors will be able to browse 16 examples from this creative partnership.

The Aston Martin Zagato Celebratory Display is being curated by the Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC), supported by Aston Martin Lagonda and Zagato. The display will include a number of rare and unique models, including one of the most famous racing Aston Martins in history, DB4 GT Zagato ‘1 VEV’. Taking their place alongside ‘1 VEV’ are one-off cars including the V12 Vanquish Roadster Zagato, DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial and Virage Shooting Brake Zagato Centennial.

Aston Martin and Zagato first came together with the reveal of the DB4 GT Zagato at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in 1960. Initially designed with aerodynamics and light weight in mind — to make the DB4 GT quicker on-track — nobody could have known that this car would provide the spark for one of the motoring industry’s greatest ever double-acts.

For all the icons of Aston Martin and Zagato that abound today, it’s worth noting that after the initial DB4 GT Zagato, the companies wouldn’t work together again until the V8 Vantage Zagato appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in 1986 — over 25 years later. And then again, it wasn’t until 2002 that we saw the DB7 get the Zagato treatment, including the DB4 GT Zagato-inspired “double bubble” roofline.

Into the more modern era saw the next fruits of the Aston Martin Zagato partnership in 2011 — around the 50th anniversary of their first creation — with the V12 Vantage-based V12 Zagato. Then, even more recently, there was the reveal of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe, Volante, Speedster and Shooting Brake variants.

Earlier this year, Aston Martin and Zagato revealed the next step in their partnership: the DBZ Centenary Collection, in celebration of 100 years of Zagato — two cars you can only buy as a pair. The pair includes a Zagato-styled variant of the new DBS Superleggera and a continuation of the original DB4 GT Zagato. Only 19 pairs are available globally.

Although the Aston Martin Zagato display will be gathered at Hampton Court Palace for all three days of the Concours of Elegance, Saturday 7th September is the day to attend for Aston Martin enthusiasts. As part of the event’s car club displays — gathering hundreds of rare vehicles from the nation’s top car clubs — there will be a display of over 50 models on display courtesy of the Aston Martin Owners Club.

The Concours of Elegance’s main display of around 60 vehicles will be the focal point of the event, telling the story of the motor car from the 1890s right through to the modern-day. A 1921 Ballot S/C, the car that won the first ever Italian Grand Prix, was recently announced as one of the stars of the main display.

A number of 2018’s features will also be returning, including the Royal Automobile Club Trophy — contested by winners of the nation’s best car clubs — and the Future Classics class. Last year’s Future Classics included the unique Rolls-Royce Sweptail, the (one-of-seven) Aston Martin Vantage V600 and the McLaren Senna chassis #001.

Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director, said: “The Aston Martin Zagato partnership has produced such a consistently astonishing array of cars that it almost deserves an event of its own. What we’ve developed here in partnership with AMOC, Aston Martin and Zagato is the next best thing – a dedicated area at the UK’s top concours d’elegance event, hosted among the beautiful Fountain Gardens of one of Britain’s most amazing buildings. We’ve got so much world-class content at our event this year, however, this Aston Martin Zagato celebratory display is one that I personally can’t wait to see.”

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[Source: Concours of Elegance; photo: Tim Scott]

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  1. Who was in charge of the muffler/exhaust system in the leading and could easily have won the race of the TVR Griffith 400 at the 2019, 77th Member meeting at Goodwood, England and races? It was flagged off the course do to its tail pipes about to fall off or dragged to the point of breaking off.

    Just a little wire hanger safety around the exhaust pipe would have been an easy safety or reserve to keep the pipes where they belonged! Losing a race for an exhaust clamp failure is just awful.

    My best,
    Chuck Pineda in California, and supported of the Griffith, Series 400, a true champion of the 60’s GT’s.