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Priceless racer to appear on track at Aston Martin Centenary

Friday, June 28 2013

A works Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato will be one of the highlights of next weekend's (6/7 July) Aston Martin Centenary Meeting. Only 19 cars were ever built and the car set to appear is one of only four race cars.

The DB4 GT was one of the most coveted cars of the 1960s and formed the basis of the DB5. The Zagato edition was unveiled at the London Motor Show, clothed in a lightweight body designed by Ercole Spada. With 12bhp more than the GT, a shorter wheelbase and 45kg of heft removed, it also had performance to match its looks. The 6-cylinder engine generated 314bhp, giving it a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of over 150mph, impressive even today.

Appearing on the Grand Prix circuit for demonstrations on the Sunday will be '2 VEV', which alongside its sister car '1 VEV', was raced by John Ogier's Essex Racing Stable with assistance from the Aston Martin factory. Both appeared in the 1961 Le Mans 24 Hours, and 2 VEV later took a win at the British Grand Prix support race.

After a crash at Spa in 1962 the car was rebuilt to a later racing specification but has since been restored to its original configuration. The road-going versions are already valued at over  £1 million, and with winning history, this car is almost priceless.

Click here to visit the official Aston Martin Centenary Meeting website.

Tickets for the Aston Martin Centenary Meeting at Brands Hatch on 6/7 July are available from £14 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.