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  Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1960 - 1962
Numbers built:19
Introduced at:1960 London Motor Show
Designed by:Ercole Spada for Zagato
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 23, 2015
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Chassis: DB4GT/0186/R
Of the 19 DB4 GTs clothed by Zagato, this was the only one delivered new to Australia. Completed late in 1961, it was sold to Sydney-based businessman Laurie O'Neill, who was also an avid amateur racer and also fielded his cars for others. Entered for Doug Whiteford, it was hugely successful during the 1962 season, scoring outright victories in the first three appearances. O'Neill also managed to clinch a couple of class victories behind the wheel of 0186/R, as did Ian Geoghegan, who raced the car for O'Neill during the second half of 1962. At the end of the year, O'Neill sold the car on, which meant the end of its contemporary racing career.

During the subsequent 30 years, the rare Aston Martin was owned by just two Australian collectors. In 1993, it was repatriated to the United Kingdom through marque experts Goldsmith & Young. The new owner was Scotsman G.K. Speirs, who would go on to campaign the car extensively including at the first two editions of the Goodwood Revival. He also brought it back to Australia for demonstration laps during the 1998 Australian Grand Prix and also a historic race at Adelaide. Soon after, Speirs sold the car on to American collector Peter Read.

Shortly after acquiring the car, Read submitted it to a ground-up restoration. Responsible for the mechanicals were Aston Martin specialists Richard S. Williams, while the bodywork was refurbished by Zagato. This proved to be the start of a close relationship between Read and Zagato, which fuelled the creation of several Zagato-bodied Aston Martins like the DB9 Centennial Spyder and the DB7-based models. Following the restoration, Read successfully showed the DB4 GT Zagato on both sides of the Atlantic, scoring numerous class and best of show wins in the most prestigious of events.


Chassis details
Manufactured in December 19, 1961
Engine number 370/0186/GT
First owner Laurie O'Neill
License plates 73 GYL, 4 RTA
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2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering 2013 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering
2013 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering 2013 McCall Motorworks Revival 2009 Concours on the Avenue 2009 Concours on the Avenue
2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2006 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering 2006 The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering
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