Destined to Break Records – The 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Coupe

‘The most valuable British car ever offered at auction in Europe’

This Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato has exceptionally grand expectations on its shoulders after being described as the ‘most valuable British car ever offered at auction in Europe’.

Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

One of the key factors leading to the “2Vev’s” extraordinarily high estimated price is the unrivalled rarity and provenance that the car offers. It is offered in pristine condition and boasts single family ownership for the last 47 years, since its inception; a feat that very few classic cars can claim.

The car is a lightweight version of only 19 models built in the Zagato’s inception year.

Extreme Racing Provenance

However aesthetically striking and beautiful the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato might appear, it certainly wasn’t made for show. This car has serious racing provenance, as indicated by its traditional racing green finish. It was raced internationally throughout 1961-62 against some of the current most expensive Ferrari’s on the planet.

Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

The Zagato was also driven by two-time Formula 1 World Champion and American Indianapolis 500 Miles winner Jim Clark.

Clark was the driver who was involved in one of the most astonishing and celebrated images in racing history – a collision with a Ferrari 250 GTO and another 250 GTO SWB at the RAC Tourist Trophy Race at Goodwood in 1962. The crash featured three of the most valuable and prestigious cars of the 1960s and indeed the classic car market of modern day.

The Zagato remains ready for track action to this day, after a full Aston Martin restoration in the 1990’s.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale

After a career of successful and historic racing in its home country, it seems fitting that the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato will go under the auction block at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on 13th July.

When the sale was announced back in February, James Knight announced that “2VEV is, by some distance, the most valuable British motor car ever to be offered at a European auction. It’s a landmark sale.”

Although no official estimate has been given, from these sentiments it can be assumed that the current record for the most expensive British car to sell at auction (£16.9 million) will be shattered when the hammer drops in July.

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About the Author:

Jack is a freelance writer that focuses on luxury asset trends for Borro Private Finance.