sought after car. Only 75 - excluding the Zagatos - were built, with the aim of taking on Jaguar and Ferrari at the track. Five inches shorter, 90kgs lighter and 60hp more powerful than the standard DB4, it was an instant hit upon its launch in 1959, winning its racing debut at Silverstone in the hands of none other than Sir Stirling Moss.
There was still room for improvement though, which is where Zagato came in. They made the car smaller and lighter still, swapping the glass for Perspex and replacing many of the components with thinner aluminium ones. With the additional removal of brightwork including the front and rear bumpers, a further 45kgs was taken from the car. When an additional 12hp was coaxed from 3.7-litre aluminium straight-six too, all the signs were good.
Which is why the one we have here may seem a relative bargain. According to the ad, this is a 1961 DB4GT, originally registered to Sir Max Aitken of the Beaverbrook publishing empire. In 1967 he sold it to Bobby Buchanan-Michaelson, a wealthy enthusiast who decided he wanted the car for road use, rather than as a track-focussed racer - nothing changes, eh? He returned the car to the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell to have it re-fitted as a Grand Tourer. Built from scratch to his specifications, the 'DBGT Special' comprised the front end of a DB5 and the rear of a DB6, along with a sunroof, wider wheels, chrome coach line and two tone paintwork - as well as modifications to the interior.
Fast forward three decades to 2001 though, when a new owner saw the light and took the DBGT Special to RS Williams. Here it was completely re-built once again, this time being restored to its original 1961 specification before being sent Zagato in Milan for a coach-built body to be fitted.
It now represents one lucky multi-millionnaire's chance to own a car that is equal parts beauty and history, while still saving up for his next yacht. The question remains though, bank balance allowing, would you pay such a vast sum for a non-original car, even one with such a remarkable backstory? Or is it just an overpriced continuation: a Frankenstein's Zagato that would've been better left as was? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
ASTON MARTIN DB4 GT
Engine: 3,670cc straight-six
Transmission: four-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 306@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 270@5,000rpm
First registered: 1961
Recorded mileage: 7,000 miles
Yours for: £4,750,000
See the original advert here